Maybe you are still deciding if it’s even the right option for you?
Your name is part of your identity, so it can be tough to decide whether or not to change it. It’s a personal choice, but there are so many factors that come in to play such as cultural, practical, traditional, convenience, emotional factors. It can be confusing and daunting, so we’re here to break it down for you.
Keeping Your Maiden Name
Many Brides choose to keep their maiden name, a name after all is part of one’s identity. This option is especially popular for women who have established their career already under that name. For example, if a Scientist has published under her maiden name there are ways to be properly credited with her married name, but some find it is simpler to just not change their name at all.
I love this option personally but my name is already pretty long as it is. I have two middle names plus my Maiden Name wasn’t short and neither is my hubby’s last name. If this option seems right for you though, I think it’s the best of both worlds.
Changing Your Name
Some couples decide on this route to identify themselves to the world as one family unit. Some people are surprised to find out that taking on a Married Name is a different (and much easier) process than a regular name change. There are many factors, and as I said before it is a very personal decision that will differ for your own unique situation. If you have decided to take your spouse’s name, no matter the reason, here is a list to help make it easier.
Once you have your marriage certificate (not the same as your marriage license) you can use that to make the other changes.
- Driver’s Licence
- Health Care Card
- Canada Revenue Agency
- Credit Cards
- Student Loan
- Vehicle Registration
- Your Employer
- Utility Companies
- Phone, Cable, Internet Provider
- Social Media Profiles
- New Email Account
- Friends and family
Not so overwhelming when you break it down, right?