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Applying to get married in the Netherlands

Are you planning to get married? If you intend to get married, you must notify the municipality of this at least 2 weeks and not more than 1 year before the wedding.

There are certain requirements for marriage that everyone must meet:

  • you must be at least 18 years of age;
  • you cannot marry someone who is already married or in a civil partnership;
  • you cannot be related to one other, e.g. grandparent, grandchild, parent, child or sibling.

Are you getting married to a non-Dutch citizen in the Netherlands? Then different conditions apply.

If you intend to marry someone of the same sex, you can get married in the Netherlands in the presence of the civil registrar. This is called a civil marriage, and you are only legally married once you have had a civil ceremony. In addition, it is possible to have a religious ceremony in some churches, but not all churches allow it. Check first with the church where you want to have the ceremony. A church wedding can only take place after the civil ceremony.

If you are getting married outside the Netherlands and are not yet 18 years old, your marriage will only be recognised in the Netherlands once both spouses have reached 18 years of age.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Municipality of Almelo: Applying to get married

You make a number of choices when planning and registering your intention to enter a marriage. These choices relate to the type of ceremony and the venue. The costs depend on your wishes and the possibilities in the municipality of Almelo.

Location of the ceremony

You can hold the ceremony to enter your marriage at various locations in the municipality of Almelo. You can choose from:

  • a municipal building;
  • a location of your own choice.

Registering a marriage

You register your intended  marriage with the municipality in which you wish to enter the marriage. Provide the details of yourself, your partner and your witnesses. This can be done up to 2 weeks before the ceremony date. You can do it online or written.



Gemeente Almelo
t.a.v. ambtenaar van de burgelijke stand 
Postbus 5100
7600 GC Almelo

You pay a fee for this service. For more information, contact the municipality. Call 0546 - 54 11 11

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Almelo

Visiting address

Haven Zuidzijde 30

7607EW Almelo

Opening hours
8:15 - 16:00
8:15 - 16:00
8:15 - 16:00
8:15 - 19:00
8:15 - 12:00
Last updated on 21 September 2022