Changing your Name after Marriage


Whether you’re following tradition and taking your partner’s name, or using both of your names, there is a long list of steps you’ll need to follow. You’ll be required to notify financial institutions, insurance companies, several government agencies, etc., of your name change.

Let’s start off with the good news; you don’t need to add the name changing task to your already long “TTD” list prior to the wedding. You can’t actually begin the official name changing steps until you receive your marriage certificate back from the registrar. The only changes you can make in advance are things like ordering new checks or submitting a name change to your magazine subscriptions. The majority of states automatically mail out a copy of the marriage certificate after it’s been processed, which generally takes about a month after the ceremony and the license has been signed. In some states a copy of the license needs to be requested so you’ll need to find out how the process works in your state.

Social Security

Once you have the official marriage certificate in hand you’ll need to record your name change with the Social Security Administration. This part of the process is actually easy and free, and your social security number will remain the same. You can visit the Social Security website and download the form you need to request the change or pick one up from your local SS office. Once you’ve filled out the form you can mail it in along with any other required documents requested in the instructions or drop it off at the Social Security office. The SS administration will return your important documents immediately and in a few weeks you should receive your new Social Security card.

Department of Motor Vehicle

Next, you’ll need to have your driver’s license changed which requires a face to face appearance at the Department of Motor Vehicles. You need to bring your new Social Security card along with your marriage certificate and proof of your new address if you’ve moved. You’ll also need to take in your old driver’s license, which you’re required to give them in exchange for a temporary card until you receive your new driver’s license in the mail.

Miscellaneous Name Change Notifications

There are a long list of other organizations, financial institutions, etc., that you’ll need to notify regarding your name change, including your employer, mortgage company, banks, investment accounts, credit card companies, property leases or titles, utility companies, car registration (s) and insurance companies. You’ll also want to update your passport, notify any medical professionals you work with, special memberships (Alumni Assoc., health clubs, etc.) and voter registration.

Name Change Kit

Investing in a name change kit will definitely simplify the process. Sure, you can save money by working your way through the process yourself but most kits are affordable and well worth the price. Nobody looks forward to spending hours standing in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or trying to get all the pertinent forms together. A good name change kit can transform a process that could take days into something that can be taken care of in an hour or less. You can find New Bride Name Change Kits here.


Best locations for a Beach Wedding in Hawaii

There are many beautiful, tropical beaches on Oahu to choose from, from the South to the North Shore. As a long term Hawaii wedding photographer. I have selected 3 beaches that are ideal wedding locations for both, small and larger ceremonies.

Waimanalo Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Hawaii, and there for our favorite spot.
This gorgeous bay of turquoise ocean and white sandy beach set beneath the Koolau mountain range provides the tropical dream location for your Hawaii wedding photography.
For the best lighting and exceptional photo opportunities we recommend doing your wedding between 10am-2pm

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Mokoliʻi Beach is a cute little place in paradise, off the beaten path. Ideal for a very small “just you and me” type of wedding, crystal clear waters coupled with golden sands and the backdrop of Mokoliʻi island makes this the ideal location for a very intimate beach wedding photos.

ideal lighting for photo-shoots is between 8am-10am & 5pm-7pm

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If you are looking for something more colorful then you cannot go wrong with sunset weddings at Ko-Olina
There is very small cove near Paradise Cove on the west shore of Oahu, Besides the jaw-dropping 12 acres of oceanfront scenery at paradise cove, there is a magnificent little beach called secret beach a perfect setting for a setting sun and wedding photos.

ideal time is 10 minutes before sunset.

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The Answers Behind Some Common Wedding Traditions

bridesouthBy Margaret Gilchrist – Wedding Venues in Charlotte NC

The basis of superstition is a need for control or certainty even if it is a false certainty. Even in situations where one is completely prepared as best as possible, there is still an uncertainty of things occurring beyond one’s control. Traditions based on superstitions provide people with a certain level of comfort knowing that they have done one more thing to ensure the outcome that they are expecting.

Tradition 1: Something old; Something new; Something borrowed; Something Blue; Place a sixpence in her shoe.

Something old reflects the desire of the couple to keep connections with their families after their marriage.

Something new symbolizes the creation of a new union that will endure forever and looking to the future for health, happiness and success.

