(Closed) Any Dutchies out here?

posted 8 years ago in Europe
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Not dutch myself, but I’m marrying one. πŸ˜‰

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Dag!!!   Used to live in Wassenaar, NL for 5 years!  

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Lol, and now everyone will come out of the woodwork. πŸ˜‰ I’m in Almere myself.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@mrs-to-be Dutch lessons are a pretty sore subject with me since I’ve been caught up in the whole inburgering BS.  I suck at languages and it’s taken me 4 years to get at a pretty solid A2 level with a LOT of money out of my own pocket from going to James Boswell in Utrecht.  And the drama isn’t over…but that’s another tirade. πŸ˜‰

I’m actually planning on stealing my FI’s 13th month paycheck at the end of the year and registering at Regina Coeli to get my listening under control so I can take the kortevrijstelling and be done with this whole thing.  Who knows, maybe I won’t freak out when I’m directly spoken to anymore. LOL

So where are you getting married? Amsterdam? We’re getting married up in Alkmaar because I fell in love with the stairs (ok, and he was born there and his parents married there as well).

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow, I’m going to count myself lucky that the only trouble I’ve had to date is with hotels and cakes.  You know, if your location falls through again you might try this place: http://www.hotelhetouderaadhuis.nl/home.html

I had a falling out with the Van Der Valk over the weekend and was determined to find another location for my bridal suite.  I came across these guys in Castricum.  They’re supposed to be done June 1st and my Fiance said they sound really nice.  They even invited us to see the finished hotel next month since they don’t have pictures up.  Mind, I’ve only looked at the prices of Alkmaar’s stadhuis as a wedding location but they seem to be about the same.  I really hope you can work out your current location though!!

Well, the Fiance paid for most of James Boswell and he’s zero help in learning dutch…he has no patience for teaching, doesn’t know why grammar is the way it is and can’t explain the right way to me, and whenever I say something it’s usually met with “huh? huh?” then he comes and reads it over my shoulder.  I get so frusterated! I’ve had some private tutoring over time and I tried another class before JB but ended up walking out when the docent refused to explain, in english, the basics.  She actually yelled at students for not “getting it.” For some reason schools over here think that by speaking garble to adults, we’ll absorb it like kids.  Not so.

Regina Coeli is an immersion course…it’s the program that the royals sent the princess to.  It’s not cheap, but I’m at the level where it will be useful since I have the basics.  It’s worth the money just to get over the hump so I can pass the flippin test. πŸ˜‰

Be lucky you never had to deal with the inburgering BS.  If I have to hear “regals zijn regals” from my intake manager one more time I may be going to jail for assult.  But I do know of the expat groups and the meetup groups…the main problem is just time.  Between wedding stuff, driving lessons (another gripe LOL), family obligations, and a second job/project I picked up I just don’t have freetime for stuff like that.  Wish I did!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

NP on the PMs.  I’m not picky about people contacting me w/o asking. πŸ˜‰

Wow, the stairs on the Raadhuis are fantastic.  Pretty much why I fell in love with the stairs in Alkmaar (Leiden has a beautiful set of stairs too, but after attending a friends wedding there and seeing the parking madness…I don’t wish that on anyone LOL).

I’d have loved to get married outside, but there’s just too much chance of rain in September.  The most risk I took was renting an old english double decker bus that has half of the top deck uncovered.  I hope it’s a nice day so we can get some great photos in that bus (we’re having everyone park at our reception location in Castricum and then are bussing them into Alkmaar to save on the parking hassle).

Are you renting any special type of trouwauto for the ocassion? I really wanted to be unique and not get a classic car or come in on a bakfiets, etc, so I found a company that rented out camels.  Needless to say, the Fiance nixed it.  I’m still sad about the camels LOL.  So we ended up at the same autohuur place that provide all the royals their trouwautos and autos for special ocassions and got a one of a kind Rolls Royce.  While we’re far from the first, we’re the first in the family to do this.  Plus the car is red and black and matches my dress. πŸ˜‰

Oh, also, are you doing any photographers? I found two guys over in Den Haag that will do it for 500 euro AND give you the entire collections of photos on DVD for 200 extra.  They love doing non-traditional photography and they’re good.  I can give you the link for my engagement pictures I did to try them out.

I found out why they’re so cheap too…they both work for the UN and this is just a creative outlet for them at the moment.  But they’re good and I love them.

Ok, I guess we’re about to run down to Zwolle in about an hour or two to see about a tux for the Fiance.  Didn’t think they’d be open today, but they are.

 

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