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More information about weddings


Sailing out on the water or anchored in an elegant harbour around the IJsselmeer or Markermeer or out on the Wadden Sea. The possibilities on board our ships are endless, and there’s ample room to add your own finishing touches to the occasion. For example, you might opt for a modest affair (from 20 people), or instead go all out and throw a big party (max. 150 people). We will be happy to help you organize your special day, and can take care of everything on board our ships for you, from an elegant ceremony on deck to a cracking party under the stars with a DJ. And because some ships also have a bridal suite, you could even sleep on board and enjoy a champagne breakfast the next morning! We would be delighted to flesh out the details of the best day of your life with you. Just let us know your special wishes and we’ll look for a suitable ship for an unforgettable wedding. 

Wedding ceremony in harbour or in the middle of the IJsselmeer

All of NAUPAR’s ships are official wedding venues. If you decide to put down anchor, then it will be possible to hold the ceremony on the spacious foredeck in an authentic, romantic harbour, such as Kampen, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Monnickendam, Marken or Volendam. Following the wedding ceremony, you and your guests can head off on a wonderful sailing trip topped off with a great party afterwards. Or you might wish to board the ship in one of these locations, cast off and say ‘I do’ to one another under full sail in the middle of the IJsselmeer, out on the Wadden Sea or on the waters around Amsterdam. In such cases, your marriage certificate will give coordinates rather than a location, e.g. 54” 52” 12”! How original is that? 

NAUPAR will take care of everything for you, from ceremony to catering and entertainment

This is an exciting time for you and we’ll be happy to make things a little less stressful for you. We could (for example) help by organizing your special day for you. Your ceremony, wedding cake, opportunity to raise a toast, photo shoot, reception, buffet or full dinner, the party, the band and an overnight stay can all be taken care of by us for you, right down to the last details. Ask about our special packages and comprehensive catering options, or make an appointment for a personal discussion and a tour of a ship.

A NAUPAR vessel makes the ideal wedding venue

NAUPAR has the largest fleet of ships affiliated with HISWA. With in excess of 16 different harbours from which we set sail, dotted around the IJsselmeer, Markermeer and on the Wadden Sea (for example), there will always be a harbour near you. Our ships can accommodate groups of 20-150 people and feature comfortable rooms, above and below deck. If the weather is good then you will be able to say ‘I do’ on the spacious foredeck. The bar and salon offer ample room to sit with your guests and raise a toast, dine and party into the small hours. Whatever you choose, with NAUPAR you can rest assured that you’ll have an unforgettable wedding day out on the water, one that you and your guests will be talking about for years to come.

Terms and conditions for marrying in the Netherlands

In order to be allowed to officially tie the knot in the Netherlands, you have to marry at a Dutch town hall. To this end, either you or your partner will need to be a citizen or resident of the Netherlands. You will also have to give notice of your intention to marry at least a fortnight before the date of the wedding.