5 Tips to Make Your Name Change Simple

I am really excited to introduce Danielle Tate as a guest blogger. Danielle specializes in making name changing easy and efficient after a civil marriage.  I realized that her experience and voice is needed, especially with all the challenges that a Destination Wedding might bring. Enjoy,


Destination weddings incorporate your dreams and an exotic locale…they can also cause a few name change headaches along the way.  Read my tips below to ensure a smooth transition from Miss to Mrs.  regardless of where you say “I do”.

1.            Book Flights & Reservations in Your Maiden Name. You won’t be able to file for a new passport or driver’s license in your married name until your marriage certificate is issued (which is typically 2 weeks after your wedding).

2.            Invest in Travel Insurance.  This protects you from any name-related mistakes that could happen on your trip (and prevents you from needing to re-purchase flights in your maiden name if your fiancé goofs).

3.            Request Multiple Marriage Certificates. Whether you’re married in the U.S. or abroad, asking for 2-3 certified certificates ensures you have enough to file for your name change with all government agencies (and saves you from negotiating for more once you’re home).

4.            Translation/Authentication.  A quick call to the Social Security Administration at 800.772.1213 will let you know if your international marriage certificate needs to be translated or authenticated before it is accepted in the U.S.

5.            Choose Your Married Name. Select your perfect married name before your wedding, so your family knows how to write checks and engrave gifts.  Play the The Married Game for a fun way to find your ideal name!

Danielle Tate is the founder of MissNowMrs.com, the premier online name change service for brides.  Helping over 180,000 brides transition from Miss to Mrs. has made her an expert in name change. Check out MissNowMrs.com for more name change information and

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