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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

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Applying to get married in the Netherlands

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 or registration date. You can do it online or at the town hall.

Arrange

Arrange your register on the page Voornemen huwelijk of geregistreerd partnerschap

If neither you nor your partner live in the Netherlands, you must give notice of your marriage in Den Haag. You can find more information here: Register a marriage for Dutch citizens living abroad.

If one of you comes from a country other than the Netherlands, the municipality will need additional information. You can call the municipality about this on service number 14 010. When you call from abroad, call +31 10 267 16 25.

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 our possibilities.

Ceremony

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

  • No ceremony (free of charge).
  • Simple ceremony (€ 174.30).
  • Elaborate ceremony (depends on chosen location).

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

  • Wedding registration from the municipality. Our wedding registrar will contact you a few weeks before the wedding or registration date to get to know you. If you have a preference for a wedding registrar, please inform us of this.
  • Family member or acquaintance. If you would like a family member or an acquaintance to be your ‘own wedding registrar’, please contact us.

Wedding venue

You can get married in various places in Rotterdam. You can choose for yourself:

  • Municipality wedding venue.
  • Wedding venue of your choice. If you opt for a wedding venue of your own choice, you must request this via the form Verklaring Trouwlocatie on the page Voornemen huwelijk of geregistreerd partnerschap. You may have to pay for this.

You pay a fee for this service. For more information, visit our website: Huwelijk of partnerschap melden.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Rotterdam

Last updated on 21 September 2022