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Tuesday: Trends/Traditions/Backgrounds - Pros and Cons of Name Change

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 4:15 AM

The leap into marriage is a game-changer, but should it also be a

name-changer? It's a question that may be harder than ever for a bride to answer. Essence

of Events, LLC is breaking down the Pros and Cons for you to try to make this tough

decision a little easier for you.




 

The Pros

 

When you change your name, it will symbolize a new family identity. If you chose to have

 

children, then they will take your husband’s name (unless you choose to hyphenate). But

 

representing a family unit in this way will create a sense of harmony.

 

It's easier in the long run. Whether it is a hotel concierge or your great-aunt, over the

 

years, people will be calling you by your husband's surname anyway.


If you’re not attached to your maiden name and you feel no special connection to your birth

name, your marriage allows you the opportunity to start afresh with a new nomenclature of

sorts.



The Cons

You want to maintain your professional identity. After years of hard work to make a name

for yourself in your chosen field, a lot of women find it daunting to give it up, even

symbolically, on their wedding day.



The paperwork is a nightmare. Officially changing your name requires filling out a plethora

of forms. Plus, the process varies from state to state. While there are online sites like

www.missnowmrs.com and www.namechangeexpress.com that will do the paperwork for

you for a small fee, there are still lots of other items (like your business cards, magazine

subscriptions, or personal email address) that may bear your maiden name and need

switching.


His last name sounds awful with your first. You couldn't help falling in love with someone

whose last name rhymes terribly with your first. But you can stop others from repeating

that tongue-twister, by retaining your maiden name.



For more wedding and event related advice, to get all your questions answered, and to find

out more about us, contact us today.


For more information on subjects like this and more from Essence of Events,  call 253.292.1482 or

email us at contact@essenceofevents.com and schedule your free consultation.

Written by Samantha Macrae

Photography by TIe It With Us

Categories: Trends/Style/Themes, Weddings, Stationary/Favors/Gifts

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