Getting married in the Netherlands

If you and your partner are both internationals living in the Netherlands and you want to get married there are a few criteria you need to meet. HOWDO magazine made a short sum up, to give you a headstart

The main rules are these:

  1. You must both be 18 or older

  2. You can not be married or be in a registered partnership with anybody else in any country.

  3. You can not be directly related to each other

  4. One of you must be Dutch or officially living in the Netherlands 


Also keep in mind being married to someone who lives abroad does not guarantee them getting citizenship or a residence permit. And the process of them getting either will not be sped up by marrying them.


If you are both living in the Netherlands as internationals you will both need a personal declaration and a residence permit. If you wish to marry a Dutch person as an international you only need a personal declaration and residence permit for yourself if you live in the Netherlands. If you still live abroad you can marry a Dutch person without a residence permit, but if you want to live with your partner you will have to apply for one.


Overall be ready to invest time to have all the required documents and go through all the appointments with the municipality.


Sidenote: There are a lot of wedding planners in the Netherlands that cater specifically to international weddings and all the customs that come with different cultures.


If you want to know more about the regulations regarding marriage as an international check out this link.

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