(Closed) Legal Name Change — Honeymoon

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m not changing any of my documents (passport or drivers license) until after the honeymoon…that way my name matches on every document I have.  No one you show the documents to will know that that’s not technically your name anymore.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would just wait to change your name legally until after the honeymoon. I booked everything in my maiden name and the hotels kept calling hubby “Mr. Genz” so we changed the name on the res to his last name (then I lost my key and couldnt convince the front desk to make me a new one because my id still had my maiden name). You have to worry about your id matching the name on your plane tickets as well.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I wouldn’t change ANYTHING until after you go on your honeymoon.  Just travel in your maiden name and change your license afterwards.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Since you are having a delayed honeymoon, if you are 100% sure you will have all of your documents changed over to your married name beforehand, then I’d make the plane tickets and reservations with that name.  But it depends on how many weeks you’re talking about.

The easiest thing to do will be to hold off on changing anything until after the honeymoon.  But if we’re talking a few months and not weeks, then it’s okay.  It could also help to call Expedia or whatever site you’re planning to book through and ask them if it’s possible to book with your maiden name and then travel under your married name.  The hotel surely won’t care.  It’s any plane tickets and cruises that you may run into a problem with.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Like PP said, don’t change your name until after you travel. Airport security will check your license and/or passport, and if the name doesn’t match what’s on your plane ticket, you’re going to be in trouble. You can’t get a passport without having a driver’s license from the state you live in (at least that was how it was for me in NC), so you wouldn’t even be able to apply for a passport in your married name until after your wedding. I think it’s free or really cheap to update your name on your passport within a year of getting it though.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

You cannot legally change you name until around 2 weeks after the wedding. You need the officiant to send you marriage license to the city hall and wait for them to file it an mail you a copy. So you probably won’t even be able to change it if you want to until after you come back from your honeymoon. Go on your honeymoon with all legal documentation in your maiden name (including passport) and change everything when you get back. I don’t believe there is a fee or it’s minimal if you change your name within a yr from the passport being issued. More than a yr then you have to pay the fee for a brand new passport.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

@Summy00: If for some reason you need proof, bring a copy of your marriage license. Not all women change their names after all, so a hotel or cruise line can’t require that a husband and wife have the same last names in order to qualify for honeymoon discounts 🙂

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Summy00: I talked my way out of it. I didn’t have anyone ask for proof that it was our honeymoon (duh, they can tell by the “glow”)

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

Yeah, the “proof” at honeymoon locales is your marriage license, which you’ll definitely have.

Otherwise, I wouldn’t risk being denied a boarding pass because my last names don’t match in certain IDs. I’m keeping everything as is until we return from the honeymoon.

Post # 13
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341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

just change your name AFTER you come back from the honeymoon

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

@Summy00: Proof = marriage certificate (in CA we don’t even get that back right away, though?). You don’t need to have your name changed already.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Your marriage license will have your maiden name on it.  So if they require proof of marriage it will be fine.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

If you get your passport in your maiden name, as long as you change it to your married name within a year, it will not cost you anything to change your name on it.  

You can legally change your name any time after your wedding.  Our officiant gave us the marriage license ofter the ceremony and we took it to the county clerk’s office ourselves and their office gave us the office certificate that same day.  

Your best bet is to make your honeymoon reservations in your maiden name, keep all your legal identification in your maiden name until after the honeymoon, and take a certified copy of your marriage license with you on your honeymoon to get the discounted rate (Take a copy, not the original).  Hotels, travel agencies, airlines and such are used to this situation, because it happens all the time. 

 

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