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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:
Informatie:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Marry

Report your intended marriage to the municipality where you are getting married no later than 2 weeks before the intended date (preferably earlier). You can do this with the 'form notification of intended marriage or registered partnership'. This notification replaces the previous marriage. You can find these forms at the bottom drop-down menu.

  • Do you and your partner have the Dutch nationality and do you and your partner live in the Netherlands? Then fill in the shortened notification form.
  • Do you or your partner not have Dutch nationality or do you or your partner live permanently abroad? Then use the extensive notification form.

It is important that:

  • You and your partner are both 18 years of age or older.
  • You and your partner are not married and do not have a registered partnership with anyone else.

Change address

If your address changes, please inform your new municipality of residence yourself.

Fill out the form for notification of intended marriage or registered partnership.

When you register your marriage, you make a number of choices, which you communicate to the municipality. These choices relate to the ceremony and the venue. The costs depend on your wishes and the possibilities of the municipality.

Ceremony

The ceremony is the official part of your marriage. You can choose from:

  • marriage free of charge;
  • simple ceremony;
  • elaborate ceremony.

If you opt for an elaborate ceremony, you determine who leads the ceremony. You have the following choices:

  • A wedding registrar from the municipality. The wedding registrar will contact you a few weeks before the wedding date to introduce themselves and find out more about you and your future spouse. If you have a preference for a wedding registrar, inform the municipality of this.
  • A family member or acquaintance. If you would like a family member or an acquaintance to be your own wedding registrar, contact the municipality.

Wedding venue

You can get married in various places. You can choose from:

  • a wedding venue of the municipality;
  • a wedding venue of your own choice. Notify the municipality of your venue. To do so, call [telefoonnummer] or use the contact form. You may have to pay for a wedding venue of your own choice.

There are no costs associated with the declaration.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Hoeksche Waard

Visiting addresses

Sportlaan 22

3299XG Maasdam

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Stockholmplein 6

3291TP Strijen

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Weegje 1

3295CT 's Gravendeel

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W. van Vlietstraat 6

3262GM Oud-Beijerland

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Last updated on 21 September 2022