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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 Hilvarenbeek: Applying to get married

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.

Arrange directly online

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 website.

Do you want to conclude a marriage or partnership? This can be done at the town hall or at a location of your choice. You must report this to us in advance. You do not have to live in our municipality to get married or to register a partnership.

Capture date

Before you get married or register your partnership, you first set a date by notifying us of your plans. You can set the date at least 2 weeks and a maximum of 1 year before the date You both need DigiD for this. You select a wedding date, a wedding location and indicate a preference for a wedding official.

Free marriage or partnership

This is possible on Monday morning from 9:00 am to 9:30 am. Only the two witnesses and any children of the couple may be present. You cannot choose a wedding officiant. You do not have a meeting with the wedding officiant beforehand.

Shortened ceremony

You can also opt for a shortened ceremony. The marriage or partnership registration takes place in the B&W room at the town hall on Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
The ceremony lasts a maximum of 15 minutes. You may bring 6 guests, including your witnesses. A marriage registrar performs the marriage or partnership. The wedding official gives a short speech. Also with this abbreviated ceremony you cannot choose a wedding official or have a meeting in advance.

Foreign nationality

Were you born abroad? Or have you lived abroad? Do you not have Dutch nationality? Do you live abroad, but do you want to get married in the Netherlands? Depending on your personal circumstances, you and your partner may need different documents. Please contact us for this.

You pay a fee for this service. For more information, contact the municipality.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Hilvarenbeek

Last updated on 21 September 2022