Post # 1
So i’m getting married in late September and we will have a delayed honeymoon a month and 5 days after the wedding. I really want to change my last name ASAP after the wedding but I’m unsure on how long the process actually takes. I really wanted to buy plane tickets sometime this month but I really don’t know if I should put my last name or my future last name. Can anyone help me? If i hyphenate it, could that work? My biggest fear is that I will end up doing it the wrong way and then won’t be able to fly.
Post # 3
I’d personally just not change my name legally until after the honeymoon to avoid dealing with this, I don’t know what your free time is like, but it took me several months to change everything (in fact I still haven’t changed my name at the bank or on my credit cards because Darling Husband and I haven’t been able to be free at the same time when the bank is open to join accounts etc) because government offices are only open at extremely inconvenient times when you have a 9-5….
Post # 4
@ThinkingOutLoud: Please please please do NOT change your last name until AFTER the honeymoon. You can not bank on having your id/passport changed in time. I used to work for the emergency desk at a large travel agency and got calls from crying brides at least once a week because of this!
ETA: Hyphenating doesn’t change anything. Your passport & plane ticket have to match EXACTLY. Like, down to the detail- if you have your middle initial on the passport you have to put it on the plane ticket.
Post # 5
I have the same problem with a cruise, flight, & passport I’ll need one month from our wedding. Knowing that it can take days just to process and return the marriage license, I have decided that the name changes must wait until after our honeymoon.
As for being on the cruise ship, I have been assured already that they will call and treat me as “Mrs.” In fact they already do, and the wedding is not until July! But for much less travel and planning stress, keep your name the same until after the trip.
Post # 6
Okay, I guess I’ll wait. 🙁 I really didn’t want to lol but if it saves me the trouble then so be it. I don’t need a passport since I’m just flying to Florida but I guess I don’t want to risk my bank card and license though..
Post # 7
it took me about 8 weeks to get things changed so I would book it under your maiden name. sorry 🙁
Post # 8
I avoided changing my last name until after the honeymoon. We went overseas and so the name on the plane ticket had to match the one on the passport. 🙂 I’m currently in the process of changing my name though.
Post # 9
@ThinkingOutLoud: Wait, so you don’t need to have your passport changed for your honeymoon because you’re traveling domestically, right?
ETA: Oops, changed my advice because I just saw it’s a little over a month after the wedding, not several months. Wait. Everything on your ID needs to match your travel documents.
Post # 10
@ThinkingOutLoud: just wait until after the honeymoon. it’s not worth the risk.
i travel a lot and i can’t tell you how many times i’ve seen new brides in tears standing at the check-in counter with all of their ID pulled out of their wallets trying to prove their maiden name vs married name. i’ve even witnessed where the bride was allowed to “check in” but refused at the gate. she was not allowed on the flight.
your ticket must match your passport EXACTLY or you will not get on the plane.
Post # 11
Yikes! I figured it was worth a shot asking. I assumed a month would be a decent amount of time but I really would rather wait than risk trying to beat the time crunch even though I’m a little bummed. I guess I’m just impatient but I’d rather have a worry free honeymoon than be stuck without one! Thanks for the advice everyone.
Post # 12
It took me about three weeks to change my name over on all my documents. Since your probably booking your honeymoon before your wedding/name change you would need to book in your madien name. Like everyone else said your ID and tickets need to match, same with your bank card and ID in some places and your hotel reservations and ID.