Local Heart, Global Soul

February 7, 2019

Got Room For A Wedding?

Filed under: HISTORY,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS,ZEELAND (Province),ZIERIKZEE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Growing up in New Zealand it was a shock to learn that in the Netherlands, a church wedding is not the legally binding marriage ceremony.

It is of course possible to have a church wedding, but it needs to be extra to your official ceremony not instead of it.

Himself and I were married in the Netherlands and our marriage took place where all official marriages take place: in the Gemeente Stadhuis building (City council / town hall).

Luckily for us we were married long enough ago to be married in the Hague’s “old” town hall, a beautiful 15th or 16th Century building in the Centre of the city.

The Hague’s “new” Stadhuis / town hall is all a modern all white building where the “marriage room’  is also an all white room.

As in white ceiling, walls and furniture, just what you need to nicely contrast your white wedding dress during your wedding photographs of the ceremony methinks. Himself and I loved the old building with it’s historical features and paintings and it was extra special for me because my Oma (Grandmother) got married in the same room in 1916. During my 2017 Zierikzee visit I pass though the wedding room of this Gemeente Stadhuis and take a look around this room which features both old and new. The seating at the front is unlike anything I have ever seen before, but that the number of Dutch wedding rooms I have seen is fairly limited.

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The St. John’s or sack carriers emblem is etched onto the door…

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4 Comments »

  1. so sad…

    Comment by Maureen Sudlow — February 7, 2019 @ 2:05 am | Reply

    • Maureen,
      what is sad please?

      Comment by kiwidutch — February 7, 2019 @ 6:45 am | Reply

      • that the wedding venue is so plain now…

        Comment by Maureen Sudlow — February 7, 2019 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

        • Maureen,
          I suppose they brighten these rooms up with flowers on the day. The Zierikzee wedding room at least has beautiful (and intriguing furniture!). The Hague new Stadhuis is for me at least a ghastly monstrosity, all modern, plain, bland, sans decorative elements and completely, utterly and overwhelmingly white, … can you tell by any chance it’s not my taste ?!!! 🙂
          We were delighted to have been just in time to have our wedding in the old Stadhuis!
          Flowers definitely help add some colour and features but I think that the architect was crazy to think that plain,barren, white walls and fittings in The Hague wedding room would be ideal.

          Comment by kiwidutch — February 8, 2019 @ 6:47 am | Reply


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