Hey guys! Before we get to this week's edition of - A Bride's Story - Changing your Name, I wanted to do a little housekeeping. Starting tomorrow, I will be posting a new blog on Thursdays - Vendor Spotlight. These blogs will be bi-weekly and will feature vendors in the wedding industry from one of several markets: Charlotte, NC, Asheville, NC, Wilmington, NC, Greenville, NC, Charleston, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Hilton Head, SC, Savannah, GA, Atlanta, GA, Charlottesville, VA, Knoxville, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Birmingham, AL and St. Augustine, FL. We will be interviewing wedding planners, venues, photographers, florists and cake designers as well as guest columns by a few other companies. Our goal is to help you with all your wedding planning needs from the time you pick your venue until you move into your first home. As you can see in Amber's blog this week - there are a lot of things that go into getting married and our goal is to help you along the way.
Hello, friends! We are closing about nine and a half months out now and Laurie has ordered our Save the Dates, slated to be mailed out in a few weeks! I got an email that my wedding dress is ready to be picked up, I will be doing that tomorrow afternoon and that is about all the wedding planning news I have now.
I wanted to talk about something that most brides need to know in this blog. Changing your name. I did some research and printed out all the forms that I will need to send out after the wedding. I wanted to write about it because there are several things to do! First and foremost, you will need to start with the Social Security Office. You can download the form off their website and bring it to your local office, which can be found online. You will need a copy of your marriage license, but from everything I can find you only need to order 2-3 copies when you apply. DMV and SSA will only look at certified copies, make a copy, and give it back. For your passport, it’s easier to just mail it in, so you will definitely need an extra copy for that! I would suggest one more copy in case you opt to mail in your forms to the SSA. Be aware of their hours as they are not typically 9-5!
The next step would be changing your name (and address if necessary) with DMV. Those forms can be found on your state’s website, but can also be found state by state on this site. This is not an official site sponsored by the government or any specific state, but all forms can be found for each state and it’s much easier to navigate than some state’s DMV sites. For example, in South Carolina I need to fill out two forms. One as a name change and one requesting a new license. Be sure to check with your individual state to guarantee that you won’t have to make any additional trips!
If you are going out of the country for your honeymoon and are leaving within 8 weeks of your wedding, it is likely easier to change your passport information after the trip. They say it will only take 4-6 weeks, but we all know you should leave a little extra time! You can expedite the process for an additional $60, but why spend more money if you don’t have to? If, like me, you have an expired passport and are traveling shortly after your wedding, you can renew your passport with Form DS-82 - for $110 and as long as you change your name within 1 year using Form DS-5504 there is no additional charge. The only stipulation to this is that your passport must be undamaged, issued within 15 years, and you’re at least 18 years old.
Once your social security card and driver’s license are changed you can then go about changing your information at the bank, with your credit cards, and any other bills you have. It is recommended to go into the bank with a copy of your marriage license, but most everything else should be able to be done online.
I know this was a very boring blog, but I hope that some of you find it helpful! There is so much information out there, but it took me awhile to narrow down the right order to get things done! As I said last week, Laurie and I will be going to Savannah next week, so there should be some fun stuff to share in the next blog! I’ll try to keep the blogs a little less boring from here on out. J
Until next time, my friends! Amber
Be sure to check back tomorrow when I introduce you to Samantha Mason of Old South Vintage Rentals. She will be our first vendor spotlight and I can't wait for you to meet her.