June 6th, 2013
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As brides-to-be or newlyweds, most of us are at that time in our lives when virtually all of our friends (and their friends) are getting engaged. While it is amazing to watch friends meet and marry the loves of their lives, these events happening en mass can be a little overwhelming. Especially if you you begin to factor in each bride having an engagement party, bachelorette party, bridal shower(s) and of course a rehearsal dinner and wedding!
I love to throw a party, probably more than your average newlywed, but as you plan and/or host a multitude of wedding events for friends, you can run out of ideas. No one was to give their friend a boring run of the mill soiree, so what’s a girl to do? Get down on your knees and thank God for the invention of Pinterest!
While skimming through their site today, I ran across the most unique and fun bachelorette party theme I’ve seen in years. This concept appeals to the less girly of your friends who wants “something different” to celebrate her upcoming marriage. Have all the attendees purchase the ugliest bridesmaid dress GoodWill has to offer and then have a paintball fight while wearing them. The photos will be HILARIOUS and AMAZING (see above)!
Regardless of what theme(s) you choose for your friends’ parties, remember to enjoy this phase of your life. There is so much love to celebrate and there will only be a brief respite before….baby showers start happening!
Thanks to BrideTideBlog for pinning the photo that gave me the idea for this post.
June 3rd, 2013
Congratulations to Kristen and her fiance (pictured)!! This adorable couple from Louisiana just won a free honeymoon in Turks and Caicos courtesy of MissNowMrs and WedPics! Nothing like lounging around your luxury TCI condo steps from the amazing Grace Bay beach…for free! Talk about the ultimate surprise wedding gift.
While we’re that sure the rest of our nearlywed and newlywed readers wish that they were heading to the Caribbean in the next few months, they can still benefit from the services of WedPics and MissNowMrs. Wedpics is a free photo app that all of your wedding guests download before your big day. It captures all the photos they take and provides the bride with one location to view/pin/print the ALL of the photos her guests took from every angle and perspective!
Instead of spending 13 hours standing in endless offices lines, MissNowMrs brides can go from Miss to Mrs. in a matter of minutes using our easy online name change service! Three Simple Steps: Questions, Forms File walk you through the completion and filing of all of your state and US government name change forms. Everything from your Social Security card to notifying your utility companies is covered!
Kristen, we sincerely hope this trip is the beginning of an amazing marriage filled with love and a lifetime of happiness! Please take a few photos while you’re in Turks and Caicos so we can share them on the MissNowMrs Facebook page!
May 28th, 2013
Married name change has always been big news to MissNowMrs.com (for obvious reasons), but suddenly the whole worlds seems to be interested in this topic. From the Facebook survey indicating 65% of women change their names to Hollywood starlets contemplating taking their husbands’ last names, there is more and more buzz around name change.
Talking to feminists about name change after marriage can causing some serious soap box sessions about equality and spousal ownership. Personally, I am all for woman power and independence, but I don’t think changing your name indicates that you are subordinate to your spouse. I believe that the up-swing in married name change indicates that more and more women feel completely equal in their marriage and don’t need to keep their names to keep their identity.
Married name change isn’t for everyone, so if you don’t want to change your name…don’t! If you are curious about the idea of changing your name, there are many options available to brides these days. You can take your spouse’s last name, take your last name and his/her last name without a hypen, take your last name and his/her last name with a hyphen, or take your maiden name as a new or second middle name.*
My most important suggestion is to talk to your spouse about your name change decision. They may feel very strongly about you taking their name in some form, or they could be open to taking your last name! Whatever married name change decision you come to, make it together. A happy marriage is built on communication and compromise!
*Please note that brides living in PA, WA, NJ, and OH do not have the option to take their maiden names as middle names based on state legislature. NY brides must file their forms in a specific order to take a maiden name as a middle name and CA brides must list their maiden name as a middle name on their marriage license to be able to change their names in that manner.
May 1st, 2013
Danielle Tate, MissNowMrs Founder
Exciting news! MissNowMrs.com gift cards are now available for sale at all David’s Bridal 300+ stores! That means that brides and newlyweds nationwide can purchase married name change gift cards for themselves or for bridal shower/wedding gifts in stores or online.
As an entrepreneur it is very gratifying to see a company life-long goal come to fruition. I remember founding MissNowMrs and hoping to someday make large wedding industry partnerships that would put my service in front of millions of brides. MissNowMrs is the very first company to EVER sell a gift card in a David’s Bridal store, and we are very proud of the achievement!
Curious what the gift card is good for? MissNowMrs gift cards give the recipient a free name change account. This account auto-completes all of the necessary name change forms in the U.S., such as the Social Security form, IRS 8822, U.S. Passport form, State Driver’s License form, Vehicle Registration Form, Voter Registration form as well as custom notification letters for all banks, credit cards, insurances, utilities, professional licenses, etc. Sum total, that $29.95 gift saves each bride over 13 hours of name change hassle!
April 16th, 2013
You’re a newlywed and recently came back from your honeymoon, how could you possibly need a getaway? Most newlyweds that I know are using all their energy to balance careers, friends, family and the new dynamic of being a married couple…it’s a fun but exhausting transition! MissNowMrs and WedPics have teamed up to give one lucky couple a DREAM TRIP to Turks and Caicos!
