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, 153 kB)

Conditions

  • The location must be sufficiently accessible, also for the disabled.
  • The location must be sufficiently accessible to the public.
  • The location must not be contrary to the public order or public decency.
  • The location must be sufficiently safe.
  • There should be toilet 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 used as a church in the past 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 8 weeks prior to your wedding.

    Rates

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

    These are the municipality 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 the wedding venue. You can pay in cash or use a bank card at the Centrum and Escamp city offices.

    Request

    Would you like to get married or register an unmarried partnership 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 property 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 bring the statement of approval (akkoordverklaring) with you to the Public Service counter at 1 of The Hague's district offices during the preparatory talk or the intent-to-marry formality (ondertrouw).
    • Would you like to designate a location as a one-time or permanent wedding venue? Then you can fill in the request form and the statement of approval below and mail them to the municipality.
    Request form (PDF, 91,3 kB)
    Statement of approval (PDF, 554 kB)