September 18th, 2013
Holy cute wedding idea! How fun would it be to show the entire church your new married name (if you’re kneeling during the service consider the orientation of the words) or add this shot to your wedding album?! I think the key to keeping this concept classy is the calligraphy. Just writing your name and wedding date in sharpie on a pair of designer heels is sort of tacky…but if you (or your invitation calligrapher) have lovely script abilities this idea is a great way to celebrate becoming a Mrs.!
Your wedding day does establish you and your spouse as a family, and 88.6% of the time it leads to a new last name. If you are considering changing your maiden name to your married name, check out the MissNowMrs.com easy online name change service!
Image courtesy of MemorisinaSnapPhoto on Etsy
September 16th, 2013
I love an unconventional twist on an old wedding tradition! Whatever it may be, doing something that makes your wedding more about you or your family will result in guests talking about your event for years to come.
The tradition of flower girls dates back to the Roman Empire. Flower girls of that time were virgins who carried a sheave of wheat that was supposed to bring prosperity to the bride and groom. Flower girls of today are more likely to be small children tossing petals as they walk down the aisle, but what if neither side of the family has adorable little girls to be part of your big day?
Bring on the flower grandmas!!These ladies look like they are having a great time, and I bet that every single person at that wedding smiled when they walked out. I also appreciate the bride who thought to honor older women in the family. We can all guess who’s being willed the family jewels!
Did you do something unconventional at your wedding? Please share in a comment!
photo from renoldstreasures.com
September 9th, 2013
Married name change is a tough decision for any bride, but it can be even harder for ladies trying to keep their SEO ranking. If coming up under your maiden name via internet searches is important to your career (as a writer, doctor, lawyer, blogger, etc.), you may not want to change your name. That being said, Mashable just published an article showing that certain forms of married name change can help your SEO rankings!
According to this Mashable article, taking two last names or hyphenating your maiden name with your spouse’s last name can result in higher SEO results. The author, Samantha added her married name to her maiden name and then waited to see what Google would do with her new moniker. The result? She was easily found under her maiden name and also came up under searches for her married name. As far as SEO goes, the more ways you show up under searches the better!
Hopefully this info helps with your married name change decisions! For more information and help with your married name change check out MissNowMrs.com, the premier online name change service for brides!
September 3rd, 2013
I recently saw this photo on Pinterest, and thought it was first of all a great wedding photo idea and also a great topic to write about. The people you choose to stand up in your wedding party are supposed to be the most important people in your life that you picture supporting your marriage through all of its ups and downs. This pin made we wonder about the meaning of who your bridesmaids are/were and where/when did you meet them in life?
My bridesmaids included my hometown best friend (we met in Girl Scouts), college & post college roommate and fellow bio major (she was one of the first people I met on campus), my first post college co-worker (who introduced me to my husband and later married my cousin) and my husband’s best girl friend (who helped salvage him after a terrible long term relationship). All of these women have had profound impacts on me and have stood by me through many phases of my life.
Curiously absent from the bridal posse? My sorority sisters. I loved those crazy ladies but while I could picture them holding a beer bong or my hair back, I couldn’t see them supporting my new marriage. Years later, I realize that they would and do, but at the time it was impossible to tell. Do I regret not having one or two of them in my wedding? Yes, but I don’t regret making bridesmaid decisions based on who I though would see me through newlywed and married life.
In the day and age where women factor in who will look best in their wedding photos and ask bridesmaids sign contracts about their weight and hair length, I would like to remind brides of the importance of who they surround themselves with on their big day and beyond.
August 23rd, 2013
Attention Pennsylvania brides and newlyweds: you now have the right to change your maiden name to your middle name, after marriage! After several years of saying “no”, the PA DMV has recently updated their position on maiden to middle name change. As long as you file certain forms ahead of your state driver’s license and bring specific forms of ID showing your maiden name as your middle name, you can now take your maiden name on your PA driver’s license without going through the legal name change process. Whoohoo!
