Getting Married In Illinois?
Information you might want to know if you are getting married in Illinois.

Illinois State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of Illinois is the beautiful Purple Violet.  (Pictured above)

Illinois State Fruit

Do you want to use the state fruit in your wedding dessert?
State Fruit:  Goldrush Apple

Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of Illinois, you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office.

Marriage license fee: $15-$75, varying by county

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in Alabama: Age 18
  • You can obtain a marriage license from the county in the State of which you are getting married.
  • There is 24 hour waiting period.
  • The wedding license is valid for 60 days only in the county in which it was issued.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • Witnesses are not required in the State of Illinois.
  • Both parties need to be present to apply in person.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid form of I.D.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid Social Security card.

You can check most recent updated laws here.

Plan Your Wedding According To Your Favorite Season

Starting in mid June the winter weather has thawed and the weather starts to become beautiful.   Temperatures are normally in the 70’s during the summer months.

Winters can be harsh in Illinois.   Ice cold winds and horrid snow storms.   Winter months are not a popular time for weddings.  The winter months will be hard for your guests to travel and get to and from venues.

The fall months have the most vibrant colors and scents.   November temperatures are normally in the upper 40’s and lower 50’s.

Spring is a pleasant month to have a wedding.   Still chilly cold, but great for indoor weddings.

Popular Illinois Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in Illinois choose semi-formal or formal weddings.
  • Indoor wedding venues are more popular then outdoor venues.
  • Tradition in Illinois is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Chicago and Rockford are the two most popular cities to get married.
  • There are a lot of historic buildings that engaged couples choose to say their “I Do’s”.