(Closed) When did you start using your new last name?

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I used it right away.  You could use it socially before you have officially changed it with anyone.

Post # 4
Member
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I’ve been married two months now and we’ve just received our wedding certificate (it was long because this is the second version, the first had mistakes… plus, it’s issued by the Dominican Republic and sent here by mail). Anyway…

Until I get all the paperwork done, I will not be using by married name for official things. I have to get the certificate translated and then take care of the paperwork. So maybe another 2 weeks. I have been using it for new magazines subscriptions and activities, just because I’m excited to use it.

Post # 5
Member
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I started using it socially outside of work immediately. Although, many times, I wasn’t used to it, so I still introduced myself has “[maiden name], oops! I’m sorry, I just got married, it’s actually [new name].”

It took me about a month before I legally switch everything over, and I started using it for everything, including work (for some reason, I was hesitant to start using it at work right away – but I think that had a lot to do with the fact that I’m the only married female in the office, and just felt weird about it).

Post # 6
Member
1897 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

So the other day I really jumped the gun and signed my new last name on a UPS delivery machine thing….the UPS guy was like “I thought your last name was _______”  And I was like “ummm, we got married”  and UPS man said “I thought you weren’t getting married ’til this summer”  and I stood there scared that some government offical UPS man was going to arrest me for illegal last name usage or something.  I just started slurring my words and I was like “ehh, gotta go!”  and closed to door.  Crap, why does the UPS man know so much about my life?!?!  What’s he going to think when he starts delievering wedding gifts?  hahahah I’m so stupid.

Post # 7
Member
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@virginia- lmao! that is hilarious. and why DOES he know so much about your life? I’d have just said you just got LEGALLY married but your wedding reception and ceremony with friends is in august 😉 

@spaniel will there be any problem getting your diploma or your bar certificate in your married name if you don’t change it now? That would be my only concern. Both mine are in my maiden name obviously and it kind of sucks that my name wont match anymore. 

Post # 8
Member
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i used it socially right away. but you have to be careful about that- my mom gave me a check made out to mr. and mrs. new last name as part of our wedding gift, and i told her that i hadn’t changed my name yet (so we had to wait to deposit it until i did). her response was “but you changed it on facebook.” yes, because facebook is real life.

Post # 10
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I got my marriage license about a week after getting married.  I was able to change my bank accounts almost right away but I waited on my drivers license because we were moving and I didn’t want to pay for a new license twice.

Post # 12
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@spaniel: Wow that’s a long time!  Maybe yours is longer since California has a lot of people?

Post # 13
Member
3125 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

it took a while for the papers to come from Jamaica (6-8 wks?), so once they were in, i took a day to change my name. I didn’t go by my new name until that point, unless i was being addressed with my hubby (like at a hotel or something, checking in).

Post # 14
Member
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Right after all the paperwork made it official! & even then when i sign for ups things I use my old last name since its shorter.

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