February 27th, 2014
We’re still in the dregs of Winter….but Spring is around the corner, and with that…the beginning of Wedding Season! As millions of U.S. brides begin the count down to “I do” , they also begin the countdown to becoming a Mrs. Of the 2.3 million ladies who get married in 2014, 88.6% of them will opt to change their names in some way.
Curious about married name change? First suggested stop: the Married Name Game. This interactive 8 question quiz using a patent-pending algorithm to help brides find their ideal married name change option based on their personal style, situation and state of residence. After playing the game, it’s a great idea to talk to your soon to be spouse about their thoughts on your name change (you may be surprised).
Here’s a Brief List of Married Name Change Options:
1. Hyphenate Both Last Names
2. Take 2 Last Names Sans Hyphen
3. Take Your Maiden Name as a Middle Name
4. Take Your Spouse’s Last Name
5. Blend Your Last Names Into Something New* (ex: Ms. Gold + Mr. Smith = Mr. & Mrs. Goldsmith)
6. Have Your Spouse Take Your Last Name**
*Blending last names is a rather cool and new name change option. Please note that only California residents that write their blended last names on their marriage license can use the married name change process to achieve their desired name. Newlyweds in the 49 other states will need to petition the court system for a legal name change order to blend their last names.
**If you live in CA, GA, HI, IA, IL, LA, MA, NY or ND your husband can used the married name change process to change his name (as these states recognize a man’s right to change his name based on marriage). If you do not live in one of the listed states, your husband will need to petition the US court system for a legal name change order.
So now that you know your options…what are you choosing for your married name? We’d love to hear in a comment!
February 14th, 2014
Your first newlywed Valentine’s day….how exciting! Depending on your relationship style and how recently you tied the knot you could be looking forward to an over the top evening or something simple but special. Below are a few ideas for cherishing the day without breaking the bank!
Make a Valentine - Break out the paper and glue and craft the perfect Valentine for your spouse. They’ll be touched that you took the time to make something for them and you get to say exactly why you love them instead of scanning Hallmark for something that gets close to what you wanted to say.
Double Bubble – Pour a bath for both of you and maybe even two glasses of champagne. There’s something sumptuous and sexy about sharing a tub of bubbles as newlyweds.
Make His Favorite Meal – Cliche but cliche for a reason. The way to many a man’s heart is through his stomach. Bonus points for wearing something sexy under your apron!
New Name Surprise – If you’re planning on changing your name, you still have time to head to your local DMV and drop your new license with your new married name in his Valentine. Be sure to snap a photo of his face as he figures it out!
How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? We’d love to hear from you in a comment.
February 7th, 2014
Are you recently engaged and looking for your wedding dress? There are so many dresses to choose from, at so many different stores and at so many different prices! Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s a tip: check out PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com to find your dream dress at an amazing price. This site has over 20,000 new, sample sale and used designer wedding dresses for sale. Their site is gorgeous and allows you to search by designer, size, price point. location, and silhouette! You can also browse for bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses and accessories.
Newlywed and wondering what to do with your gown? You can preserve it for posterity (mine’s currently in a lovely museum quality box in my closet) or pass your dress along to another bride. Over 60% of brides say they will consider re-selling their wedding dresses after saying “I do”. Interested in making a little cash back post-wedding? You can list your dress for a one-time fee of $25, and it will remain posted on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com until it sells. There are no other fees or commissions to pay!
I’m curious…are any of you readers planning to sell your dress or considering purchasing a used gown? Let me know in a comment.
January 29th, 2014
The transition from single to engaged happens when a ring is put on your finger, and the transition from engaged to newlywed happens with the words “I do”…but the transition to wife or “wifey” can take some time to fully register. Who are you now? You’re the essentially the same person, but you may have a new name or address, or both! You have definitely chosen to tie yourself and your soul to another being, which is a big deal.
I remember getting ready for a large event right after returning from my honeymoon and wondering “What would a wife wear?”. It sounds silly, but becoming a wife changes your perspective. You now have someone else to consider as your actions reflect upon them too. I may not have the whole wife thing completely down, but I do know what sort of wife I want to be.
My goal is to be a wife that is loving, honest, compassionate and fair. Those may not be your “wifey goals”, but sorting out exactly the kind of wife you want to be will make becoming that person easier. You might also want to share your goals with your spouse and see what they think. They may surprise you with their answers.
What was your biggest challenge in becoming a wife? We’d love to hear from you in a comment!
January 17th, 2014
Engagement season is in full swing and you newlyweds know what that means…..bridal showers! Big, small, fancy, casual, almost anything goes for showers these days, which can be fun or overwhelming. How does one throw a unique shower that the bride will love?
I ran across the Panty Game on Pinterest and thought it was a cute idea. Every guest wraps a pair of panties that reflects their personal style and as the bride opens them she has to guess who they’re from. It’s an amusing game and the bride ends up with fun undies for newlywed life. The best part will be seeing what the grandmas purchase (you’d be surprised)!
