Today we’re diving into the thrilling world of marriage licenses! Ok, maybe not thrilling, but it is exciting because this means your wedding is almost here! I’m focusing on marriage licenses in Missouri and Illinois, as that’s where I work most. Requirements may change, so be sure to double-check your county requirements wherever you’re getting married (I’ll include links at the end of the post).
Both states require that you are both 18, not blood relatives, and have proof of divorce, if applicable. It’s a fairly simple process, and shouldn’t take more than 1-2 hours, depending on the season (our license took about 30 minutes to obtain for our January wedding).
I suggest checking your county’s website one month before your wedding to make sure you have everything you need, check the hours for your license office, and decide the best day to obtain your license. Also, give your officiant an addressed and stamped envelope with the license at your wedding, then they just have to drop it in the mail after everything is signed! Now celebrate, because it’s almost wedding time!