Getting married in the Netherlands

If you or your partner are not Dutch and you want to get married or enter into a registered partnership in the Netherlands, there are a few things you need to take into account.

Marriage and registered partnership

In the Netherlands, there are two ways to have your relationship recognised in law: you can get married or enter into a registered partnership. Both are possible between a man and a woman, or between two people of the same sex. You can read about the differences between marriage and registered partnership on government.nl.

Requirements for marriage or registered partnership

If you wish to get married or enter into a registered partnership, you must meet the following requirements:

  • at least one of the partners is a Dutch national or resident in the Netherlands
  • both partners must be 18 or older
  • neither partner can be already married to someone else or have a registered partnership with someone else
  • parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, and siblings cannot marry or have a registered partnership with one another.

Civil marriage

In the Netherlands, you must get married in a civil ceremony. The documents you need to provide in order to get married depend on your nationality. The municipality where you wish to marry can tell you which documents you require.