How to Get Married in Wisconsin

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So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Wisconsin!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Wisconsin!

How to Get Married in Wisconsin

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: If you are planning on getting married and need a marriage license, please contact the county in which you live. If you live out-of-state, contact the county where the ceremony will take place. In person and mail requests should fill out the Marriage Certificate Application. The license may be used anywhere in the State of Wisconsin.

A wedding date must be set prior to application.  The marriage license application must be completed at least seven (7) days but not more than thirty (30) days before the wedding date.

No marriage shall be contracted between persons who are nearer of kin than second cousins, except that marriage may be contracted between first cousins where the female has attained the age of 55 years or either party has documented proof of sterilization.

The bride and groom must apply together in person, show valid photo ID (such as a valid driver's license), and bring in certified copies of their birth certificates (hospital certificates or birth registration forms are not acceptable). The bride and groom must bring in their Social Security cards (the name on your Social Security card must be your legal name). If you do not have a social security card, you must provide a letter from the Social Security Administration stating why you do not have a card.

The bride or groom must show proof of residency with a current Milwaukee County address. This does not apply to out-of-state residents. If the bride or groom was previously married, a filed copy of the final judgment of divorce, legal annulment, or certified death certificate must be shown at the time of application. In Wisconsin it is unlawful for any person to marry until six (6) months after the date of the granting of a judgment of divorce, regardless of where the divorce was granted. Also provide the name, address, and telephone number of the officiant performing the wedding ceremony.

Any document not in English must have attached to it a certified or notarized translation.  Both the bride and groom must speak and be able to read English. If not, the applicant(s) must provide a translator. The bride or groom may not translate for each other.

Under 18: The minimum age to marry is eighteen (18) years of age. Applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age must have both parents' consent or the consent of their legal guardian.  A consent form must be completed, signed, and notarized. This form is available in the Office of the County Clerk.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: In Wisconsin, a marriage license costs $110.00 payable at the time of filing an application (cash and credit/debit cards accepted).  There is a convenience fee of 3% for all credit/debit card transactions.  Personal checks are not accepted.

Officiants: In Wisconsin, the ceremony must be performed by an "authorized officiating person," which can include an ordained member of the clergy, a judge of a court of record, a circuit court commissioner or the bride and groom themselves.

Valid: In Wisconsin, a license is valid within thirty (30) days after the license is issued.

Equality Rights: Same sex marriage is legal in Wisconsin.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

How many of you are getting married in Wisconsin?