Second Marriage and Remarriage Ceremonies in Holland

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Planning a second marriage celebration is exciting and special because you’ve been given a second chance at love and can celebrate in style. Although you’ve found the ideal partner, arranging your ceremony can be one of the biggest causes of stress. So, how do you get it right this time around?

Well, you could borrow something from the celebrant-led ceremonies in Holland. Providing you with more flexibility and choice it’s easier to plan your ceremony before or after the set UK hours of 8am until 6pm.

And there’s more good news…these types of weddings along with outdoor remarriage ceremonies allow you to marry where and when you like. Moreover, you create a fresh new start and cement your unique bond.

So, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your big day to the max and take a leaf out of the Dutch marriage law book? Think about it, you can have a night time soiree and remarry outside of the traditional hours. Read on…

Second Marriage | Remarriage Ceremonies

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Flexibility combined with a personal wedding service

Firstly, with a new outlook on marriage come new planning ideas for holding a romantic wedding under the twinkling stars. Imagine you can say, “YES” [again] beneath a beautiful summer evening sunset on a Dutch beach. Or envision your big moment in the heart of Amsterdam aboard a boat under the magere brug [skinny bridge]. It is possible in the Netherlands.

Second marriages allow you to tie the knot the right way

Another thing; Dutch rules do not stop couples from tying the knot or registering a civil partnership outside daytime hours. In fact, in some districts [municipalities] the ancient marriage licensing laws [UK] and restrictions are not in force. Actually some cities and villages allow you to marry for FREE. Find out more at

Freedom to remarry at night

Secondly, this is excellent news! Government Ministers in Holland have relaxed the rules on holding a wedding ceremony at night. This means you can get married before the hours of 8am and after 6pm! Ultimately, this significant step allows you total freedom to plan your dream second wedding. Furthermore, you don’t have to rush to complete the paperwork or ceremony anymore.

Alternative wedding dates and hours

Alternatively, with Dutch marriage licensing laws you can plan it the way you like. If you don’t fancy a party that lasts all day, you can incorporate the ceremony into your evening celebrations. So, plan a Dutch-style wedding in the setting sun of a tulip field at night. What about, a 24 hour festival wedding or a rustic and relaxed open-air marriage ceremony.

Relaxation about second wedding

Additionally, you could be turned off by day time second weddings and prefer to host an event at 1am in the morning. Night time remarriage celebrations planned by wedding planners are on the increase. What’s more, there are lots of beautiful chapels in Holland for you to create the ceremony you long for.

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Rules abolished for preventing evening and late-night remarriages

Lastly, don’t be crushed by second marriage bureaucracy. Rules have been abolished in the NL that prevented evening and late-night celebrations. So, remember there are no restrictions on when you want to get hitched. Holland is paving the way for alternative and modern second marriage ceremonies.


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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 choir is rewarding work. But, what's my guilty pleasure? I love food, travel hotspots and on-line retail therapy. Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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