Something borrowed allows the bride’s family or friends an opportunity to lend something special as a token of their love.

Something blue is a symbol of fidelity and constancy.

A silver sixpence in her shoe will bring her a life filled with good fortune.

Tradition 2: Tossing of the bride’s bouquet and garter started as a distraction for the wedding guests. During Medieval times, it was considered lucky to get a piece of the bride’s dress so after the ceremony; many of the guests would rip pieces of the dress. Presently, the bouquet and garter are tossed to the eligible bachelors and bachelorettes and the ones that catch them are said to get married next (not necessarily to each other!).

Tradition 3: The groom is not to see the bride until after the wedding. This custom came about during the time of arranged marriages. The father of the bride feared that if the groom found the girl unattractive that he may call off the wedding shaming the bride and her family. Presently, many believe that it make the day more exciting and memorable.

Tradition 4: Wearing of the veil started in ancient Rome, where the bride wore a veil down the aisle to protect her from evil spirits and the “evil eye” that would be jealous of her happiness.

Tradition 5: Chiming wedding bells were a tradition of Irish weddings to keep evil spirits away and to ensure a harmonious family life.

Tradition 6: Wedding dresses should be white. Actually, before Queen Victoria in the 19th century donned the first white wedding dress, brides wore their best dress and used an old poem that was passed down through the ages:

Married in white, you will have chosen right

Married in grey, you will go far away

Married in black, you will wish yourself back

Married in red, you will wish yourself dead

Married in blue, you will always be true

Married in pearl, you’ll live in a whirl

Married in green, you’re ashamed to be seen

Married in yellow, you’re ashamed of your fellow

Married in brown, you’ll live out of town

Married in pink, your spirits will sink.

Most modern brides choose white dresses and then select a color scheme based on their favorite colors. The most important thing to remember is that on that day you are front and center, so be sure that whatever your choices are that you feel confident and beautiful…then you will glow regardless!


Jazz up your wedding with live music

about-banner-1Having live music at your wedding can really help to make the day feel extra special and to set the atmosphere for your family and guests.

Many couples opt for a DJ in the evening due to the range of songs that they can cover to please the entire age range of your guests. But there’s a growing trend in having live musicians performing when your guests are arriving at the reception venue after the ceremony.

This is the perfect opportunity for a pianist or small jazz trio to play for a couple of hours to fill the room with soft music whilst your guests are sipping champagne and eating canapés. They won’t be too overpowering and will allow your guests to talk amongst themselves, whilst the band fills any awkward silences.

It is best to pick a background band without a vocalist, as this will help to avoid clashing with your guest’s conversations. It will also assist in keeping the volume low, as the band will not need a PA system and setup time is greatly reduced. Remember that the band is there to provide a low level of music rather than take over the party!

As a good example, we found this Devon Jazz Band in the UK who fit the bill perfectly. They play a variety of jazz from the 1920s to modern day and even mix chart pop songs into their sets – making sure that the younger guests can recognize tunes. The band has performed for celebrity chefs, but the majority of their time is spent playing at weddings throughout the UK.


Exquisite Sweetheart Applique Button Wedding Dress Just for You

A person’s wedding day is a day of joy, it is in fact the happiest day in the lives of many who have experienced it. I’m sure you don’t want to settle for less either, right? The same applies to me. You have had this day pop up in your dreams severally, and now the day is very close by. I know that by now you are definitely on the search for an appropriate wedding dress that will make you feel like a queen that day. I bet you don’t want to waste your money on a very expensive dress but end up hating the dress after. That is why I’m employing you to shop wisely! A lot of things constitute to the happiness an individual feels on his/her wedding day – the attention you receive, the compliments like; ‘Oh I love your wedding dress – who made it for you? Now you feel like blushing right? We are going to talk about the bride now, so the groom I will say; do not get jealous because it is often said: ‘Ladies First!’

Most women spend excessively on themselves and their wedding gowns so that their ceremony will be talk of the town, even after the wedding. But do you know that you don’t have to be overly expensive before you can look, hot, sexy and trendy on your wedding day? That is why I bring to you Here is the solution to your fantasy of having a memorable wedding. Let us help you fulfill your fantasies with our exquisite sweetheart applique button wedding dresses design just for you! Below are some samples.

