The Best Waterside Wedding Venues In Amsterdam

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Waterside wedding venues are part and parcel of the appeal of Amsterdam. Imagine you are in seventh heaven on a boat, steadily cruising down the canal. But stop! Are you a foreign national, expat, Dutch citizen or resident who desires to get hitched in the city of gabled houses?

Well, exploring the breathtaking scenery, with loved ones isn’t going to be plain sailing. Why? Although you and your guests are impressed with your choice of venue. The ambience at your waterfront spot is disrupted by the following.

And what’s that I hear you ask? You just want to get married. But here is the deal…whether you are a first, second or third time boater, and before you get the life jacket to jump on board. Mooring at the shore and calling ship ahoy goes hand in hand with this advice. 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.


Waterside wedding  venues

Knowing this shouldn’t rock your boat. Get yourself to your local town hall and obtain your legal paperwork to host your celebrations. And don’t worry about the planning of your waterside wedding. I’ve done all the hard work for you! So, see below links to canal side hotel venues. Bon voyage…

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Hotel Prinsengracht waterside venue

Firstly, this waterside wedding venue needs no introduction: Hotel Prinsengracht is a nestled in the sensational canal district. In 2010, it was listed as a Unesco’s World Heritage. In fact, internationally recognised as part of the historic inner city’s center, it’s a stunning place full of Dutch charm. And be warned, once you experience this hotel, you want wont to leave.

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. And it’s known for offering a sublime setting for events, weddings and parties. Leave your legacy here and keep the Dutch Golden Ages tradition alive. It’s the perfect location to host your wedding celebrations. And don’t forget to take a private tour on their classic salon boat dating back to 1909.”

Waterside wedding restaurants hotel near canal belt amsterdam Pulitzer

Pulitzer hotel 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 be after you’ve explored the canal belt. Actually, it’s situated on the prestigious “Keizersgracht”. And this lavish waterside wedding spot takes great pride in  offers you a truly personalised feel. Above all, the bespoke service and restaurant caters for your guests and unique event.” Source:

Hotel Estheréa| Singel Gracht

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

bride and groom getting on boatPhoto by Andaz Hotel Amsterdam

Room Mate Aitana | waterside restaurant

Third to last, located on the river of Amsterdam “langs de ij-oevers” is Room Mate Aitana. A fantastic boutique hotel with a luxury lounge bar and marina. The perfect place to transform your waterside wedding. Basically, each marriage celebration is unique, and a tailor-made event completes your memorable day.” Source:

Waterside wedding restaurants boat in harbour of Amsterdam

Room mate aitana hotel – Amsterdam | Gracia Aguirregomezcorta Public Relations

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Waldorf Astoria waterside wedding Herengracht

Distinguished restaurants and lounges at the Waldorf Astoria are renowned for their elegance. Found within the golden bend “gouden bocht” this vibrant Amsterdam set of gabled houses is the perfect location for a wedding party. The restaurant offers delicious mouthwatering food. Furthermore, leaving your guests with an impression to remember, it’s a great hotel with jetty.

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Waldorf Astoria Hotel – Herengracht Amsterdam

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Hangar Amsterdam

The Hangar Amsterdam is a unique 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 marriage celebrations. What’s more, this riverside location with a beach offers you a personalized service.


Sir Adam Hotel | Waterside River IJ wedding

Finally, don’t let me take the wind out of your sails, Sir Adam has got you covered. Not to mention the sensational views of Amsterdam and abundant natural light. In fact, you can celebrate your waterside wedding in pure Dutch style. Another boutique hotel situated on “de ij-oevers” designed for those seeking an authentic wedding experience.

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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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