Getting Married in the Netherlands? Wedding Dates To Avoid

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With the tidings of destination weddings, getting married in the Netherlands could score high on your wish list. Marrying your partner in Holland, is a unique once in a life time experience. However, your wedding date may fall on an official Dutch national holiday.

And your idea of combining a bilingual wedding with a romantic honeymoon might not come to fruition.  Look at it this way, if you long to transform your day of love into an amazing destination wedding. There are wedding dates you need to avoid or you’ll pay through the roof.

So, take a peek below at the most common national holidays held in the Netherlands. You’ll also find information about the best Dutch wedding professionals, hotels and boat companies who’ll assist you on your journey. Last but not least, good luck with all the preparations for your wedding in Holland. Keep reading…..

Getting Married in the Netherlands? Wedding Dates To Avoid

wedding cruise on Amsterdam canal1. Dutch style weddings on Kings day 27th April

Firstly, if you plan to get married on Kings day 27th April, it will be very difficult. Kings day along with Kings Night is known as the biggest street party event of the year. The city centre and canals are also jam-packed too. So, arrange your marriage license well in advance at your local authority, in your country of residence. Afterwards synchronise the celebrant-led wedding with your venue.

2. Good Friday celebrations

In addition Good Friday celebrations bring many Dutch people to the heart of Amsterdam. Therefore, opt for a simple ceremony at the town hall (with 2 witnesses) before planning your bilingual wedding party. Afterwards, plan a bigger congregation at a luxury hotel or on a canal boat of your choice. Visit the expatfair for some inspiring ideas. It is the largest event for internationals starting a new life in the Netherlands.

3. Dutch carnival 3rd until 5th March

Like I said, the Dutch love a party and in South Holland you can experience the carnival. So, how do you get everyone on-board? And create a special day that sails along smoothly? Well, the overall cost of a wedding in the Netherlands is steadily rising to up to €30.000. This sum scraped together, could include your notice of marriage, wedding certificate, celebrant fees and your location in the southern region of Holland.

4. Easter : Sunday 21 and Monday April 22, 2019

In addition the Easter weekend gives you much opportunity to plan a special wedding. And the Dutch wedding sector is full of the most diverse vendors, wedding stylists, boat companies and major hotels. Additional products and the best suppliers needed are also available to transform your destination wedding abroad. Plus, you’ll find lot’s of alternative celebrants (native English speaking) for your price range  and chosen wedding date.

5• Liberation Day: Sunday 5 May 2019

Another thing, on the day of Liberation, the entire country commemorates Armistice day. And if you’re partner hails from another corner of the world and you’ve got Dutch style wedding on your mind. Then, this might be the perfect time to celebrate your cultural heritage. However, you could find it tough to make any decisions about your big day in Holland. So, use this planning checklist, to guide you through your itinerary.

6• Ascension Day: Thursday, May 30, 2019

And there’s more…. Ascension day may pose a problem. According to wedding statistics (UK & NL),  your location, catering and choice of celebrant could take up a huge amount of the budget. So, hire an all-in-one wedding venue that has hotel, restaurant, bikes for rent and boating facilities for your family and friends to enjoy. Start right now with a comprehensive list of people you wish to invite.

7• Pentecost: Sunday 9 and Monday 10 June 2019

Additionally, you can represent all of who you are and opt for a combined Dutch church, ceremony and reception. Once again, this could set you back quite a bit of cash. But, what the heck, you only get married once, right? Therefore, choose for a unique location; a castle, boat or an island such as Texel for the entirety of your event. Make sure it suits your style, budget and accommodates all your family, in-laws and friends. Find out more at

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8. Gay pride | End July until begin August

Although Amsterdam Gay Pride is not an official Dutch holiday, it’s an extremely busy time in the city. And during the biggest gay event in the world wedding costs can get a little crazy. Therefore, if you don’t have an adequate amount of money you need to set a budget and a strategic plan. Furthermore, it helps you sort out and manage the total costs for your nuptials. Moreover, a good financial overview gives you great insight into which essential elements are necessary for the ultimate dream wedding.

9• Christmas, Boxing day & New Years

Lastly, if you choose to get married during the Dutch public holiday season or another wedding date hire an experienced professional wedding photographer. Equipped with the right gear a photographer captures extensive coverage of the entire day. Relive your memories time and time again. A standard album costs less than €600. However, this price may increase to €3000, depending on the date, time and quantity of photos you require.


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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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