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Tips for choosing an appropriate wedding dresses as a bride include:

  • You can try different dresses on, because a different style on you might do the magic.
  • Look for dresses that possess the features you’re drawn to, then picture in your mind…what you might really like. That way, your selection will be based on those dresses that meet up with your requirements.

At Store Dress, we have them in different sizes, shapes and colours. To crown it all, they are cheap and affordable. Are you still wasting that time you are supposed to use to plan some other activities related to your wedding on fathoming out what dress perfectly fits your shape and size? Let us save that precious time for you at the online store.


Look Elegant With Fashionable Side Draped Mother of the Bride Dress

Your baby girl’s wedding is approaching rapidly and you are so excited about it. She has already acquired a perfect wedding gown, the groom also has his suit well ironed and hanged for that day. You feel like basking in the euphoria because you daughter’s wedding is approaching, and it’s going to be great!

But hold on, are you not forgetting something? You have talked about the bride and the groom’s clothing. What about you, what are you and the groom’s mother going to wear? Aren’t going to talk about yourself? Accepted, all eyes will be on the lookout for the bride and the groom on that day; but people are going to be on the watch for you and the bride’s mother as well. The more reason why you should get for yourself a fashionable mother of the bride dress. It is very important to look after yourself too. You should pick a an exquisite and perfect dress for your daughter’s wedding

You might be wondering… how am I going to go about this – getting the perfect dress for my girl’s wedding? Don’t you worry about that because we’ve got your back. Let us help out. Some samples are shown below…

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A note of caution though is that whatever dress you choose to wear (in terms of sophistication, simplicity, colour, pattern etc.), it should blend in with what other people who will be attending the wedding will be wearing. It will be embarrassing and a not so good experience for you attire to be a mismatch or for it to look way better than those of the bride. At this point, I suggest you chose a simple design. You can look radiant, sophisticated and gallant, even with a simple dress. My tips for you in selecting a dress include this:

  • Incorporate something you like into your dress; it could be pearls, bead work, lace, anything you like. But always remember not to let your attire outshine that of the bride.
  • Another thing you should take note of is the mother of the groom’s dress. It will look awkward if the two of you did not contact yourselves before getting your dress and end up wearing the same type of dress.

You don’t have to worry about what dress will fit your body shape, just visit us at here to place your orders for Fashionable Side Draped Mother of the Bride Dress. We’ve got it all covered for you.



Finding wedding photographers in San Diego, California

7FBWedding Photography is one of the most important investments you can make in your special day and Blessed Wedding Photography understands this. Just remember the first thing you looked over with your grandparents. Most of us would say it was albums, photos, and memories of our parents and family. This company understands how to be sure to educate you on the best way to preserve and take care of your photos so you can to share them with family for years to come.

Blessed Wedding Photography is a team of talented wedding photographers who produce the finest photos of your big day without compromising on quality. Once you hand over the job to them, you can rest assured that it will be completed with great care and quality. The team at Blessed Wedding Photography have an excellent eye for details, and a great sense of color and light which will result in a gorgeous custom wedding album which you will take pride in adorning your sweet nuptial memories in. These wedding team is eager to make your wedding images and video look the most glamourous and intimate and capture it in a way that will leave an impression on your heart.

1With the understanding that the economy is hard Blessed Wedding Photography has yet again taken another step toward making sure you get the most out of what you need. Custom packages are created just to meet your wedding budget and needs. You can be sure you won’t have to pay for a service you don’t need and that you will get all the services you desire.

Finally San Diego wedding Photographers bring you a team of talented people who not only will photograph your special day but will also bring the hair/makeup artist, videographer, and planning services that you will need. Their amazing hair/Makeup artist will come to you on your wedding day (no more trying to rush to a salon for an appointment) and take care of you and your entire bridal party with care.

So, if you have been looking for a wedding photographer in the Southern California, or San Diego area be sure to stop by blessed wedding photography’s website, I can be sure it will not be a waste of your time.


Save on your wedding & honeymoon accommodations

wedding savingsWhile we would all love to spend lavishly on our wedding, honeymoon or even a weekend getaway, the reality is that most of us have mortgages, saving accounts and a job to worry about. A new startup,, launched its desktop and tablet based webapp that is helping couples find better deals on weekend getaways through its flexible search engine.

