Search Box Here
LIFE CAT COLUMN
MarriageLow-Cost Wedding TipsThe average wedding is estimated to be around $26,000. That's as much as new car and a down-payment for a first home! If you're looking to save a few extra pennies to have AFTER the wedding, here are top tips from five frugal brides.Preventing Wedding Day DisastersLearn how to handle a big wedding day emergency BEFORE it happens! Top tips from brides, florists and wedding planners from across the country.After the Wedding Changing Your NameAfter getting married, most states will allow you to change your name simply by usage. However, you will also need to contact organizations and institutions listed below.Bride's Wedding Day Emergency ListOf course, you hope that nothing will go wrong on your big day — but better safe than sorry. Below is a great DIY wedding day emergency list. And just like your big day, make this list your own. Pick out items you want, don't worry about the others.Groom's Wedding Day Emergency KitOf course, you hope that nothing will go wrong on your big day — but better safe than sorry. Below is a great DIY wedding day emergency list. And just like your big day, make this list your own. Pick out items you want, don't worry about the others.Getting Insurance as a CoupleMarriage is a life-changing event — legally and financially. Insurance agents recommend reviewing your policies and coverage options before you tie the knot.Wedding Insurance FAQsWedding insurance is similar to any other form of insurance: you may be reimbursed if the unexpected occurs. Below are answers to common questions about wedding insurance.Marriage as a Legal AgreementBelow is a list of links to marriage legal matters.What Every Wedding Guest Should KnowYou've gotten the invitation, made the hard choice between chicken and fish, and sent in your "YES" RSVP. As a guest you're set, right? Well, here are a few etiquette hints.
LIFE AD SPACE

After the Wedding: Changing Your Name

After getting married, most states will allow you to change your name simply by usage. However, you will also need to contact organizations and institutions listed below. Remember, different organizations have different rules regarding name changes.

If an institution is not willing to recognize your new name, you may need to get a court order. Contact your county courthouse for more information.

Here's a starter list of people, companies and organizations to notify about your new name:

Banks and other financial institutions

Credit card companies

Employers

Friends and family

Gym/club memberships

Insurance policies

Library (for updated library card)

Magazine subscriptions/Other deliveries

Medical providers (doctor, dentist, etc)

Mortgages and leases

Utility and telephone companies

Post office

Schools and alumni associations

Social Security: Complete Form SS-5 (available online or at your local Social Security office) and submit evidence of your identity. See the Social Security web site or call (800) 772-1213 for more information.

Stocks and bonds

Taxes

U.S. Passport office

Voter registration

Wills

WHN Tip: Getting Divorced?
Name changing laws may vary by state. Ask your lawyer about name changing procedures and what to do in your state. For more information, go to WHN's Divorce section.

Additional Information

Nolo.com
Nolo.com features a Name Change FAQ section. Nolo.com is a legal guide, which provides do-it-yourself legal solutions for consumers and small businesses.

TheKnot.com
Name Change 101: This wedding planning site offers tips and advice on changing your name. TheKnot is a comprehensive resource for couples seeking information and services to help plan their weddings and their future lives together.

Other Life Pages
MarriageAfter the Wedding Changing Your Name

After getting married, most states will allow you to change your name simply by usage. However, you will also need to contact organizations and institutions listed below.

 Read More
Bride's Wedding Day Emergency List

Of course, you hope that nothing will go wrong on your big day — but better safe than sorry. Below is a great DIY wedding day emergency list. And just like your big day, make this list your own. Pick out items you want, don't worry about the others.

 Read More
Getting Insurance as a Couple

Marriage is a life-changing event — legally and financially. Insurance agents recommend reviewing your policies and coverage options before you tie the knot.

 Read More
Groom's Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Of course, you hope that nothing will go wrong on your big day — but better safe than sorry. Below is a great DIY wedding day emergency list. And just like your big day, make this list your own. Pick out items you want, don't worry about the others.

 Read More
Low-Cost Wedding Tips

The average wedding is estimated to be around $26,000. That's as much as new car and a down-payment for a first home! If you're looking to save a few extra pennies to have AFTER the wedding, here are top tips from five frugal brides.

 Read More
Marriage as a Legal Agreement

Below is a list of links to marriage legal matters.

 Read More
Preventing Wedding Day Disasters

Learn how to handle a big wedding day emergency BEFORE it happens! Top tips from brides, florists and wedding planners from across the country.

 Read More
Wedding Insurance FAQs

Wedding insurance is similar to any other form of insurance: you may be reimbursed if the unexpected occurs. Below are answers to common questions about wedding insurance.

 Read More
What Every Wedding Guest Should Know

You've gotten the invitation, made the hard choice between chicken and fish, and sent in your "YES" RSVP. As a guest you're set, right? Well, here are a few etiquette hints.

 Read More