Post # 1
We got married 3 months ago, I’m in the process of changing my name.
I’ve changed my email at work and it’s now in my married name (emails to my maiden name will forward automatically and people get an auto-reply indicating the change).
My business cards are still in my maiden name – there are 2 reasons, they’d just bought me a new giant box a few months before the wedding and we’re in the process of re-branding and we’ll be getting all new cards soon and I don’t want to get the office to spend money on cards for a few months (it’s a small company).
So, should I jus thand out the cards in my maiden name and say nothing or should i cross out the maiden info and write in my married info?
I feel weird handing people a card with an email address that they’ll receive a reply saying it’s changed, but I also feel weird giving out a card that I’ve manually changed my name.
Post # 2
MsGinkgo: How long until rebranding is complete and you will get new cards? How often do you pass out business cards for work?
If you don’t pass them out often and don’t have to wait too long, I’d say just wait. However, if you hand out a lot of business cards, I think it is important to get the correct information on them immediately. Just buy the smallest box possible until rebranding is complete.
Post # 3
I would cross out your old name & write in your new one & new email address. That’s not weird — I’ve seen people do that a lot. Better to give people accurate info than something that looks pretty but is outdated.
Post # 4
Jen041815: I go through phases where i hand out tons and others where I hand out none. I think re-branding is soon – I know there’s been a lot of work put in to the website in the last month but there’s no definite. When I say re-branding, we’re chaning the name of the company and everything so it’s a pretty big deal.
stillme: this is what I’ve been doing but I then got worried it looked weird. I generally tell people the reason as well, changed my name don’t have new cards yet! People seem to understand (I also have very neat handwriting)
Post # 5
I don’t think business cards are all that expensive. Can you order the smallest quantity possible just to tie you over to when the rebranding is complete?
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I’d cross out your old name and write in your new one– and explain why when you give out the cards. That would totally make me remember you!
Post # 7
Your old email doesn’t forward to your new one? I guess I’d cross it out for now.
Post # 8
jamb: I work for a VERY small company – asking for new cards would not go over well.
MrsCallalily: yes, it does. Senders also get an auto-reply telling them of the change.
Post # 9
MsGinkgo: Is the new email with your correct last name changing when the rebranding happens?
Post # 10
My old email = maidenname@companyA.com
Currently email = marriedname@companyA.com
Future email = marriedname@companyB.com
we’ll all be getting completely new email addresses in a month or 2 (that’s the timeline we’re given at the moment)
I assume that the same forwarding system will apply at that time.
Post # 11
I would just use the old ones until you get the new “rebranded” ones. There’s no risk of their emails to your old address not getting to you and people will be informed of your new name/email when they get the auto-reply. They’re not going to think “WHY DIDN’T SHE TELL ME ABOUT HER NEW NAME??!!” Instead, they’ll probably just think, “Oh, she must’ve recently changed her name.” I mean, for all they know, you could have changed it yesterday.
I think giving someone a business card with all these scratch outs and mark-ups only opens the door to instances of unnecessary questions/confusion.