Imagine 7 days of luxury accommodations in Turks and Caicos, $1200 towards airfare, a free rental car and more! If you and your spouse could use a getaway, it’s very easy to enter. Simply click here to view the contest rules and then Like MissNowMrs and WedPics for 2 chances to win. If you’re feeling generous, tell your other newlywed friends about the contest so they have the opportunity to kick back in the Carribean! The winner will be picked June 1st.
Curious about Turks and Caicos? This amazing island was rencently names one of the world’s best beaches by TripAdvisor. The sand is sugar white, the water is crystal blue and the temperature is always 82 degrees. Add in amazing activities (like scuba diving, kite boarding, etc) and over 100 restaurants, you have found the ultimate vacation destination! Want to learn more? Check out this cool blog about the best beaches and restaurants on the island.
March 22nd, 2013
Easter and Passover are coming soon, making it the perfect time to host a brunch for your families or friends. As newlyweds, you probably now have enough plates to serve a medium to large group and plenty of kitchen gadgets to try out! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite brunch recipes to make the planning process easier.
If you’re hosting a combined family meal, consider dietary restrictions. Is anyone allergic to nuts or keeping kosher for the holiday? If you’re hosting friends, you’ll need to juggle everyone else’s family obligations and meal times.
Once those details are understood you can start planning your menu. I am a huge fan of frittatas to feed a group. They’re fun, fancy and not very hard to make. Here are a few links to my top 3 frittata recipes: Baked Potato Frittata, Leek Potato & Gruyere Frittata, and a Spring Pea Frittata.
Not feeling the frittata? My other suggestion would be an Egg and Wild Mushroom Tart or a Strata. The advantage of these is that you can prep most of their components the night before.
Once you select a main recipe, you will need fruit (I suggest raspberries and black berries in a bowl) and a bread of some sort to round out your menu. Muffins, a coffee cake or croissants are great choices. Add a pitcher of juice and or mimosas and you’re brunch is ready for rave reviews from family and friends!
Are you hosting a holiday brunch for the first time as a newlywed? What’s on your mind and menu?
March 18th, 2013
Stuck in a bit of a winter exercise rut? We’ve got a great new product to give you a fun, fresh start to spring fitness: KlutchClub. It’s like Birchbox but filled with fitness and health goodies instead of beauty samples.
My KlutchClub box (which is the size of a shoebox) arrived jam packed with samples. Earbuds shaped to fit women’s smaller ears, Omega 3 squeezes, coupons for free fitness video downloads, dream water, a mud mask, superfood water mixes and several varieties of power bars. I was like a little kid at fitness Christmas! My favorite item was the good greens power bites. These chocolate chunks contain 3 servings of fruits/veggies as well as 30 vitamins and minerals. Best of all, they’re 50 calories and don’t taste like dog food!
At $10 a box plus shipping, KlutchClub boxes make great gifts. If you’re married to a fitness freak you could order a box (they have ones for women or men) and use it to create a healthy Easter basket for them!
p.s. MissNowMrs readers get a discount on Best Of Boxes (containing the best goodies). Use coupon code NOWMRS to save $5!
March 14th, 2013
Photo Source: BANG Showbiz
Think you’re having trouble deciding whether you should change your name after marriage? Imagine being famous, like Jennifer Aniston famous, and deciding whether you should take his name, keep your name or hyphenate. Based on an article I just read, it seems that America’s sweetheart is considering becoming Mrs. Theroux.
Jennifer’s reasoning is that taking a new married last name will give her a fresh start. She has the challenge of figuring out if a married name will dim her stardom and recognition. Personally, I don’t think anyone will have any trouble recognizing Jennifer.
Brides-to-be who aren’t famous still have to decide if a new name will affect their careers in a positive or negative way. Many are taking two last names or keeping their maiden names as middle names to maintain recognition. Still other newlyweds are happy to have a new name on their business cards and new initials on their monogrammed bags!
What aspects of career and personal life weighed into your decision to change your name after marriage or not?
p.s. Jen if you read this, MissNowMrs would love to help you change your name!
March 12th, 2013
It’s that time of year again…time to sort through the folders of paperwork you’ve saved and file your taxes. As you prepare to file 2012 taxes jointly or separately as a newlywed couple, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Name Change: If you or your spouse changed your name after your wedding, be sure to alert the Social Security office by filing the SS-5 form. When the Social Security Administration issues your new social security card in your new name, they typically alert the IRS. Here’s another article on the topic of name change and taxes as newlyweds.
Worried that your name change might slip through the cracks? File the IRS 8822 (it’s free) and you can rest assured that you’ve completely covered your name-change with the IRS. The IRS 8822 form alerts the IRS of your new name, preventing them from holding your tax returns should they be confused about your identity (yes that really happens).
Mine, Yours, Ours: As a single woman, I loved to get my tax return and put a portion in savings and then use the rest to splurge on something great! Be it a purse, furniture or a trip, my tax return sprees took some of the sting out of what I handed over to Uncle Sam. When I got married, I suddenly had someone else’s return money and ideas to deal with.
Now that you’re married, I suggest having a discussion with your spouse about what to do with your returns. If you filed together, will you both determine what to do with the lump sum? Will you split it evenly? Will you split it based on who made what in 2012? Tricky questions to answer, but much better to hash expectations and ideas out now then fight about them when the check comes in the mail.
How do you handle taxes and returns in your marriage? Have you ever had an arguement about it? Have you come up with a great solution?