Post # 33
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
The honeymoon is the last time you will travel under your maiden name if you plan to take your husband’s name. Generally, you won’t have time to change over the documetns necessary for travel like your ID and passport (unless you are traveling a few months after your wedding.)
Post # 34
- Wedding: September 2012 - Cabin
@mississippibride: depending on whether your officiant gives you a copy of your marriage certificate right away, you can actually get it done in a day.. Start with the social Security office and then DMV and bank. Wait till after your honeymoon for credit cards, utilities, etc… It’s possible.
Post # 35
I got married in October and we aren’t going on our honeymoon until March and I still haven’t changed my name cause I didn’t want to risk worrying about getting my passport with my new name back in time. I just don’t see how you will get it changed in time and why would you want that added stress anyways. Last thing you are gonna want to do right after your wedding is worry about that. Just call Carnival and keep your fingers crossed that they will let you change back to your maiden name for the booking.
Post # 36
@yellowshoe: Yes, I had it changed at a court. Actually, my mom did. For some reason she changed my entire name when I was 8 years old (my older brothers as well), but it was not associated with a divorce or marriage. It was “just because”. However, by law anyone can change their name at any time as long as it is not for the purpose of deceit or fraud (which, I guess, they have to take your word for). Later on, I change my name AGAIN on my own and had to get into an argument with the guy at the social security office over this matter, but in the end I got a new SS card with the right name.
I might add that it was changed in MA the first time and TX the second (or maybe it was NM, I don’t remember), so I have not had experience changing it in MS, although that is where I currently live.
Post # 37
Bad Idea – change it back. If you are going on your honeymoon right after the wedding, you wont have any documents showing your new name. I booked our cruise under my maiden name – just easier this way.
Post # 38
I would change it back to your maiden name ASAP. There’s no way you’ll have your name changed in time – SS card, Driver’s license, Passport, etc. The only thing you probably will have is your marriage license. Better to be safe than sorry!
Post # 39
Ok as a Travel Nut and cruise lover let me weigh in here.
BOTH the Airlines and Cruise Lines must submit their Passenger Manafests to US Customs & Border Protection / Homeland Security in the hours prior to departure
So it is IMPERATIVE that when it comes to International Reservations that things match up with what is on one’s passport.
Because this is the ONLY acceptable document that will be accepted to PROVE WHO YOU ARE
So the requirement isn’t really one needed by other countries (as someone else mentioned) BUT the fact that the US itself needs this info, and considers the Passport to be the ultimate form of Identification (most secure / hardest to alter / forge etc)
*Altho there are certainly instances where folks have found themselves in a similiar situation as you’ve mentioned (booked in one, passport in the other) the process of proving the whole thing is a potential nightmare… more so if it is immediately after your Marriage, and you don’t have the required Legalized Marriage Certificate back from the authorities. Best therefore to just leave things in your Maiden Name until you have all the necessary paperwork and time to make the change-over and order a new Passport etc.
Hope this helps,