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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.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Municipality of Gouda: Applying to get married

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 the possibilities of the municipality of Gouda.


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

  • marriage free of charge;
  • simple ceremony;
  • elaborate ceremony.

If you choose an elaborate ceremony, you can choose who leads the ceremony. You can choose from:

  • wedding registrar from the municipality;
  • family member or acquaintance.

If you choose a wedding registrar from the municipality, a registrar from the municipality of Gouda will contact you a few weeks before the planned date to introduce themselves and find out more about you and your partner.

Do you want a family member or an someone you know to conduct the ceremony? If so, you must contact the municipality yourself by calling phone number +31 182 58 84 44 or sending an e-mail to

Wedding venue

You can get married at various locations in the municipality of Gouda. You can choose from:

  • a wedding venue of the municipality of Gouda;
  • a wedding venue of your own choice.

If you want to get married at a wedding venue of your choice, contact the municipality by calling phone number +31 182 58 84 44 or sending an e-mail to

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Gouda

Last updated on 21 September 2022