Getting married at a free-choice venue

Are you looking for a special place to get married in The Hague? Then perhaps getting married at a free-choice venue is something for you.

Overview free-choice venues

The Hague has many free-choice venues where you can arrange your wedding ceremony. This overview will show you which locations these are:

Overview of free-choice venues (PDF, 184,8 kB)

Conditions

  • The location must be sufficiently accessible, also for disabled people.
  • The location must be sufficiently accessible to the public.
  • The location must not conflict with public order or accepted rules of good conduct.
  • The location must be sufficiently safe.
  • There should be sanitary facilities on site.
  • There must be a dressing area for the civil registrar.
  • It may not be a home, church or other type of house of worship. A church building can only be designated as a wedding venue if it has not been in use as a church for longer than 5 years.

These conditions also apply if you want your business property to be designated as a (permanent) wedding venue. You need to submit the request to designate the property as wedding venue 4 weeks before your wedding.

Apply

Would you like to get married at a spot which has not been designated as a wedding venue? That is possible. The municipality first needs to designate it as a one-time or permanent wedding venue. The building will need to meet a few conditions.

  • Would you like to get married at a location which has already been designated as a wedding venue? Then you can have the location complete the statement of approval (akkoordverklaring) below. Bring the statement with you to the preparatory talk or you can upload it when you book your wedding or unmarried partnership in the Hague Appointment System.
  • Would you like to designate a location as a one-time or permanent wedding venue? Then the location can fill in the statement of approval below and the application form and send them by email to: trouwen@denhaag.nl.
Statement of approval (PDF, 73,6 kB)
Application form free-choice wedding venues (PDF, 84,1 kB)

    Fees

    Rates

    Tarieven
    Time/request Fees 2019
    Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 18.00 hrs. € 580.30
    Monday to Friday from 18.00 to 21.00 hrs. € 580.30 + € 141.25
    Saturday from 9.00 to 18.00 hrs. € 674.40
    Saturday from 18.00 to 21.00 hrs. € 674.40 + € 141.25
    Sunday from 9.00 to 18.00 hrs. € 710.95
    Sunday from 18.00 to 21.00 hrs. € 710.95 + € 141.25
    Designation of wedding venue € 177.50

    These are the municipal fees for getting married at a free-choice venue. You will need to pay the costs of the location itself directly to the venue.

    Reserving a wedding venue

    You will need to pay the moment you make the reservation for a wedding venue. You can pay in cash or use a bank card at the Centrum and Escamp city offices.