After The Wedding
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Name Change After Marriage
After you’ve walked down the aisle with style, it’s time to consider changing your name. Did you know that 88% of U.S. brides opt to change their names after marriage? New name options include: hyphenating names with your spouse, taking both last names without a hyphen, taking your maiden name as your middle name, or simply taking your spouse’s last name.
Whatever name-change option suits your situation, the process of becoming an official Mrs. is the same tedious 13 hour endeavor. Too busy for that? The name change experts at MissNowMrs.com created an easy online service to streamline the 13 hour married name change process into 30 minutes by auto-completing all of the necessary forms and notification letters. They’ve helped over 400,000 brides transition from Miss to Mrs., and would love to help you too!
Certified Marriage Certificates
A certified marriage certificate is the legal document that allows you to file for your name change. It is the “proof” of your marriage that most state and federal government offices require before they can process your name change forms and issue you new forms of ID in your new name. It is advisable to request 2-3 certified copies of your marriage certificate from the county clerk’s office that issued your marriage license. Having multiple copies allows you to file several forms simultaneously and not risk losing your only copy.
Federal & State Name Change Forms
You will need to file the SS-5 form for your new Social Security Card, DS-11, DS-82, or DS-5504 for your new U.S. passport, the IRS 8822 to notify the IRS of your new married name, as well as forms for your new state driver’s license and voter registration. Each government office has a different set of filing requirements, and each state has a different filing order for name change documents.
After filing for your name change with state and federal offices, it’s time to notify all of your banks, credit cards, insurance providers, mortgage providers, utilities, gyms, doctor’s offices, etc. of your new married name. Most credit card providers will allow you to make the switch when you call the number on the back of your card, while most banks require you to visit a local branch office to change your name on your accounts and ATM card. Insurance, mortgage, and utility companies all have different processes for name change. You can call their support teams for filing specifics, or use the MissNowMrs name change service to select your creditors and receive specific filing instructions without the hassle of calling.
Name Change + Travel
Heads up ladies: do not book (or let your fiancé book) your honeymoon travel in your married name. Your name doesn’t magically change when you say, “I do,” so be sure to book your honeymoon travel in your maiden name. Please keep in mind that once you file your name change paperwork with the State Department, it will take 5-6 weeks for your new passport to be issued. Plan your flights accordingly to ensure smooth travel as a Mrs.
Change Your Name the Easy Way
If you’re hopping on the Mrs. wagon, there’s no need to spend endless newlywed hours navigating name-change red tape. Use the MissNowMrs easy online name change service and go from Miss to Mrs. in a matter of minutes! You can opt to print your forms immediately or have them shipped to you complete with pre-addressed and pre-posted envelopes. You then simply sign and send or file!
What Happens After the Wedding?
If you're thinking about what to do after your wedding day, congratulations! You're almost done with all your wedding planning. The final step in tying the knot includes everything you need to do after your perfect day passes. To make things easy, we've partnered with a few companies who offer special services on the things you need after you say "I do," like name change support, thank you cards, photo keepsakes, and more.
Browse our current partnerships to find special deals on a range of post-wedding services. If you don't see what you're looking for, check back soon. Our preferred partners and exclusive discounts rotate often to bring you the best wedding deals available.
How to Change Your Name After Marriage
If you’re like most brides, you’re planning on changing your last name after the wedding. Whether you’re opting to take your new spouse’s last name (either personally or professionally, or both), using or hyphenating both names, adopting your maiden name as your middle name, or merging your two last names into one new surname, a la Challen [Chapman+Allen], the process of changing your name after marriage can be tedious.
The first steps involve getting 2 – 3 certified copies of your marriage certificate from your state’s Department of Health. Requirements and fees vary from state to state, so changing your last name in New York may be a slightly different process than going from maiden-to-married name in California. Next, you’ll want to start at the top, notifying the following entities about your new married name:
- Social Security
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- U.S. Department of State (for your passport)
- U.S. Postal Service
- State voter registration
- Banks, brokers and creditors
Once the larger government and financial entities are taken care of, you’ll want to notify the following providers of your new last name:
- Your employer
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Utilities providers
- Insurance companies
- Medical providers
- Professional licensors or associations
If all this sounds arduous, we’re here to relieve some stress. You can get help from MissNowMrs.com and knock out 13 hours of work in about 30 minutes, using their pre-filled name change forms that will help you notify Social Security, US Passport, State Driver’s License, USPS, Voter Registration, and your creditors in a snap.
Wedding Thank You Notes
It may be hard to put into words how thankful you are for everything your loved ones have done for you. Bringing gifts, helping to plan your ceremony, or simply being there on the day of your dreams are the moments you'll cherish forever. To thank your guests and wedding party, customize wedding thank you notes with our preferred partners. By offering an assortment of beautiful thank you cards for weddings, you can find the perfect way to personalize your appreciation with images, text, and more, all at a special rate.
To start, choose a style you like and add photos from your wedding day. Then, customize your cards by choosing from a variety of paper, trim, and color options. Finally, add your text and select how many cards you'll need. Many thank you cards include space for handwritten notes, so you can add personal comments before sending each card out to your loved ones. When you're finished customizing your thank you cards, choose between having all the cards shipped to you directly for personalization, or let our partner take care of mailing each card to everyone on your list.
Special Wedding Keepsakes
Once the wedding is over, relive your perfect day over and over again. With special photo keepsakes from our preferred partners, you can! Use your wedding photos to create personalized home décor, including some of the best wedding photo books, shadow boxes, frames, and other photo accessories available. Our partners let you customize each piece with select images, fonts, and color schemes so you can cherish your wedding every day.
To make a photo book, start by finding a template you love. Pre-designed templates can be personalized to tell your own love story in a beautiful way. With several backgrounds, layouts, and special embellishments to choose from, you can quickly and creatively preserve your special day forever. Our partners make the entire process easy, from photo upload to design to printing and delivery. When you're finished customizing your book, it'll be shipped to you quickly so you can proudly put it on display in your home.
When you're finished taking care of the post-wedding planning, you'll finally have time to relax as a happily married couple. From David's Bridal to you, congratulations on this newest chapter of your life.