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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 Smallingerland: Applying to get married

Notification of marriage/registered partnership

It is important to notify us of your intended marriage or registered partnership at least two weeks and at most one year before the wedding date. Are you not getting married within a year? Then you must report again. You can contact us to make an appointment. 

Wedding Venues

You can choose from three fixed wedding locations: 

Choose a wedding location yourself

You can also choose a different wedding location. There are additional costs involved. These costs differ per wedding location. Please contact the wedding location where you want to get married. 

Our wedding officiants

Our marriage officials are happy to introduce themselves to you! You can also have your marriage or registered partnership solemnized by a marriage official from another municipality or by a family member or friend. This is subject to a number of conditions and costs. These costs are stated in the rates.

On working days until 5 p.m. € 238.00 
On working days between 5 pm and 10 pm € 383.00 
On working days after 10 p.m. € 483.00 
On Saturday € 383.00 
On Sundays and public holidays € 483.00 
Get married for free for residents of Smallingerland on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 09:00. 

Extra cost

Marriage booklet standard € 24.00 
Conversion of partnership into marriage (without ceremony) free of charge 
Conversion of partnership into marriage (with ceremony) € 238.00 
Official witness € 24.00 
Wedding official from another municipality € 153.00 
Wedding official for 1 day (appointment family/friend) € 320.00

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Smallingerland

Visiting address

Gauke Boelensstraat 2

9203RM Drachten

Opening hours
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Last updated on 21 September 2022