The PA DMV will allow maiden to middle name change after marriage, IF you can show a SS card with your maiden name as a middle name and 2 of the following forms of ID with that same name: voter registration, passport, tax records or any form or government issued photo IDs. So as long as you file for your new SS card and your other forms of ID and wait to receive them before you file for your PA driver’s license, you’ll have no issues changing your middle name in Pennsylvania!
We’d love to hear from PA brides who have successfully taken their maiden names as their middle names. Please leave a comment!
August 12th, 2013
Shot Glass Ring
Bachelorette parties…the words bring to mind fun, friend-filled events that celebrate a bride’s last hurrah! Depending on the bride, the party can range from an intimate spa day to a full blown Vegas frenzy. As newlyweds, we all know that the planning and props make or break a bachelorette party and finding tasteful, high quality items is hard to do.
Enter The House of Bachelorette, this website is the brain child of Steph Storms. A former purchaser for Sears and White House Black Market, Steph was really frustrated by the skeevy websites and poor quality items she found when planning a friends bachelorette party. Her solution: create a fun female friendly website full of high quality items for bachelorette parties of all variations. They have everything from custom rhinestone sashes to wedding ring shot glasses (my personal favorite)! So, the next time you’re planning a bachelorette party for a friend you now know the ultimate place to shop!
July 17th, 2013
Photo: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
The internet is a buzz with the news of Fergie changing her name. Lots of women change their last names to their spouse’s, but Fergie is famous and is changing her first name as well as her last name. The starlet will go from Stacy Ann Ferguson to Fergie Duhamel.
Our support team handles numerous questions from brides inquiring if they can change their first name while changing their last name after marriage, so here’s the scoop: MissNowMrs would love to assist you with your name change, but can only help you with a middle* or last name change via the married name change process. To change your first name, you will need to petition the U.S. court system for a legal name change order.
Many brides don’t want to deal with the hassle of legal name change, which includes being fingerprinted and posting ads in newspapers announcing your intended name change. Others really hate their first names (seriously who names a child Agnes or Mildred?) or have been using a different name for the majority of their life. If you fall into the latter category, like Fergie, we suggest checking out our legal name change partner Legal Zoom to make the process easier.
*Please note that brides in CA, PA, WA, NJ and OH do not have the option to take their maiden name as a middle name per state law.
July 13th, 2013
Getting married is an amazing event that changes your life and many times your last name. I saw this Mrs. necklace on Pinterest and couldn’t help but share it on the newlywed blog! Could there be a more adorable gift for a bridal shower or anniversary gift?
Leave it to Kate Spade to come up with a classy and stylish way to commemorate making the transition from Miss to Mrs…I only wish the necklace came in rose gold!
Is this bauble something you wish your spouse had surprised you with or something you may “gift yourself” after you legally change your last name? Perhaps you could mention that a particular jewelry purchase would incent you to take the plunge into name change…hint…hint!
If you are planning to change your name, let MissNowMrs save you countless hours of stress and hassle. We’ll help you go from Miss to Mrs. in a matter of minutes!
July 9th, 2013
As your wedding day approaches, gifts from family and friends begin pouring in…hooray! You’ll also start receiving checks. Monetary gifts are wonderful, as they allow you to purchase exactly what you want/need for married life, but they can occasionally cause trouble at the bank.
Well-meaning relatives LOVE to write checks to Mr. and Mrs. Jones. Which is great, if you’re planning to change your name to Jones, but what if you’re hyphenating or not changing your name after marriage, or if your spouse is taking your name?
Name change does make cashing wedding checks tricky, but if you both set up a joint bank account before your wedding, most banks will allow you to sign the checks and deposit them regardless of what versions of your names appear on the check. If a check is made out to both you and your spouse, make sure that you both sign the back of it.
If you run into a clerk that is a stickler for the rules, you can wait to deposit the check until you can present a certified copy of your marriage certificate. The other solution? Use the ATM machine to deposit your checks. I deposited wedding checks written to my maiden, married and misspelled last names with zero issues!
Newlywed Check Deposit Tips:
1. Create a joint bank account BEFORE your wedding
2. If a check is made out to both of you, make sure that you both sign it before depositing
3. You can use your certified marriage certificate to deposit checks made out to your married name
4. When all else fails…use the ATM machine for your wacky check deposits!