Waterside Wedding Venues For A Nautical Themed Celebration

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Looking for waterside wedding venues in Amsterdam? Here are some amazing waterfront locations to choose from. Recommended by real couples. Whether you are planning a nautical themed wedding, anniversary or special event, it will not be plain sailing.

Are you a foreign national, expat, Dutch citizen or resident who wants to explore the breathtaking scenery? Or do you dream of boating along gabled houses? Well, if you are already married you can go ahead and book a dream waterfront spot.

However, if you are getting legally married then you must meet four criteria. Luckily, I’ve listed them for you below. So, whether you are a first, second or third time boater. And before you get the life jacket to jump ship. Get inspired by these waterside wedding venues in Amsterdam.

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What’s the greatest appeal of waterside venues? Mooring at the shore, calling ship ahoy, and kissing under the skinny bride, Amsterdam goes hand in hand with wonderful waterside weddings.

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Hotel Prinsengracht | waterside wedding venue

Firstly, this waterside wedding venue in Amsterdam is the place to swap your vows: Hotel Prinsengracht is a nestled in the sensational canal district. In 2010, it was listed as a Unesco’s World Heritage.  And be warned, once you experience this hotel, you want wont to leave but enjoy your honeymoon, too. Source:www.prinsengrachthotel.nl

Pulitzer Amsterdam | Prins van oranje age

In fact, the Pulitzer hotel could tickle your fancy too. It spans over two canals, the Prinsengracht and Keizergracht. Known for offering a sublime setting for Amsterdam events, weddings and parties, you leave a legacy to keep the Dutch Golden Ages tradition alive.  And don’t forget to take a private tour on their classic salon boat dating back to 1909.”  www.pulitzeramsterdam.com

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Pulitzer hotel is the perfect location to host your marriage celebrations. It comprises of twenty-five historical canal-side houses dating back to the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

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The Dylan | Keizersgracht

So, the modern Dylan Hotel nestled in the heart of the “9-streets” area is the place to officiate your wedding. Together with that you and your bridal party enjoy the prestigious “Keizersgracht” residence. Above all, the bespoke service and restaurant caters for your guests and unique waterside event.” Source: www.dylanamsterdam.com

Museum van Loon | Keizergracht

For true historical lovers, this beautiful serene location was originally the home of the founder of the Dutch East-India Company. Converted into a museum and a wedding venue, it offers the bride and groom the perfect backdrop for speaking their marriage vows. If you want to get hitched in the Golden age, then Museum van Loon is the place to be. The gardens border a residential area. www.museumvanloon.nl

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In fact, internationally recognised as part of the historic inner city’s center,Amsterdam canal’s are a stunning place full of Dutch charm. image Andaz Hotel Amsterdam

Hotel Estheréa| Singel Gracht

And there’s more…imagine hosting your wonderful waterside wedding Amsterdam at a truly authentic location. Well, the hotel Estheréa is the place to be. Additionally, the seventeenth-century building along Amsterdam’s oldest canal: the Singel has a beautiful ambiance. So,  plan an unforgettable reception at a historic spot where the Dutch couples go too. Source: www.estherea.nl

Room Mate Aitana | waterside wedding venue

In addition, located on the river “langs de ij-oevers” is Room Mate Aitana. A fantastic boutique hotel with a luxury lounge bar and marina. Suited to couples with a jet-set lifestyle, it’s the ideal waterside wedding venue. There is space enough for your boat and entourage. Create something uniquely your own, a tailor-made marriage celebration.” Source: room-matehotels.com

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In fact, this lavish waterside wedding spot takes great pride in offering you a truly personalised and regal feel.  Room mate aitana hotel – Amsterdam | Gracia Aguirregomezcorta Public Relations

Huis van Brienen | waterside wedding Herengracht

Immerse yourself in this undiscovered wedding location, the Huis van Brienen in the fashionable heart of Amsterdam. Experience a special ceremony in the historial painted room, toast to love with guests in the front room. And enjoy a fantastic dinner in the beautiful dining room. A pearl of an event location where everything comes together! www.toptrouwlocaties.nl

