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How to Marry in the Netherlands

One of you has to be Dutch or resident in the Netherlands in order to legally marry there, but it does make a wonderful destination to have a non legal ceremony, which would mean you could exchange vows anywhere you liked.
Below are the legalities for marrying in the Netherlands, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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Netherlands Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in the Netherlands?
One of you must be a Dutch national or resident in the Netherlands
Only civil ceremonies are valid under Dutch law
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be closely related by blood.
Two to four witnesses are required who must show ID.
Same sex marriages are legal in the Netherlands
You may wish to bring a translator to your ceremony if you do not understand Dutch


How long do I have to be resident in the Netherlands before I can get married?
One of you must be registered as permanently resident there in order to marry in the Netherlands.


Getting a marriage licence
You must give notice to marry at least 14 days (but perferably 1-3 months) before the ceremony takes place, in the municipality where one of you lives. This is valid for 12 months from the date you apply.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Passports or ID.

Birth certificates.

Proof of your address.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.

All documents must be translated into Dutch by an official translator and stamped with an apostille.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.


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Netherlands Marriage Registrar's Office

You must register your intent to marry at your local city office, and hold your ceremony in an approved venue.

Amsterdam Central City Office

Gemeentehuis Amsterdam (City Hall)

Amstel 1

1011 PN Amsterdam

Tel: +31 14 020 (08:00 - 18:00)