How To Plan Your Vondelpark Wedding in Amsterdam

vondelpark wedding

Vondelpark is the most famous park in Amsterdam and many of you, brides and grooms to be dream of hosting your wedding at this location. Although planning a ceremony in the heart of the beautiful city is a romantic idea. There are some things you need to know…

For instance, an outdoor wedding in the park is not possible. The Huwelijksbureau Amsterdam [registrar’s office] does not issue licenses to marry in Vondelpark. Do you know why? Well, Vondelpark is a public area with many luscious green spaces and with ponds. The urban park that is open to everyone has no official status as a wedding venue.

Another thing, have you thought about the costs and the lawful side of your marriage? In fact, hosting a ceremony outdoors is not legally binding. What’s more, you need a legal civil wedding performed in your country of residence to formalize the marriage. Actually, it won’t be officially recognised unless it’s been licensed and approved by a local authority.

So, with the above in mind, I hope it hasn’t put you off your outdoor wedding plans. Therefore, take a peek below to find an alternative to your Vondelpark wedding…

Vondelpark wedding

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Application for marriage license and certificate denied

Firstly, you may long to get married in Vondelpark, it’s a gorgeous location to tie the knot. However, the Dutch municipality, Amsterdam town hall does not issue licenses (grant of approval) to get married in the park. Due to the fact that it has no fixed address, your marriage will not be valid. For in-depth information see Huwelijksbureau Amsterdam.

Legal stuff out the way

After you’ve arranged your marriage license you are free to contact an Amsterdam based  marriage officiant | wedding celebrant. So, get help with all the practical stuff for planning an alternative Vondelpark wedding. Actually, a wedding professional can advise you about local photographers, eateries, hotels and suppliers.

Authorised wedding venues at your service

And there’s more… save yourself the hassle of getting a license. Book an authorised wedding venue located in or adjacent to the Vondelpark. Spoilt for choice to create a momentous celebration, you can host your event at’t Blauwe Theehuis, Groot Melkhuis and the Vondelkerk. More importantly, you and your guests will have an amazing time.

vondelpark wedding bride, groom and wedding party during a photoshoot image Ewan McIntosh|

Vondelpark versus another Amsterdam Park

Lastly, although you cannot persuade Amsterdam City Hall to issue a license for your Vondelpark wedding. There are plenty of options for an outdoor ceremony. Why not get married at Westerpark, Dignita Hoftuin, Vondelpark 3 or Oosterpark – Arena Hotel. Moreover, whatever you do, don’t give up on the dream to say, “YES, I Do” in Amsterdam.


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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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