Marriage in Wisconsin

You are planning on showing your love and commitment to your partner by getting married. You know exactly where you want to get married - Wisconsin. You also know the dress you want, the reception you want and every other detail that makes the happiest day of your life go as beautifully as you wish for it to.

However, if you can answer yes to the following questions, you cannot get married in Wisconsin:

  • Are you under the age of 18 and do not have parental consent?
  • Are you under the age of 16?
  • Are you getting married in less than 6 days time and still do not have your marriage license?
  • Are you marrying someone of the same sex?
  • Are you marrying your cousin, under the age of 55?


If you have answered no to the following questions, you can carry on and get your marriage license. This needs to be obtained no more than thirty days before your proposed wedding, and no less than six. After 30 days, your license will expire, and seeing as it will cost you between $80 and $100 by cash or check, it will be an expensive mistake to make!

When you apply for your marriage license, you may find that it will be necessary to take the following documents with you:

  • Social security number
  • Previous marriages
  • Residence and address
  • Date and location of intended marriage


Knowing what you need to take with you prior to your marriage in Wisconsin will lower the risk of something going wrong when you apply for your marriage license. There are certain rules that need to be adhered to if you are planning to get married for a second or even third time, and one of these rules is that you must not get married in Wisconsin until six months after a divorce has been finalized. You must also show complete documentation such as divorce papers or death certificate, so without these, you may find that you have a problem applying for a new marriage license.

Wisconsin requires more documentation than some other states, and among these are details of both the bride and grooms parents. Maiden names of parents are essential, as are their full names and addresses.

All in all, the different counties within Wisconsin may have different rules and regulations for marriage within them, therefore it is a very good idea to check all of these before you take anything as a definite answer. Checking and double checking reduces the risk of something going wrong, and we all want our wedding to go without a hitch!