Post # 1
Like a lot of other women on here, I’m having a real hard time trying to decide whether or not to change my name when I get married. But that’s my own problem and not why I’m here. The other day I mentioned to my FH that at least I don’t have to decide before the wedding, and I could change it at any time if I wanted. To that he replied, well what about the name on the marriage certificate?
Good question! Is it common practice to change your name before or after the actual marraige? I always assumed you need your marriage license/certificate to change your name, so it would have to be after, right?
Set me straight, bees!
Post # 3
Here in Oklahoma I had to sign my chosen after marriage name on the certificate before we got married.
Depending on where you live and what the state’s requirements are, you may need to decide before you get married. I signed my certificate, with my new married name about three days before I got married.
Post # 4
Depends where you live. I am in Canada and I didn’t change my name until after the wedding. I had to have the marriage certificate as prove in order to change my name for things like my drivers license and bank account.
Post # 5
I also have to wait until our marriage is certified before I can change my name … Take about ten weeks after you are married
Post # 6
@leahthehun: It is totally different depending on where you live. In most of Canada, as a PP said, the marriage certificate serves as a change of name, and a woman can use either her married name, or her maiden name, after that. She can switch back and forth at will. My wife is American, so I know it’s different there. In Canada, if you want to hyphenate, you have to go through the process of a legal name change, and would have to do that again if you ever wanted to change it back.
In Quebec, the government has switched to women using their birth names only, for legal purposes. My godmother’s mother (who I think is a widow) had to switch back to her maiden name on her driver’s licence, etc., after using her married name for 50+ years, much longer than she had ever gone by her maiden name.
Post # 7
I had to change my name afterwards. The celebrant told me to sign my maiden name, then change it over after I got my marriage certificate.