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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

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Applying to get married in the Netherlands

You register your marriage with the municipality, providing all the details about yourself, your partner and your witnesses. This can be done up to 2 weeks before the wedding date. You can do it online or at the town hall. You indicate the date, preference for marriage official, location and time for your marriage or registered partnership.

Arrange directly online

Marriage notification

Make an appointment

Please contact the municipality tel. +31 525 688 688.

If neither you nor your partner live in the Netherlands, you must give notice of your marriage in the municipality of Den Haag (The Hague). You can find more information on how to register a marriage for Dutch citizens living outside the Netherlands at the netherlandsworldwide.nl website.

When registering your marriage, you make a number of choices that you pass on to the municipality. This concerns in any case the date, preferred wedding official, location and time.

It is possible to get married for free. To make use of the free marriage, at least one of the two partners must be a resident of the municipality of Elburg. Besides you and your partner, only the witnesses can be present. The ceremony lasts a maximum of 10 minutes and takes place in a meeting room at the town hall.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Elburg

Visiting address

Zuiderzeestraatweg Oost 19

8081LA Elburg

Opening hours
Monday
8:30-17:00
Tuesday
8:30-17:00
Wednesday
8:30-19:00
Thursday
8:30-17:00
Friday
8:30-17:00
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
Last updated on 21 September 2022