Vondelpark Wedding – What Every Couple Need to Know

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Congrats! You just got engaged and would love to have a romantic Vondelpark wedding because it has a special place in your heart. Here’s an insiders view that every couple needs to know. Getting married in nature is beautiful, but can you get officially married in Vondelpark?

Whether you grew up in the buzzing capital, it’s reminiscent of your childhood years or have fond memories of the metropolitan, check this out. Perhaps, you came on a work trip and fell madly in love with a colleague, and now pin your hopes on marriage. You’ve set your sights on a marquee wedding in the place that holds special memories in your heart. Quite right, it’s a rustic location for a remarkable and distinctive celebration.

Nevertheless, you and other brides, grooms to be want to know if it’s possible to get officially wed in the popular park? Here it is, your ceremony must take place at an approved premises or other permanent structure. In fact, it’s mandatory to have a civil ceremony service of your marriage in the municipality of the country where you reside [residents permit]. Read on…

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vondelpark wedding bride holding white lace umbrella and posing with the groom

Regardless of your ethical beliefs the awesome Dutch vondelpark is a magnificent setting for the ultimate post Covid-19 wedding experience. Photo credit: www.aleksandrastriapunina.com


Say Yes, I Do in a green oasis

So, to reiterate, a civil partnership certificate or registrars marriage certificate must be obtained. Recognised and approved by your local authority this permits you to have an alfresco style symbolic wedding. And once you’re officially hitched bring documentation of your legal marriage status to Holland.

Park wedding off-limits

Sadly, official Dutch park weddings in Amsterdam are off-limits. Due to marriage and park regulations, the Huwelijksbureau Amsterdam [registrar’s office] does not issue licenses. Parks are open to the general public  and must provide access. In truth, all urban parks such as Vondelpark decline civil weddings and partnership registration ceremonies.

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Vondelkerk streetview

Park wedding ceremonies are off-limits. Before or after your marriage celebrations a photo shoot can take place. Celebrate one of the most important days of your life.  Photo credit: www.stadsherstel.nl – vondelkerk


Public park regulations

Have I burst your bubble? Well, don’t let it put you off. Regardless of the lawful side of your nuptials, and the legally binding regulations. With no official status as a venue you can plan a family group picture alfresco style. So, get your make-up and hairdo ready for the first look with the right photographer.

No fixed address as a wedding venue

Thirdly, Vondelpark is a gorgeous quintessential setting, right? However, it has no fixed address as a wedding venue. Therefore lawful marriages cannot take placed and are not validated. The City Office of Amsterdam doesn’t grant an approval for you to marry in the park. Luckily, there’s other wedding permits the Huwelijksbureau Amsterdam can issue. Find out now!


vondelpark wedding couple strolling in the park during the evening sun.

Vondelpark acts as an awesome backdrop for international wedding photos. It’s a place of youth sentiment and pure nostalgia. From family holidays, honeymoon trips or a romantic weekend away this is a dream location for an alternative marriage celebration.  image credit ELIZAVETA CHAYKO via Pexels


Impromptu Vondelpark wedding shoot

Look planning an Amsterdam park wedding is special. But, what’s extra special is arranging a memorable moment with loved ones. So, get help with all the practical stuff for planning a picture perfect wedding shoot the garden of love. Actually, there are lots of local photographers who shine a bright light and capture your celebration on film.

Alternative Vondelpark venues

Thankfully, you can host an officiated celebrant wedding on the outskirts of Vondelpark. There are plenty of options. Adjacent to the park are alternative licensed venues for your ceremony and approved premises for an evening reception. So, don’t forget to have an statutory registry office ceremony to obtain your registrars marriage certificate.

  • ’t Blauwe Theehuis
  •  Groot Melkhuis
  •  Vondelkerk
  • Swanky Conservatorium Brasserie
  • De Arendshoeve – The Garden of Amsterdam.
A beautiful summer evening sunset over a wild lake in Berkendonk Holland

Imagine the butterflies you felt holding hands with your partner while rambling through an urban Amsterdam park.  – Berkendonk a park of natural beauty!

Vondelpark alternative wedding ceremony in a green oasis

Lastly, falling in love with the idea of a Vondelpark wedding is an exciting feeling. So, if the park or another Amsterdam city park is the right spot but the gardens are off-limits, don’t despair. Fear of missing out is no longer an option. Here are some options for your alfresco affair in an iconic urban city park.

  • Westerpark
  • Dignita Hoftuin
  • Vondelpark 3
  • Oosterpark – Arena Hotel
  • Amsterdamse bos

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a ceremonial wedding - symbolic marriage officiant with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hot spots 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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