According to our local newspaper, there are too few weddings held in our municipality. How many are there exactly a year? they announced that the year before we got married (2011) there were only 78 weddings and 21 registered partnerships recorded. Can you imagine how small this number is if you compare it to the number of weddings in Indonesia, let say in one area of Great Jakarta, for example West Jakarta? I bet they have more than one thousand in one year time! OK, our little town only has 26.000 inhabitants..and West Jakarta has more or less 2 millions. But still..
wedding hall in our municipality building
There are many reasons why people hesitate to wed. One of them are because it’s costly and because they think it is unpractical. When a married couple decide to end their relationship (divorce) they have to share their wealth and property accordingly. That means more money for lawyers, and times to gather all of the correct documents. Cohabitant or living together is very popular in the Netherlands. I think in modern society this seems the most practical way to commit a serious relationship.
I happen to marry a Dutchman, and we had our wedding ceremony in our municipality’s wedding hall. The wedding hall is grand and modern, has a high ceiling with pretty chairs for the bride and the groom, enough seats for the guests and has pretty wall ornaments.
If you happen to live in the Netherlands and are planning a wedding soon, getting married in the city/town hall is a good option. Sometimes they have beautiful and romantic wedding halls which are perfect for a wedding. I think it is better than renting a place in a hotel or fancy restaurant, if it is only for a ceremony. You can save up a lot of money! City hall of Haarlem has a beautiful and rustic atmosphere, so have Abcoude municipality hall, and Bilthoven’s in Utrecht province. You just have to do some survey a bit about the places 😉