Kenosha, Wisconsin Wedding Guide
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Located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, Kenosha is the fourth largest city in Wisconsin. Here you’ll have plenty of things to do and places to explore! Check out the beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan and the famous museums. The Dinosaur Discovery Museum is home to the biggest meat-eating dinosaur skeleton in the U.S. and the Kenosha Public Museum has the world's largest collection of Woolly Mammoth bones. You might also like to know that Kenosha has a great selection of wedding venues and catering services.
But before you plan your activities, let's get through the technical aspects of your wedding. You'll start by getting your minister of choice ordained.
In the State of Wisconsin, “Any ordained clergyman of any religious denomination or society, any judge of a court of record, or a family court commissioner may perform the ceremony.”
If you’ve been asked to perform a marriage ceremony but you don’t fall within any of these categories, no sweat! Ministers ordained by AMM meet Wisconsin’s requirements and are legally allowed to perform weddings in the state.
Simply follow this link to get ordained with AMM. The process is free and takes just a few minutes.
Now that the formal application process is out of the way, we can help you prepare for the more personal aspects of conducting the wedding ceremony. Being asked to officiate a ceremony is an honor, but requires a bit of preparation. You may want to check out our wedding training pages, which are a library of information to help you prepare for your first ceremony and ensure that it goes smoothly.
Here you can find everything from sample wedding ceremony scripts, to brainstorming prompts, tips for preparation, and more.
It is the couple’s responsibility to apply for and fill out the marriage license. The couple must already have an assigned wedding officiant, plus the date and location of the wedding at the time of application. Non-residents of Wisconsin must apply in the same county where they plan to get married. Residents must apply in the county where at least one of the members has resided for a minimum of 30 days. The license is then valid throughout the State of Wisconsin. Once the ceremony has taken place, it is the officiant’s job to return the marriage license to the Register of Deeds office.
Kenosha does not allow walk-in appointments for marriage license applications. Couples can call the County Clerk’s Office at 262-653-2465 to schedule an appointment. Once an appointment is made, the couple must both arrive together and be able to provide valid ID, proof of residence, copies of birth certificates, social security numbers, and any necessary divorce papers. The marriage license costs $100 cash and $103 paid by debit or credit card. There is a six-day waiting period to receive the license, which upon issuance is valid for thirty days.
When you go, remember to bring the following:
Issuance Office: 1010 56th Street
Fee: $100 cash / $103 debit or credit card
Waiting Period: 6 days
Expiration: 30 days
For The Couple
From gorgeous banquet halls and ballrooms to lush country club wedding venues, Kenosha has a great selection of options when it comes to planning the location of your ceremony and reception. If you don’t mind hopping across the state border into Illinois, check out McHenry Country Club for a spacious venue with all the extra amenities including a ballroom, conference hall, and restaurant. If you prefer a wedding reception and ceremony directly in the city, try the Circa on Seventh. This venue has an impressive 22-foot high vaulted ceiling, and characteristic brick walls, creating a charming atmosphere for a wedding banquet or reception. AMM’s favorite venue in Kenosha is The Upper East. This beautifully furnished, lavishly decorated, well-lit location, also comes with a great staff dedicated to helping you create a special and memorable experience on your big day.
Kenosha offers a bunch of different transportation services such as cabs, buses, taxis, and vans. The Kenosha City Transit consists of a fleet of 42 busses and seven streetcars, providing services throughout the city. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft should also be readily available.
Summers in Kenosha are pleasantly warm with highs averaging in the low 80’s. Winters are snowy and cold and snowy with regular below-freezing temperatures. The city receives a yearly average of 35 inches of rain and 39 inches of snow, and around 190 days of sunny weather. Late summer is the best time of year to visit Kenosha.
How long does an applicant have to wait to get remarried after a divorce?
In Wisconsin, there is a required waiting period of six months after the divorce is granted before the applicant can get remarried.
Do marriage license applicants need to provide a social security card?
No, but they do need to be able to provide the social security number.
Are you allowed to marry your cousin in Wisconsin?
Unless either party can provide proof of sterilization, or the female is at least 55 years of age, marrying your cousin is illegal in Wisconsin.
Is a blood test required to get married in Wisconsin?
No. Wisconsin does not require blood tests.
Are witnesses required to get married in Kenosha?
Yes, a legal ceremony must have at least two competent adult witnesses.
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