What are the perfect wedding dates for your marriage celebration in Holland? Well, planning your big day abroad can feel quite daunting. So, where do you begin your search for the perfect venue? How do you celebrate your love?
Well, you might be unlucky if you are thinking of tying the knot on an official Dutch national holiday. Therefore, combining your wedding with a romantic honeymoon in Holland could be a problem.
And getting back to my question. What are the calendar dates that will make your wedding extra special? And how do you not pay through the roof? Easy discover the most popular Dutch holiday dates. So let’s do this journey together, take a peek below.
Perfect wedding dates in Holland
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1. Perfect wedding dates | Kings night & day April
Firstly, fancy planning a wedding on Kings night and Kings day? Well, I wouldn’t deny you it but it’s going to be an exciting time. Kings day along with Kings Night is known as the biggest street party event of the year. The city centre and canals are jam-packed. So, before you plan the ceremony arrange a marriage license well in advance at your local authority, in your country of residence.
2. Good Friday celebrations
In addition what do you think about Good Friday? Good Friday celebrations bring many Dutch people to the heart of Amsterdam. Therefore, opt for a simple ceremony at the town hall (with 2 witnesses) before planning your bilingual wedding party. Afterwards, plan a bigger congregation at a luxury hotel or on a canal boat of your choice.
3. Dutch carnival March
Like I said, the Dutch love a party and in South Holland you can experience the carnival. So, how do you create a special day that sails along smoothly? Well, the overall cost of a wedding in the Netherlands is steadily rising to up to €30.000. But, the Calvinist people of Holland like to have a good time on a shoestring. How, get everyone on-board.
4. Easter : Sunday and Monday in April
Together with the Easter weekend, you have the opportunity to plan a special wedding. But how do you do it? The Dutch wedding sector is full of the most diverse vendors, wedding stylists, boat companies and major hotels. So, it’s really easy to find local suppliers to transform your destination wedding abroad.
5• Liberation Day: May
Another thing, how would you like to get hitched on Liberation day? This public holiday on the day of Liberation, the entire country of Holland commemorates Armistice day. You can compare it to independence day, so you might face some fully booked venues. But, don’t let it put you off to celebrate your love. Need some help? Give me a call.
6• Ascension Day: May
And there’s more…. are you already feeling the stress? Well, Ascension day may pose a problem. According to wedding statistics (UK & NL), your swanky location, catering and choice of celebrant could take up a huge amount of the budget. So, hire an all-in-one wedding venue that has hotel, restaurant, bikes for rent and boating facilities for your family and friends to enjoy.
7• Pentecost: Sunday and Monday in June
But, are you religious or non-religious? Coupled with the above, you can represent all of who you are and opt for a combined Dutch church, ceremony and reception. Once again, this could set you back quite a bit of cash. And what the heck, you only get married once, right? Therefore, choose a unique location; a castle, boat or an island such as Texel for the entirety of your event.
8. Gay pride celebration | 2nd worst wedding dates
Amsterdam Gay Pride celebrates diversity and inclusiveness. Although it’s not an official Dutch public holiday, it’s an extremely busy time in the city. Regardless of your gender, during the biggest gay event in the world wedding costs can get a little crazy. Therefore, if you don’t have an adequate amount of money you need to set a budget and a strategic plan.
9• SAIL Amsterdam 2025 | Popular wedding dates
Furthermore, are you a lover of the great outdoors? Are you a lover of anything nautical? Getting married during SAIL 2025 [12 until 16 August – exact date to be confirmed], find out and manage the total costs for your nuptials. It’s a busy period for sailing and boating buffs. So, a good financial overview gives you great insight into which essential elements are necessary for the ultimate dream wedding.
10• Amsterdam Light Festival
With the above in mind you are going to love this, the Amsterdam Light Festival. However it is a boating busy evening period for Dutch city and country dwellers. “The Amsterdam Light Festival returns in November 2020 running until January 2021, (literally) putting Amsterdam’s beautiful city centre and its canals in the limelight.” www.iamsterdam.com
11• Christmas, Boxing day & New Years
Lastly, are you excited to celebrate your wedding during the festive season? Be aware that it is a special time. Lots of Dutch people are on holiday, too. So, you are guaranteed that it will be buzzing in Holland. However, you’ll have a meaningful and memorable celebration. So, don’t forget to book your wedding photographer equipped with the right gear, well in advance.
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