Instead of searching for particular dates of the week, TrekMana’s search engine takes in a period defined by you (say the next 3 weeks) and the days of the week you want to find hotels In (e.g the weekend). It then finds the cheapest dates (in this case the weekends) that each hotel lies on. You can also search for the cheapest stay (regardless of days).

With new technology entering the travel industry every day, TrekMana is just one short step to help you guys save money for your romantic getaways. It also features a briefcase technology that lets you save hotels and rooms and let you search them later on. This is great if you have a few hotels in mind that you are really interested in. Instead of going through a whole list, you can simply find what days they’re the cheapest on.

Hopefully this information will be helpful to you and your significant other and will let you enjoy a weekend in a romantic hotel on the beach without selling your house!


Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Guardian Angels

somethingbluehankysetA few years ago when my daughter was getting married, she wanted something special for her something blue. She wanted a guardian angel pin to watch over her so I incorporated the two ideas into a special something blue angel pin for her to wear on her special day. something_blue_angel_pinShe pinned it onto the ribbon of her bouquet. Guardian angel pins can also be pinned on the bride’s gown. Other brides have pinned it to a handkerchief that they carry. We then decided to make a something blue wedding hanky set with a poem. We thought there might be other brides looking for something different than the traditional blue garter to wear on their wedding day. So we created two different sets for brides to choose from. One set comes with a poem card and a something blue angel pin along with a royal blue velveteen gift bag. This is the perfect set to give to a bride who perhaps already has a special handkerchief to carry on her special day. Nestled in the wings of each angel is a heart with three sapphire blue Austrian crystals. The second set I created comes with a beautiful poem card, angel pin, and your choice of handkerchiefs. Either on of these sets make a thoughtful gift for a bride. Visit to see the different design and order yours today



Find The Perfect Antique Diamond Ring For A Special Proposal

Deciding to propose to your partner is a special moment in your life and can require thought and planning in order to create that perfect moment to remember for a lifetime. Many aspects will fall together naturally, however one thing which requires thought and perfection is the ring you choose to pull out at this special moment in your life. Although it is unlikely that the ring will hinder your partners answer, choosing something they will love and cherish for a lifetime should be important to you and shows how much thought has gone into the process. You can’t go wrong with a beautiful diamond ring as it is the most highly prized of all gems, however there are things which must be considered in order to find “the one”.

So why are diamonds such a popular choice for engagement rings? Diamonds are said to symbolise purity, love, commitment and fidelity in relationships through the clarity of the crystal and pure white light of the diamonds. Antique engagement rings have also become increasingly popular over recent years due to their romantic history and beautiful aesthetics, so a combination of the two is an engagement ring to be proud of. It is important to look out for the 4 c’s when looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring – carat weight, clarity, colour and cut. Not only do these affect the price of the ring but also it’s aesthetic, so it is important to have an idea of what you are looking for before you go shopping for the ring. A clear white diamond is what might initially come to mind, however coloured diamonds are also formed naturally and can look just as beautiful.

The style of an antique engagement ring is highly important and it is crucial to have a good idea of what your partner will like. There are many eras of antique engagement rings to choose from and whether your partner likes subtle or statement pieces, the perfect ring is out there for everyone. We found a fantastic rang over at and encourage you to go and take a look at the huge range of different styles on offer, if only to give you an idea as to what’s available. If your partner loves feminine romantic styles then look into buying a victorian piece, however if you are looking for something a bit more unusual then an art deco ring may the one to go for. Choosing the style of the ring is definitely the daunting part and can be a difficult decision to make, especially if your partner isn’t a big jewellery wearer. There are however people you can ask to help you. Help is always welcomed when it comes to choosing an engagement ring, and your partners friends and relatives may have a slightly better idea of what to look for.

Style is by far the most important aspect of the ring as it is something your partner will wear for a lifetime. With the chosen style in mind, other decisions will become easy such as how much you are willing to spend and you can shop around for the perfect ring for that special person in your life. Proposals aren’t as straight forward as they may initially seem unless it is a spontaneous moment without planning, however careful considerations will create a moment of a lifetime you will be proud of. So get searching for the perfect antique diamond engagement ring today and plan the perfect proposal.