If your newly engaged friend’s family is a bit too straight laced for the game you can use it at her bachelorette party. Truth be told, my bachelorette party had a lingerie theme and I made my husband guess which ensemble was from which friend on our honeymoon(it was fun and naughty).
Did you play the panty game at your shower or are you planning to play it at friend’s this year? You could also use the Panty Game for your next birthday to keep newlywed life hot.
January 13th, 2014
Did you make a resolution to be healthier in 2014? As newlyweds it is easy to “get comfortable” and let gym memberships and healthy habits slip. Juggling a new marriage, in-laws, careers and friends can be hectic and leave you with less time for yourself. Less personal time doesn’t have to mean more pounds though.
Megaformer Pilates condenses cardio, strength training and intense ab work into a concise 50 minute class. Sound too good to be true? Stars like Sofia Vergara swear by Megaformer workouts. If you live in LA, New York, D.C. or Bethesda, MD you’re in luck…Megaformer studios like Sculpt Studio are waiting to help you sculpt a longer leaner self this year!
If you don’t live in a location with Megaformers, Pilates reformer workouts are the next best thing. I have to admit that I have spent 5+ years taking reformer classes twice a week and weigh the same as when I got married (after being pregnant to boot)! Now that Sculpt Studio is opening I am delighted to take on an even more intense workout in the same amount of time.
What is your favorite form of exercise? Let our readers know what keeps you fit as a newlywed in a comment!
January 7th, 2014
Engaged or Newlywed? You probably think you know just about everything about your partner…well guess again. Relationship Expert and writer for Cosmopolitan.com & People Magazine (to name a few), Natasha Burton just published 101 Quizzes for Couples!
This book has over one hundred unexpected quizzes to help you uncover fascinating facts about your partner and learn more about your relationship. Who doesn’t love to take a quiz and get the scoop on things like hidden talents, childhood crushes and the worst lie they ever told?!
Tell us a fun fact about your partner/spouse in a comment below to be entered to win a free copy of 101 Quizzes for Couples. We’ll announce our randomly selected winner on the blog and Facebook next Tuesday!
December 26th, 2013
It’s here…engagement season…which will be followed swiftly by wedding season! Did you just get engaged or know some lucky girl who’s about to have the question popped? If so, it’s time to celebrate. Break out the champagne and wedding magazines ladies!
As a newlywed, you are an invaluable source to your engaged friends. You’ve planned your Big Day, dealt with budgets and wedding vendors and said “I do” to happily ever after. Be sure to pass on your knowledge and save your friends from preventable hassles. Tell her about the best and worst parts of your planning process. Help guide her down the aisle and of course give her the scoop on name change.
If she’s considering changing her name after marriage, send her the Married Name Game as a fun way to find out her options. Then as her wedding draws near you can gift her a MissNowMrs gift card to save her 13 hours of hassle on her transition from Miss to Mrs. If you’re not her matron of honor…you should be!
December 21st, 2013
Whether you’re planning your wedding or celebrating your first Christmas as newlyweds the holidays hold a host of parties, activities, family gatherings and maybe a few stressful questions. What are you buying your spouse? Are you now in charge of his/her family Christmas gifts? Where are you spending the holiday this year? Who’s traditions will be honored? What is your holiday budget?
In the midst of the shopping, baking, wrapping and traveling, I have one piece of advice for you. Plan time for just the two of you to make a memory. If you don’t plan to do this now, the holidays will have already whirled past before you have a chance to connect.
Short on ideas? You could go ice skating, make out under the mistletoe, take a walk through holiday lights, make an ornament to remember your first Christmas or have breakfast in bed together as you exchange gifts. Whatever you choose, you’ll be able to look back over the years and remember “your holiday moment” during the holiday rush of 2013.
We’d love to hear about your holiday moments in our comments section!
December 4th, 2013
Certain aspects of wedding planning are fun, like dress shopping and cake tastings. Other aspects of wedding planning can be a total headache, especially getting your guests to RSVP. It doesn’t make sense…you’re inviting friends and family to an amazing event (your wedding) but they can’t complete and mail back the RSVP card?! Personally, I had one guest invite a date (he was not a plus 1) and then not attend our wedding…leaving 2 empty chairs at our 80 person event. That fact still burns me!
Instead of stressing, hounding, calling & emailing to figure out how many guests will be at your wedding you can use RSVPify. This nifty new service allows you to solicit guest RSVPs online via your current wedding website or a custom one you make with RSVPify. Aside from simplifying and streamlining the RSVP process, you can also use their drag and drop seating chart to organize your wedding tables (2 birds, one stone)! I also like their real-time guest number widget that lets you know your exact number of accepts and declines at any given moment. One more important fact about RSVPify…it’s FREE!
Have you used RSVPify or had any guest RSVP incident(s) that made you wish you had? Share your experience in a comment below!