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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.

Marriage and registered partnership

You register your marriage with the municipality and provide all the details of yourself, your partner and your witnesses. This is possible up to 2 weeks before the wedding date. You do this at the town hall.

Make an appointment

Contact us to make an appointment.

You and your partner declare the intended marriage or registered partnership together. You must do this at least 2 weeks and at most 1 year before the wedding date. The details of the day and the necessary forms are filled in at the town hall. For this you need the following:

  • a valid proof of identity for you and your partner (passport, identity card, driving license or residence permit).
  • a copy of the ID of your witnesses (minimum 2, maximum 4 for you together).

There is a fee associated with the ceremony.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Dijk en Waard

Last updated on 21 September 2022