(Closed) Chaning name on passport before honeymoon?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@EnglishWifey:  It’s been a while since we’ve been out of the country, but they want the name on your passport and your ID to match….so if you’ve changed one but not the other, you might have a problem…I had been married for less than 24 hours when we left for Fiji….so I was traveling under my maiden name…it was fine.

Post # 5
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Most women in the US take their honeymoon under their maiden name because they don’t have time to wait for the marriage license to be filed so they can apply for the new passport and receive it in time for the honeymoon.

Book your tickets under whichever name will be on your passport when you take your trip.  It’s usually easier to travel in your maiden name for your honeymoon and then change your documents and passport after you return.  You can still introduce yourself as Mrs. Husband’sLastName but make sure that all of your tickets match the name on your passport the dates you are traveling.

Post # 6
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@EnglishWifey:  How soon after you change your name are you going on vacation? It usually takes some time to get a new passport. Most people keep their maiden name until they get back from overseas and then go through the process of changing documents over to their married name. I would just leave it until after you get back.

The main point is to make sure everything is the same name. What name did you book your tickets under? EVERYTHING should have that name on it. Your ID, your passport, everything.

Post # 7
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

your passport needs to match the name on your plane tickets. 

Post # 8
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You won’t need your DL for anything when you travel (except maybe an IPD if you’ll be driving), just your passport.  That name has to match your plane tickets, reservations, etc. 

We went on our honeymoon months after the wedding so I had plenty of time to change my name.  🙂  I had to renew it anyway, so I did it before the wedding in my maiden name, so I’d have it just in case.  Then you have 1 year to get a free name change so I sent it in right after the wedding and got it back in plenty of time.  Name change came back faster than the renewal, so I was glad I did it that way, even though I had tons of time to spare. 

If you just renewed it will it still be within a year when you get married?  It’ll be free to change your name if it is! 

Post # 9
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am not even bothering with changing my name until we get back from our honeymoon. Seems like too much of a hassle and I don’t want to worry about having my passport back in time

Post # 10
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Honestly, unless you are postponing your honeymoon about 6 months out, I wouldn’t bother booking it under your married name. There’s a lot of things to change and the last thing you need would be problems trying to get back into the country (or leave). It doesn’t really matter to them whether you are married or not and the hotels don’t ask for your ID to prove that you are on your honeymoon.

Post # 11
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

I talked to a lady at the passport office about this the other day. She said you have 6 months to change it for free after getting married. 

Post # 12
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

Yea I’m keeping my maiden name for the honeymoon.  We are leaving a day after the wedding and it’s just too much of a process to have to change your SSN, Drivers License, Passport, etc.  Plus the plane tix have to match your ID, so chances are, you booked it under your maiden name anyway. And from my understanding, the process takes a few mo.  Not worth the trouble.  I’ll change it after when we try for a baby because we’ll prob not travel anywhere during that time.


Post # 14
13249 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Your names have to match on your ticket and passport, and that’s as far as they check, as far as I know. 

In the US, if you’re just changing your name because of marriage or divorce and you’ve renewed your passport in the last year, the new one is printed for free.

Post # 15
7211 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@EnglishWifey:  You only need one form of ID to board the plane. What needs to match is your passport & your plane ticket. They have to match exactly. So if you’re traveling without changing your name, your reservations have to be in your maiden name. 

I was a travel agent and ran into brides making married name reservations but having maiden name passports ALL. THE. TIME. And they always cried, cause ain’t nothin’ you can do. You’re stuck at home. 

Post # 16
3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@EnglishWifey:  I’m not changing anything until I come back. We’re marrying on a Saturday, staying in a hotel for 2 nights, then we’re home for one day, then leaving for our honeymoon the next day.


I don’t want to rely on a “rush” order that will never get rushed. The U.S. is popular for this. You pay for speedy delivery and it still takes forever. But I will be quick to tell anyone who will listen at the airport that we just got married. lol 


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