You can Marry for one day enjoy Sex on honeymoon in Amsterdam

Move over Tinder, Amsterdam has found a new way of getting people together. In an effort to get tourists and locals to interact with each other, the city has launched a campaign called “Marry an Amsterdammer for a day”.

Starting at €100, tourists bid for a listed bride or groom and perform a mock wedding ceremony at Wed&Walk, a shop that doubles up as a chapel in the De Pijp district of Amsterdam. The ceremony includes fake flowers and inexpensive rings. The bride walks down the aisle to her ‘betrothed’ and the couple seals the deal with a hug.

The wedding is followed by a one-day honeymoon where the couple can explore quieter nooks of Amsterdam, away from the buzzing tourist destinations. Friends and family are invited too, as long as the bid money covers their expenses. A part of the money also goes to a charity chosen by the bride or groom.
Sounds legit? Well if you’re looking for true love, then it’s probably not, but it is one of the many innovative ways mass tourism is being tackled in Amsterdam. As part of the Untourist Movement, over 200 social entrepreneurs, non-profits, hotels, hostels and other pioneers are coming together to try and change tourism in Amsterdam for the better.

The issues being tackled are social isolation, sustainability and reduction of plastic waste. So, if the commitment-phobic in you is a little wary of the one-day marriage, you can try your hand at ‘Weed Dating’—speed dating, but with your hands in mud. Basically, visitors meet at a farm where they make conversation with strangers while they weed an assigned patch of soil. ‘Plastic fishing’ is another alternative, where you fish for plastic in the canal that is upcycled into furniture.
These methods ensure that the influx of tourists has a positive impact on the environment. The number of tourists visiting the Netherlands is expected to rise by 50% in the next decade. In December, the iconic “I Amsterdam” sign was removed citing over tourism concerns. Red light district tours in Central Amsterdam will also be banned by January 2020, announced the government.

For now, ‘marrying an Amstadammer’ seems a pretty great way to contribute to the economy. And a lot more fun than selfies with tulips.

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