(Closed) Explaining our New Last Name at Ceremony? Suggestions on wording please?

posted 10 years ago in Names
Post # 3
90 posts
Worker bee

I think you could do it in conjunction with a candle lighting or sand ceremony type thing.  A two become one thing.  Just be aware that a lot of people at the wedding are probably going to think it’s weird and will likely make comments.  Try not to let it upset you.  If you think it will upset you, then maybe don’t do it at the ceremony so you don’t have to hear it.  It’s a neat idea though.  Good luck.

Post # 4
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You can mention it as part of the ceremony, but you could always get a jump on it and explain in the programs, if you’re having them.  That way, it won’t take people by surprise. 

Post # 6
8 posts
  • Wedding: October 2007

Perhaps after you exchange rings, your officiant could say something along the lines of:

"Your first name" and "Mr.’s first name" have exchanged rings as a symbol of their love for one another.  As they embark on their new life together today and start their own family, they have chosen to create a new blended last name that honors both of their family names.  I’m thrilled to be the first to introduce you to: Mr. and Mrs. NewLastName!  Congratulations!"

And later, when you’re introduced as "Mr. and Mrs. NewLastName," whoever is introducing you can just enunciate well; s/he won’t have to explain how the NewLastName came about since your officiant will have already done so. 


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