(Closed) To passport or not to passport

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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389 posts
Helper bee

I belive it takes close to 12 weeks to get a passport. You can rush order it, but it still takes a bit of time. 

If this overseas honeymoon is actually happening, apply for a passport (rush) now! 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

A passport is generally a good thing to have anyway. At the very least it can be used as another form of identification, should you need it.

It’s pretty simple. I never had a passport before and I used this website: https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm

It was pretty easy, took about a week and a half for me to get my passport in. If you want your new name on it, I’d wait until you’ve actually changed your name before applying.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I’d wait until you actually receive the gift before making plans for obtaining your passport. If at all possible, you should wait until after your wedding, change your name right away, and apply for a passport using your married name. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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mshoneybeespgbuzz:  how old are you? How can you not have a passort? You are getting married but never left this country? 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

So this advice is based on the presumption that you’ll be changing your name after you get married:

Unless you know for certain that you’re being given this honeymoon gift with the intention of you leaving right away, I’d hold off.

Having a passport is great for an additional piece of identification, but since you’re so close to getting married, I’d wait until the name change process was complete so you don’t have to apply for a new passport so soon after getting the first one.

If you’re NOT changing your name, then go ahead and start the process now. It takes a few months to complete.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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RosaBride:  Depending on where she’s from and what her life was like growing up, she may not have ever had the opportunity to leave the country.

I grew up in New Jersey and didn’t need a passport until I was 16, when I was going to Canada with school group over the summer. I had friends as adults who didn’t get passports until their early 20s because they never had the opportunity to travel abroad.

Heck, one girlfriend had to rush to get her passport because she was getting married and her husband got offered a job in Spain.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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hokie2wildcat:  Age 16 is not a big deal, I mean you are essentially still a child then without your own money and all that. I just think it’s amazing how one is ‘ready’ to get married, but has never even left the country. Especially nowadays.. But oh well! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

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mshoneybeespgbuzz:  

Just an FYI in case you don’t get around to getting one & then DO need one on the fly:

There is a same day passport service for emergency situations.  You have to make an appointment by phone in advance with the nearest US passport office for the service.  I think the offices are always in major cities so it could be a hike if you live far from one.  I believe the cost for the same day service is $260.  Plus another 20 bucks for overnight mail if you live too far away to pick it up.  Turn around time is about 6 hours.  So if you have a morning appointment you’ll get the passport later the same day.  If you have an afternoon appointment  will be ready first thing in the morning when the open the next day.

I just had to do this myself recently, worked fine.  Just expensive!

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

An expedited passport usually takes 6 weeks 

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RosaBride:  damn judge-y

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

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RosaBride:  I’m confused by your posts.  Are you saying that the OP (or anyone) is not fit for marriage unless they have travelled outside of the US?  How so?

Also, you do realize that this is a large country and you can travel far & wide without ever leaving the country, much more so than in, say Europe?  

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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RosaBride:  I have lots of friends, mostly from college, who have never traveled abroad or only did once they were in their mid twenties.  Maturity had nothing to do with it.  Money did, though.

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