Do I Have to Change my Last Name?
When it comes to making the decision about whether or not to change your surname after you’ve married it can be tricky. However there is no official requirement for you to do so and legally both the bride and the groom have the right too;
- Keep their pre married name
- Use the others surname (yep that’s right this applies to the guys too)
- Hyphenate the two
If you decide that you want to move your maiden name into the place of a middle name you will need to change your name via deed poll. More information about that can be found here.
How do I Change my Last Name?
As soon as we have finished signing the marriage licence you can start using your new last name, there is no need to do anything formal, like changing your name via deed poll, you just assume your new name and start using it. Some business and organisations may require more proof of documentation than others in order to change their records so it’s always best to take your copy of your marriage certificate along with you. However if you start by changing your driver’s licence or passport and then your bank details the others should be fairly simple using these new forms of identification. Here are a few of the people and places you might need to notify of your name change;
- Post office
- Car registration
- Doctors/Hospital records
- Banks & Credit Cards
- Telephone, power and other utility companies
- Insurance companies
- Social Media
When it comes to the big day itself I always ask my couples how they would like to be presented to their guests at the end of the ceremony. Some are very happy to be Mr and Mrs Smith, but if that doesn’t feel right its just as okay to say "husband and wife" or something similar that works for you. After all it should be about you and what feels right.