Arranging a marriage

When you get married, you make your relationship official by law. You also lay down your relationship rights, for example in terms of pension and inheritance. A marriage also means that you and your partner promise to take care of one another.

The wedding ceremonies have been adapted due to the coronavirus measures. Read more on the page Changes to municipal services.


  • You request a marriage by giving notice of intent to marry. You do this at least 3 weeks before the planned wedding date.
  • Everyone who is of adult age can get married. People of the same gender may also get married.
  • In the Netherlands, couples automatically married in general community of property until 1 January 2018. As of 1 January 2018 new rules took effect. Married couples now automatically have limited community of property. More information can be found at
  • If you would like to be married by a civil registrar who has not been designated by the Municipality of The Hague as a civil registrar, then you can email your request to This civil registrar should be a civil registrar in another municipality in the Netherlands. There will be extra charges. This request is not possible with a simplified or free wedding.
  • The official part of the wedding ceremony (the mandatory wording) must always be done in Dutch. The rest of the ceremony can be in another language.


  • Civil wedding venue: take a look at the rates for the municipal wedding locations and for the free-choice venues. You will need to pay the moment you make the reservation for the wedding venue.
  • A civil registrar who is not a civil registrar in The Hague costs € 183.35 in 2020.
  • Are you using The Hague's own designated civil registrars? Then the costs are included in the fee for the municipal wedding venue. At a free-choice venue the costs are included in the municipal fees.
  • You can get a marriage booklet, a fee will be charged.
You can pay in cash or use a bank card at City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office.

Simplified or free civil wedding

There is 1 location in The Hague where a simplified or free wedding is possible.