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5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Wisconsin

The facts below cover all the important aspects of what requirements you need to meet to be able to legally officiate a wedding ceremony in Wisconsin.

1.

Who Can Officiate Weddings in Wisconsin?

This is the relevant exerpt from the Wisconsin Statutes § 765.16 .

" Marriage may be validly solemnized and contracted in this state only after a marriage license has been issued therefor, and only by the mutual declarations of the 2 parties to be joined in marriage that they take each other as husband and wife, made before an authorized officiating person and in the presence of at least 2 competent adult witnesses other than the officiating person. The following are authorized to be officiating persons:

(1) Any ordained member of the clergy of any religious denomination or society who continues to be an ordained member of the clergy.

(2) Any licentiate of a denominational body or an appointee of any bishop serving as the regular member of the clergy of any church of the denomination to which the member of the clergy belongs, if not restrained from so doing by the discipline of the church or denomination. "


Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.

2.

Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Wisconsin?

Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Wisconsin.

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3.

Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Wisconsin?

The Wisconsin Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Wisconsin to officiate a wedding.

4.

What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Wisconsin?

The Wisconsin Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.

5.

What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Wisconsin?

All Wedding Officiants in Wisconsin must be at least 18 years old.


Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in Wisconsin

As there is no officiant registration required in Wisconsin, once ordained your next step is to start preparing to officiate the wedding. If you have not officiated a wedding before, or it has been a while, check out our Wisconsin Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.


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