Getting married in the United Kingdom

Are you planning to get married in the United Kingdom? There are several things you need to consider.

Dutch requirements for marrying or entering into a registered partnership

If you are a Dutch national and you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership you will need to comply with the following requirements:

  • You and your partner must be 18 years or older. If you are under 18 and you marry abroad your marriage will not be recognised in the Netherlands until you are both 18 years old.
  • You and your partner may not already be married to or have a registered partnership with someone else.
  • If you are under guardianship you will need the permission of your guardian or of the limited jurisdiction judge ('kantonrechter').
  • The following family members are forbidden to marry each other or enter into a registered partnership with each other: parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, and brothers and sisters.

Obtaining permission from the country in which you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership

Are you planning to marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad? If so, check whether this is permitted under the law of the country in question. To find out, you should consult the foreign authority responsible for conducting marriages and registering partnerships. You cannot marry at a Dutch embassy or consulate abroad.

Documents required for marriage or registered partnership outside the Netherlands

The foreign authority that conducts your marriage or registers your partnership can tell you which documents you require. These may include a copy of your birth certificate and a declaration of marital status

Registering a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership

You can register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership in the Dutch register. To do this, contact the municipality of The Hague’s Foreign Document Department.

Legalisation of a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership

If you wish to register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership in the Netherlands you will probably first need to have your foreign certificate legalised. This can be done by the authorities in the country where you were married. The Dutch embassy or consulate in that country may then also need to legalise the marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership. You can find out more about what you need to do in the legalisation information for that country.

Marrying in this country or region

Marriage or civil partnership in the UK

The Dutch embassy in London is not authorised to solemnize marriages. You will need to contact the authorities in the country where you wish to get married.

Getting married or registering a civil partnership in the United Kingdom.

Rules and procedures for getting married or registering a civil partnership in the United Kingdom differ depending on whether the ceremony takes place in England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or other parts of the United Kingdom.

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Getting married or registering a civil partnership in the Netherlands.

If you are a Dutch national living in the United Kingdom and are going to marry in the Netherlands you will need to apply for a certificate of non impediment (‘verklaring omtrent burgerlijke staat, domicilie en nationaliteit’) at the consular section of the Netherlands Embassy.

British nationals getting married to a Dutch national in the Netherlands will require a recently issued birth certificate and a certificate of non impediment issued by their local register office. Both documents will have to be legalised with an apostille by the Legalisation Office.