Okay, I have to be honest, I've never really been a fan of changing my name when I got married. However, when it came right down to it, it meant a lot to my now-husband and I think it will be easier when we have kids, etc. so I decided to take the plunge.
I started by enlisting the help of the site missnowmrs.com. It's a great site that takes all of the guesswork out of changing your name. It gives you all of the forms you need to fill out, tells you where you need to send things, and what paperwork you need to send with your forms (like, you must send the original marriage license to the Social Security office, not a photocopy).
Things were going great: I had all of my forms filled out well in advance, and as soon as I had that marriage license, I was going to be well on my way . . . that was a year ago.
A few months ago (I was definitely procrastinating), I finally sent my papers to the Social Security office. About a month later, I received my original marriage certificate back from them along with a letter that said they were "processing" my request. Then another month went by and I received a letter saying I had been rejected. What?
They claimed I had sent a photocopy of the marriage license instead of the actual license, which was so not the case. When I called, they apologized and said someone in their office did not process the license properly and if I can, I should come into the office to reprocess my paperwork.
But guess what -- they're only open from 9 to 4, Monday through Friday . . . of course. And after that I still have to stand in line at the DMV, get a new passport, and change all of my credit cards and bank accounts -- oy! I'm tired just thinking about it.
So why am I doing it after all this? Because in the end I know it will make my husband happy, and as I said before, I'm hoping it will be easier when we have kids, etc. Because all of this work has got to have some sort of payoff right? So what do you think -- should I still go through with changing my name? How many of you are planning on changing your name or have? Share your stories below; I'd love to hear from you.