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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 Moerdijk: 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

Register your marriage or registered partnership online with DigiD: online registration . The report requires a digital copy (pdf) of the (valid) proof of identity of you, your partner and all witnesses.

Make an appointment

  • make an appointment
  • Visit us in person
  • Take:
    • Original valid proof of identity for you and your partner
    • Copies of valid proof of identity of the witness(es).

Check the website in advance and choose a wedding location, wedding official and marriage booklet.

Married to a non-Dutch national or did you live abroad?

Always contact the Civil Affairs department of the municipality before submitting the report online ! Often additional documents are required. For example, if you were born abroad, if you lived there or were divorced there. Or if you do not have Dutch nationality. Do this well in advance of the date of your marriage or partnership to avoid disappointment.

Report your marriage or partnership at least 2 weeks before the date. You can do this with the civil registrar of the municipality.

  • You are both 18 years or older
  • You are not married and do not have a registered partnership
  • You are not directly related
  • Are you under guardianship? Then permission from your curator is required.

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.


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, use the contact form. You may have to pay for a wedding venue of your own choice.

The costs are divided into categories. The categories that are always charged can you find on the website.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Moerdijk

Visiting address

Pastoor van Kessellaan 15

4761BJ Zevenbergen

Opening hours
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Last updated on 21 September 2022