Getting Married in the Netherlands | Avoid These Popular Wedding Dates

getting married in the Netherlands couple hugging and kissing on a bridge

With the tidings of destination weddings, getting married in the Netherlands is on trend and you might be searching for the perfect venue to celebrate your love. Marrying your partner in Holland, is a unique once in a life time experience. However, picking a popular date above a random one could be a bad idea.

For instance, if it scores high on your wish list to tie knot on a specific day, you may be out of luck. Why,  your save-the-date could on an official Dutch national holiday. Plus,  combining an international wedding with a romantic honeymoon might not come to fruition.

Look at it this way, there are some dates you need to avoid or you’ll pay through the roof. So, take a peek below at the most common ones. You’ll also find information about the best Dutch wedding professionals who’ll assist you on your journey. Last but not least, all the very best with the preparations for your big day in Holland. Keep reading…..

Getting Married in the Netherlands? Wedding Dates To Avoid

getting married in the Netherlands old-fashioned white and brown dutch boat on the Amsterdam canal belt


1. Dutch style weddings on Kings day April

Firstly, if you plan to get married on Kings day, 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.

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.

3. Dutch carnival 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.

Getting Married wedding aisle processional father of the bridePhoto credit:Brandon


4. Easter : Sunday and Monday in April

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.

5• Liberation Day: May

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.

Getting Married a beautiful thatched windmill on top of a Dutch hill


Photo credit: Johan Wieland

6• Ascension Day: May

And there’s more…. Ascension day may pose a problem. According to wedding statistics (UK & NL),  your swanky 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.

7• Pentecost: Sunday and Monday in June

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 a unique location; a castle, boat or an island such as Texel for the entirety of your event.

 wedding couple bride with big smile on her face and groom kissing her

Screenshot: Jena and Robin (

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.

9• SAIL Amsterdam 2020

Furthermore, if you want to get married during SAIL 2020 [12 until 16 August], find out and manage the total costs for your nuptials. It is a busy period for lovers of sailing, boating and anything else nautical. So, a good financial overview gives you great insight into which essential elements are necessary for the ultimate dream wedding.

10• Christmas, Boxing day & New Years

Lastly, if you choose to get married during the Dutch public holiday season or another wedding date hire a wedding photographer. Equipped with the right gear you’ll capture extensive coverage of the entire day. A standard album can cost between €600 – €3000, depending on the date, time and quantity of photos you require.

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a specialist celebrant | marriage officiant | wedding ceremonies MC with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hotspots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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