How to Get Married in Wisconsin

Whether you are an in-state resident or you are planning a long-distance wedding, knowing how to get married in Wisconsin can be a tricky endeavor if you are not familiar with event planning. There is a long list of to-dos before your big day, but with the right steps and quality vendors, you can easily pull together a successful wedding.


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    Obtain your Wisconsin marriage license in the county in which you live. If you are from out of state, you will need to obtain it in the county in which you are getting married.
    • You have to apply together in person, and there is a 6-day waiting period after the application is submitted.
    • To be considered a resident, you have to have lived in Wisconsin for at least 30 days before your application, and you can use your license to get married in any county in Wisconsin.
    • You will have to know, before you apply for the marriage license, when and where your ceremony will take place as well as who your officiant will be.
    • Bring photo identification and know your social security number. You also will have to show proof that you have physically resided in your Wisconsin address for at least 30 days. To do this, you can use your driver's license if issued to that address, a copy of your lease, or a copy of a utility bill or your bank statement.
    • You will need to bring a certified copy of your birth certificate from the state or the county where you were born. It has to be legible, and you can substitute a green card or your naturalization papers if you were born outside of the United States.
    • If it doesn't already include it on your birth certificate, you will need to know your parents' full names as well as your mother's maiden name.
    • If you were married before, you will need to bring the proper paperwork showing how the marriage ended (e.g. divorce, annulment or death). Note, though, in Wisconsin, you have to wait 6 months after your judgment has been granted in a divorce to remarry.
    • If you are 16 or 17 years old and want to marry in Wisconsin, you will need a signed parental consent.
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    Find a Wisconsin ceremony location.
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    Look for a Wisconsin reception site large enough to accommodate the number of guests you are planning to have.
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    Find other Wisconsin wedding vendors to help with your big day. These can include, but are not limited to, your florist, DJ, photographer, videographer, caterer, officiant or invitation provider.


  • Call ahead to the county clerk's office from which you are getting your marriage license. You can confirm its hours of operation as well as find out how much and what type of payments are accepted. Dane County, for example, will only take cash. They do not accept checks or credit cards.
  • Exceptions to the waiting period can be made if out-of-state residents are coming in to marry, if one of you is in the military and is called to active duty, or if one of you is terminally ill. There is a $25 fee to grant this waiver.

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