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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.

Arranging marriage or registered partnership

Wageningen is a beautiful location to get married or enter into a registered partnership. First of all, book the date, time and location online. Next, you need to report your intended marriage or registered partnership to us. Do this at least two weeks and up to one year in advance. We advise you to do this at least six weeks in advance because of the preparations.

You can report your intended marriage or registered partnership in person at the town hall at the Civil Affairs desk or you can send an e-mail to To report your intended marriage or registered partnership in person at the town hall, please first make an appointment online at the Civil Affairs desk.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Wageningen

Visiting address

Markt 22

6700AA Wageningen

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Last updated on 21 September 2022