(Closed) Quick! Who do I make the check out to?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

If you do it to both either one can cash it. And I would use her maiden name because im sure she hasnt changed her name yet.

If you know she goes thru the ATM chris or christina wont matter

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Chris versus Christina shouldn’t matter

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

if you do it to both they need to have a joint account. If they don’t have an account together they will make a copy of your marriage certificate and copy that way. I always just give cash 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would say definitely either her maiden name or his name.  No need to do both, as I’m sure that they’re not going to hide it from each other.  🙂  Don’t use her married name as if it’s not changed yet, the bank won’t cash it!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’d write it out to Christina Maiden OR Joe Smith.  That way either of them can cash it.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yes – make it out to both, but use her maiden name.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you make it out to both then they both have to sign it. I’d make it out to whoever you are closest to (if it’s her use her maiden name).

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

agree with Sboston.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would write it to both but make sure you put an “or” in between.  Ex. John Smith or Jane Doe

That should eliminate a lot of the problems people have with cashing checks.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Make it out to your friend — if it’s her, her maiden name. If him, his name. Write a note and tuck it in the envelope saying it’s meant for both.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

As long as they have a joint account, it should be fine.

Or if they deposit the checks into an ATM (like we did), no one will probably notice.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I used to work for a bank and if it was made out to two people, they both had to sign it AND both their names had to be on the account. It was a huge national bank and even in the ATM, customers would get their check mailed back to them, money deducted from their account, and then they would call and flip out. They have no way to verify the other person’s signature if their name isn’t on the account, so says the policy.

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hmm not sure if my bank let it slide because they were a local credit union or not but we did both sign the back of the check even if we weren’t both on the account.

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