The Wedding Expert on Changing Your Name

Written by    Last updated: July 20, 2016

It can be confusing booking your honeymoon when you know you’re going to be changing your name after marriage. As Confetti’s wedding expert I have answered thousands of your letters over the years, and now I’m sharing my advice to help others with the same dilemmas.

Q:  Which name do I book my honeymoon in?

I want to change my name once I am married but I am totally confused about how to go about it and whether I need to book my honeymoon in my new name and get my passport changed in a hurry, or to book it in my maiden name?

A: Here’s what you need to know about changing your name:

This is a very common query. The simple answer used to be that you should book your honeymoon in your maiden name and then go about changing your name officially with the passport office, DVLA and banks etc. when you come back.
However, modern times being what they are, you can now get a post-dated passport in your new name up to 3 months before you marry and your old passport will be cancelled. As the new passport will be post-dated you won’t be able to use it until after you marry and it’s worth noting that some countries won’t issue visas for post-dated passports. Find out more at Gov.uk.
If you want to wait until after your wedding then you will need your marriage certificate to change your name on your passport, and during peak season, this can take some time so it’s a lot easier to wait.
Once you sign the marriage register you automatically become Mrs (your new surname) but you are still legally allowed to use your maiden name, which is why some women keep their maiden name and use their married name sometimes and their maiden name at work.
Here’s a handy name change checklist for when you’re ready:
  • Passport
  • