Well THINK AGAIN.
One man walks us through what it's really like to change your last name when you get married and now I'm thinking twice about it!
My mom actually hyphenated her last name to keep her maiden name and now she'd love to just go by my dad's last name (really short, really common, really easy) but she doesn't want to go through the hassle all over again.
Some cultures don't do the whole name-change thing and I think they've got it right ;)
This is Matthew. He got married a few months ago.
He went through the process to change his last name starting with going to the DMV aaaand Social Security in person.
Afterwards he had to call every company that sends him a bill (electric, cable, etc) AND get all his debit/credit cards changed to the correct name to match his new license.
If you travel during this process (which can take quite a while) you need to have two forms of ID on you in case people don't accept your old or new one.
He also had to carry around a copy of his marriage license in case he needed to use a credit card or access an account that hadn’t been updated!
You have to pay $$$$$$$!!!
$27 fee at the DMV, $16 for a new passport photo, then $110 for the passport. All in all, the new name cost Matthew $153.
Now that the ordeal is over (and his coworkers are sloooowly remembering his new name) he's actually really happy with his decision.
"It’s been stressful and complicated, yes, but I definitely don’t regret the decision to change my name. I do, however, wish I’d been a little more informed before my wedding day, but you know what they say: Hindsight is always 20/20!"