Getting Married Aboard A Boat In The Netherlands

Getting Married Aboard

Getting married aboard a boat in Amsterdam or any other part of the Netherlands is a safe haven to express your boundless love for one another. It’s a romantic and timeless experience for lovers of canal cruises. So, where do you start your search?

And how much should you splash out? Well, nautical tourism is making big waves. So, before you step onboard, tie the knot, kiss under the skinny bridge and have the captain ring the wedding bells know this. You cannot get legally married on a boat. However, you can host an officiant or celebrant-led ceremony.

Another thing, getting officially hitched is also possible. How? It’s easy peasy. Just obtain a civil license from the municipality of the country where your reside. Thereafter, bring the documents [if necessary] to Holland to enjoy a  dream canal boat wedding.

So, are you ready to leisurely cruise the waterways of Holland? No need to harbour the thrilling thought any longer, it’s going to be plain sailing. I’ve got you covered to stay afloat. Continue reading about the costs…

Getting married aboard

getting married aboard Dutch saloon boat with open roof, white and red ballons and flowers

Nautical-themed boat wedding on the Amsterdam grachtengordel – canal belt | Everyone looks impressed!


1. Amsterdambyboat | request pricing & package

Firstly, you decide on the pick-up and drop off points for you guests. And can request that there is enough space for your celebrant-led wedding on board. Even better, many boats are an authorised wedding location. Travelling along the canal system you’ll adore the romantic Dutch landscape backdrop for your photos. So, call now to book your voyage.

2. Costs of getting married on | from 98 euros p.p.

Secondly, you can push out the boat, if your ideas are springing up and spilling over. Basically, as a tourist you’ll be steering away from all the traditional marriage rules. From the walk down the aisle to sitting at the altar every key step is restricted. Although this maybe true, you set the timetable for your floating wedding ceremony.

3. Wedding aboard | from € 1.425,-

Thirdly, fall in love with all the bells and whistles this certified boat wedding rental company has to offer. Celebrating your big moment aboard a party ship with a retractable roof means you’ll open the floodgates of joyful tears. Loved ones shall be keen to share your happiness. Moreover, the meaningful moment is emphasised while sailing on the channels of water.

4. Rederij Stiphout, Maastricht | request pricing & package

Rederij Stiphout is Maastricht’s pride and joy on the water. Another thing, this boat rental company leaves you spoilt for choice. The passenger ships striking furnishings add to your fairy-tale dream wedding. So, celebrate, admire the sights, explore the canals and enjoy your wedding day and night aboard. It will be a priceless experience!

getting married aboard Dutch tjalk boat with white sails

Dutch barge: A term for several types of traditional flat-bottomed shoal-fraught sailing barge, originally used for carrying cargo in the Zuyder Zee and on the rivers of Netherlands. Also called a schuyt. Source: Dutch river-liner cruiser | Geul Servaasbrug Rederij Stiphout

Geul Servaasbrug – photo courtesy of

5. Rederij Spido, Rotterdam | from € 23.75 p.p.

A distinct wedding in Holland is a sailing event on the Spido. Docked at Rotterdam harbour, this luxury boat rental company has cozy, new and up-to-date vessels. Most importantly, you’ll have sheer enjoyment and the best ambiance for your big day. Another thing, the staff knows the ropes and will create a wedding of your dreams.

6. Raderstoomboot De Majesteit, Rotterdam |request package

In addition, getting married aboard De Majesteit is a dream come true. Literally translated, it means the Majesty. This cruise ship is one of the largest and most luxurious paddle steamers in Europe. Refurbished and in pristine condition for your wedding event it’s the perfect boat rental. In short, a royal treatment awaits you in nostalgic Dutch style and atmosphere.

getting married aboard Dutch tjalk boat with white sails

Dutch tjalk | Inland sailing trip with loved ones guarantees a boating experience brimming with love for a lifetime.

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7. Before boarding | from 45 per hour

And there’s more you need to know about planning your wedding aboard a Dutch boat. First off, after you’ve registered your marriage at the town hall, hire a boat rental in Amsterdam. Technically speaking, a wedding cruise on a marriage vessel in Holland is more relaxed than a casual venue on land. However, if you’re non-Dutch the law requires that you obtain your official paperwork before boarding.

8. Blue Boat rental Amsterdam | request pricing & package

Additionally the tide has turned on marriage ceremonies. Therefore your celebrations should reflect your lifestyle, aspirations and love for one another. So, soak up the breathtaking and enigmatic views of the Dutch coastline aboard the Blue Boat. By stemming the tide of a traditional ceremony, you are guaranteed a coastal wedding reception [± 80 persons] of a lifetime.

9. Flagship private luxury canal tour – Agatha | From € 395

Alternatively, if your interested in an electric boat for a catered event, Flagship’s elegant salon boat can service your needs. Guaranteed a memorable moment aboard, from the ceremony, reception to the evening celebrations, you’ll enjoy the journey. Amaze your guests with such awe-inspiring panoramic floating wedding location.

10. Fleeting boat moments with | From € 400 full day

Furthermore, navigate the beautiful canals with your partner and begin a good start to your marriage. Actually, capture fleeting moments and genuine emotions during your big day. By marrying on a retractable roof boat your nautical theme wedding ideas will not sink. And you’ll learn how to handle the rough seas of life before laying a solid foundation for your future together.

11. De Muider Compagnie, Muiden |request pricing & package

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 gliding wedding venues in the Netherlands. These sovereign boats designed with your comfort in mind provide catering, too. So, charter

12., Amsterdamfrom € 75 p.p. provides you with the ultimate true titanic moment. Charter a boat and experience a nautical styled wedding, on 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. Would you like to know more? Rent a boat at


Lastly, imagine weaving through the Dutch canals and being welcomed onboard a love ship [“stap in het huwelijksbootje”]. Well, all the above boat rental companies have implemented strict Dutch RIVM guidelines. Designed to prevent contamination and the spread of the virus means you sail safely. Boats operate under protected conditions and be aware of the following:

  • Cleaned and disinfected upon arrival are the toilet, tables and doorknobs on the boat.
  • Secondly, there are a limited number of wedding guests allowed onboard [contact the boat you desire for more details].
  • A social distance of 1.5 metres apart must be adhered
  • Reduced personalised service due to Covid-19
  • Guests on board must follow boating staffs instructions
  • Toilet facilities maybe restricted


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