Dutch dating etiquette

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Around 64,300 couples tied the knot in the Netherlands in 2015 (of which 1,259 were same sex couples).

In addition around 13,000 people agreed a registered partnership, which is legally like a wedding but without the ceremony and cake.2 How old are the happy couple?

These usually focus on how the couple met and perhaps work in some mildly embarrassing mishaps following that momentous event.

Some registrars, however, like to take control and may ask questions like ‘Why are you getting married?

If you are marrying a Dutch person, be warned that the party may include lots of silly sketches and songs about the happy couple performed by family and friends of your partner.9 Legal stuff Unless you sign a prenup of some sort, all the assets you owned before the marriage, or which are inherited or gifted by others, become the property of both of you. which can lead to nasty surprises if your partner is a secret gambler.

Dutch dates The general convention in Italy is that the guy will pay for your date, so gentlemen should make sure they bring enough money to cover the bill in case she doesn't offer to chip in.

The average age for a man to tie the knot is 37 while women are 34.

By this time, they are statistically likely to have at least started having children.

’ to which you may not instantly want to say ‘Well, for tax reasons, of course’.5 Free weddings Cheapskates and genuinely poor people can get married for free: councils set aside certain times for this (usually early in the morning, they are not THAT charitable).

Be prepared to have your friends and relatives tell you they will ‘come around later’ when there is a prospect of drinks and nibbles.6 What does it all cost?

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