Getting Married Aboard A Boat? Dutch Boat Wedding Ideas!

Getting Married Aboard

Are you falling in love with the thought of getting married aboard a boat in Holland? Are your boat wedding ideas spilling over? Well, love is an anchor but you can push the boat out because it’s a wedding experience of a lifetime. However, you’ll be steering away from all the traditional marriage ceremony rules.

From the walk down the aisle to sitting at the altar every key step is restricted. Although this maybe true, imagine the look of excitement on your guests’ faces when they find out you’ll be having a nautical theme wedding. Celebrating your big moment on a Dutch sailboat will be priceless!

But, what is the difference between a registered marriage ceremony at a fixed address and getting married on a boat? Technically speaking, a wedding cruise is more casual than a venue on land. However, Dutch laws require that you obtain your paperwork to get married officially, before boarding the vessel.

Do you still like the idea of saying YES while leisurely cruising the Dutch waterways? Don’t harbour the thrilling thought anymore, it’s going to be plain sailing. And everyone will be keen to share your happiness. Here are seven reasons to consider a special charter for your boat wedding. Continue reading about…

Getting married aboard

1. Breathtaking and enigmatic views of the Dutch coastline

To begin with the tide has turned on marriage and your wedding celebrations should reflect your lifestyle, aspirations and love for one another. So, you should soak up the breathtaking and enigmatic views of the Dutch coastline. By stemming the tide of a traditional ceremony, you are guaranteed a coastal wedding of a lifetime.

2. Fleeting boat moments and genuine emotions

Furthermore, you and your first mate are trusted allies and want a good start to your marriage. So, capture fleeting moments and genuine emotions during your big day. By marrying on a boat your nautical theme wedding ideas will not sink. And you’ll learn how to navigate the rough seas of life before laying a solid foundation for your future together.

3. Naupar.nl, Amsterdam and beyond

Thirdly for a true titanic moment you can charter one of the boats from Naupar.nl. Enjoy a nautical styled wedding, aboard a majestic sailing ship. Otherwise, choose a historic tjalk (classic yacht). Docked all over the harbors of North Holland, these vessels are awaiting your presence. Travelling along you’ll adore the romantic Dutch landscape backdrop for your wedding photos. Amaze your guests with such awe-inspiring panoramic wedding locations. Here are the details of Naupar.nl. www.naupar.nl.

4. De Muider Compagnie, Muiden

Another option is De Muider Compagnie, located on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Hundreds of couples have enjoyed their hospitality and flawless services. It is one of the most popular wedding venues in the Netherlands. These boats are unique to the region. Designed with your comfort in mind  the company provides catering, too. Guaranteed a memorable moment aboard, from the ceremony and reception to the evening celebrations, you’ll enjoy the journey. Charter now www.muidercompagnie.nl.

5. Rederij Stiphout, Maastricht 

Rederij Stiphout is Maastricht’s pride and joy on the water. This pleasure boat company named after the carpenter van Stiphout leaves you spoilt for choice. They have five passenger ships for you to admire the sights. Also, the ship has striking furnishings and supports you in realising your fairy-tale dream. There is enough space for a band, choir or DJ on board. Even better, it is an official wedding location. Call them today to book your voyage. www.stiphout.nl

Geul Servaasbrug – photo courtesy of www.rederijstiphout.nl

6. Rederij Spido, Rotterdam

If you would like a distinct wedding, consider a sailing event on the Spido. Docked at Rotterdam harbour, these stylishly adorned ships are awaiting your arrival. More importantly, these vessels are cozy, new and up-to-date. That means sheer enjoyment and the best ambiance. Another thing, the luxury liner is suitable for chic occasions. And the friendly staff knows the ropes and will create a wedding of your dreams. Spido sails a clear course characterized by quality, and class. Bruiloft.nl/rederij-spido

7. Raderstoomboot De Majesteit, Rotterdam

Lastly, welcome aboard De Majesteit. Literally translated, it means the Majesty. This has been one of the largest and most luxurious paddle steamers in Europe since 1926. Refurbished in 1999 this cruise ship is in pristine condition for your wedding event.  They cater for large parties. In short, a royal treatment awaits you in nostalgic Dutch style and atmosphere. Consider this ship for a special night of celebrations after your wedding ceremony. Here are their details. https://www.raderstoomboot.nl/contact/

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner enjoying a work-life balance in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. My celebrant | marriage officiant | master of ceremonies | gospel choir services, take me all over Holland. What's my vice? I love on-line retail therapy. Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE and see you soon!

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