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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.

Applying to get married in the Netherlands

There are rules for getting married or entering into a registered partnership:

  • You and your partner are both eighteen years or older.
  • You may not already be married or have a registered partnership. This does not apply if it concerns a conversion from a partnership to a marriage.
  • You may not marry your own child, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, grandchild, half-brother or half-sister.
  • Are you under guardianship? Then you need permission from the curator or subdistrict court judge.
    You should not be forced to get married.
  • You may not get married to obtain a right of residence in the Netherlands.
  • Please note: A marriage is recognized in every country. This is not always the case with a registered partnership. This can lead to problems with legal transactions abroad. Especially with partners where one or both were not born in the Netherlands. It is wise to check this with the embassy or consulate of the country you come from.

Free marriages/registered partnerships

In the case of a free marriage/registered partnership, only your witnesses may be present at the ceremony in the town hall. This is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 witnesses. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Hollands Kroon

Last updated on 21 September 2022