House Bartolotti | Herengracht

Are you ready to say, “YES” in this dreamy historic waterside wedding venue? Well, the museum House Bartolotti is the place to host it. Imagine your ceremony being officiated in the courtyard garden. Afterwards, you and your family can dine in the dining room surrounded by a marble fountain. Complete the day and dance the night away amidst the beautiful decor. Find out more: www.museumhuizen.nl



Waldorf Astoria waterside wedding Herengracht

The Waldorf Astoria renowned for their sheer elegance, distinguished restaurants and lounges is the place to host an Amsterdam wedding. It’s located in the golden bend “gouden bocht”. And the wedding venue set of gabled houses is the perfect place for a stunning bridal party. And leaves your wedding guests with an impression to remember, it’s a great hotel with jetty.

Sweets Hotels Bridge Keeper’s House Amsterdam

Imagine being the captain of your own “bridge keeper’s house”? Well, you can thanks to Sweet Hotels, their inspiring locations are one-of-a-kind waterside hotels. Dotted across Amsterdam you have a choice of 28 different bridge keeper’s houses. “Each bridge / lock house has been designed into a tiny 1-bedroom hotel suite. It’s perfect for an elopement wedding for two” sweetshotel.amsterdam

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To complete your memorable day, book  restaurant. It offers delicious mouthwatering food. Waldorf Astoria Hotel – Herengracht Amsterdam

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Hangar Amsterdam

The Hangar Amsterdam is a unique waterside wedding venue for your perfect day. In fact, the beautiful terrace overlooks the Amsterdam IJ. It’s a romantic city garden, and is the intimate heart of your city marriage celebrations. What’s more, this riverside location with a beach offers you a personalized wonderful wedding service you and your guests cannot resist.

Het Grachtenhuis Museum – Herengracht

The historical Het Grachtenhuis – Museum located on the “Gentleman’s Canal” is a superb wedding venue for the artistic couple. You can get married in the front room with views overlooking the Herengracht. Or what about saying “I Do” in back room with views of the magnificent garden. It sounds truly idyllic, right? Well, find out more…

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A Dutch wedding in the heart of Amsterdam with all the trimmings of an international ceremony for American, British and European couples. Marriage chamber – Herengracht Amsterdam

Sir Adam Hotel | Waterside Wedding – River IJ

And don’t let me take the wind out of your sails, Sir Adam has got your wonderful waterside wedding covered. Not to mention the sensational bright views of the city and abundant natural light flood into your location. Sir Adam boutique hotel situated on “de ij-oevers” is an authentic wedding experience. Designed for those seeking a special spot at the top of the world. www.sirhotels.com

The Hoxton Hotel – Herengracht

Imagine a location rich in history and full of local buzz. Well, The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam has it. It is the place to celebrate your intimate wedding or small anniversary event. It’s located on Herengracht canal,a few steps away from the “9e straatjes”. So, moor up your boat, alight and enter a charming venue inspired by diversity, originality and you. Source: thehoxton.com


In fact, you can celebrate your Amsterdam wonderful waterside wedding in pure Dutch style.


To get married in the Netherlands, you need to meet four criteria

1. Firstly, you have to be 18 years or older.

2. Secondly, you don’t hold a marriage license. Or have a registered partnership with someone else.

3. And you may not be directly related to each other. Brothers and sisters cannot marry or (grand)parent/(grand)child.

4. Lastly, one of you must be Dutch or officially living in the Netherlands.

Source: www.amsterdam.nl/en/civil-affairs/getting-married

Finally, don’t let the above rock your boat. Get down to your local town hall and obtain your legal paperwork. Host your Amsterdam marriage celebrations. And don’t worry about the planning of your wonderful waterside wedding. Bon voyage…

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Explore the canal belt because I’ve done all the hard work for you! So, pick a Amsterdam canal side hotel wedding venue of your nautical dreams.

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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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