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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.

Notification of intended marriage (banns)

You must report a proposed marriage directly to the civil registrar of the municipality where you want to get married.

Please note: if you both do not live in the Netherlands and you and/or your partner have Dutch nationality, the notification of intended marriage must be submitted to the municipality of The Hague.

In the municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee you can only report a proposed marriage (at the moment) in person and by appointment.

Make an appointment online(link is external)

Both partners must be present at the notification.

As soon as you have agreed a date for the report with the municipality, you will receive a question/witness form. You must submit this form at the latest when you report your intended marriage. You must therefore immediately submit a copy of proof of identity for both of you and of the witnesses. At a marriage, a minimum of two and a maximum of four adult witnesses must be present.


  • questionnaire/witness form
  • copies of your and your partner's ID
  • copies of IDs of your adult witnesses

The registrar of births, marriages and deaths assesses your documents. When in doubt, the registry office will ask for additional documents, such as a foreign birth certificate that has never been shown before or proof of divorce from abroad.

If you were born abroad, if you have a foreign nationality or if you have (or have been) living abroad, different conditions may apply. In this case you can contact one of our employees.

You must pay the costs when reporting your intended marriage.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee

Visiting address

Koningin Julianaweg 45

3241XB Middelharnis

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Last updated on 21 September 2022