Whether you’re just starting your wedding planning, you’re in your last two weeks before the wedding, or you just finished the big celebration, you have begun to think about changing your last name. This is a common adjustment that many couples choose to make, however there are some parts of the process that are less obvious than others that you may not know about. Here are things you may not have realized about changing your name…
Most services will require seeing your marriage certificate
When planning your wedding, you get to choose the lovely guests you would like beside you on your big day. However, those guests are nowhere near the only people who will know about your big event! Most services you use, from the bank to your phone provider and everyone in between, will require seeing your marriage certificate before making official changes to your accounts. A good way to prepare for this ahead of time is by ordering several official copies from the state or at least making photocopies of the original. You may want to keep a copy on you when you leave the house to run errands or even when you plan on using your credit cards.
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It takes time
There are many steps that come along with officially changing your name. Some of the steps will be quick and easy, while others may be more tedious and time consuming. You may find yourself reliving your big day through your wedding album before you have everything sorted. Take this process one step at a time. Once you have updated all of your documents and services, you will be happy to finally be able to officially call yourself Misses *YourNewName*. One way to prepare for a successful and (relatively) quick journey is by having all of the necessary important documents with you at hand throughout each step of the way.
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People will question your identity
As we’ve mentioned, changing your name can sometimes be a long process. That means that some parts of it will be complete before others. With mismatched information, you may face situations in which people question why, for instance, the name on your credit card isn’t the same as your driver’s license. You can explain to the cashier (or whoever) that you are a newlywed or even show him or her your marriage certificate that you are sure to have on you!
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You will have to change the small things, as well as the large
Your first step in the name-changing process starts with the big things: driver’s license, social security card, passport, credit cards, etc. Although these are the essentials, they are not the only important things to worry about. Make sure to update the less obvious things too. For instance, you don’t want to lose all those frequent flyer miles you could use to book a flight to a great honeymoon destination! You also want to make sure to contact the post office, voter registration board, insurance companies, utilities and your landlord. When it comes to changing your name, make sure no rock is left unturned.
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It may take time to get used to hearing your new name
Once you have begun filing documents and updating accounts, you will then start to be referred to by your new family name. The process you went through to have that be the case took a significant amount of effort and time on your part, so it seems almost ironic that it might feel strange at first to hear people refer to you by a new name. Of course, you love your partner and are prepared for the journey of married life, but still, it will take time to get completely used to. Try not to miss any appointments when they call your name at the doctor’s office! It may take hearing your name called a few times before you realize that they mean you.
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Although the process itself of changing your name may not be very exciting, knowing that you are finally married to and officially the Misses of your hubby is an incredible and warm feeling that will bring you two even closer together. Make sure to consider all of the steps to changing your last name after the wedding, both big and small.