The idea of an engagement period/engagement ring is also not common.Taking my husband's last name was a no-brainer for me: that's what my mother, both grandmothers and the majority of the married women I know did. But very rarely does a Dutch woman take her husband's last name.
Forget about all those complaints and concerns on the cybersphere about dutch guys being uncool, unromantic and underdressed.
The wedding has to be the biggest and the best of all time, and she’ll happily go into debt to tell the world, “I’ve got the right man” Americans in general have the bloody cheek to create a wedding list of overpriced household appliances and other goodies, even being kind enough to list the shops where you can buy the items.
Depending on which item on the list you choose will determine if you get ringside seats at the reception, or end up being seated close to the toilet on a table with their great uncle who emigrated to the USA from Germany in July 1945.
There may be other documents required in this procedure, such a your birth certificate and proof that you have divorced from any previous marriages or partnerships.
The ceremony must be performed by a registered and qualified member of the municipality.