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Name Change 101

So your one true love put a ring on it…you’re getting married! You set a wedding date, found a dress, and built your registry; now it’s time to choose what surname you’ll use after the ‘I do’s’. Grooms often think this is a no-brainer, but us ladies know better. Each couple should consider all of the options before deciding which path is right for them. Whether you designed a new monogram the day after you got engaged or you are still on the fence, read on for a variety of modern alternatives plus ways to make the transition stress-free!

Here are some common (and not so common) choices for changing your name:

  • Keep your maiden name – Maybe your last name is a big part of your personal or professional identity, maybe you don’t want to lose that connection with your family. Whatever the reason, about 30% of brides  choose to keep their name the same after the wedding.
  • Take your partner’s last name – It could be that sharing a name speaks to the tradition of marriage and the formation of your new family. Or you could simply prefer their last name to your maiden name!
  • Make your maiden name your middle name – This allows you to maintain close ties to your family, while still forming a new connection within your marriage. Making this switch is a very popular option for brides looking to have the best of both worlds!
  • Have him take your name – Go against the grain and have him adopt your surname!
  • Take a brand new last name – You know that super awesome mash-up of your names that you used as a wedding hashtag? That hybrid could be the perfect way to title your new family.
  • Hyphenate – Meet your partner in the middle, with a hyphen. This option let’s you have both names, although it can become cumbersome when making introductions or booking flights.
  • Combo! – Don’t be afraid to buck tradition and go your own way. Combine options that speak to you, maybe taking your partner’s name legally while still using your maiden name professionally.

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Here are a few tips too ensure the switch goes smoothly:

  • Make sure to get certified marriage licenses.
  • If you plan on doing the leg work yourself, start with the social security office and then take care of your driver’s license.
  • Don’t forget to change any credit cards, car registrations, bank accounts, property titles, and insurance policies.
  • Let the internet take care if it for you! With sites like, just fill out a single form and you’ll be on your way.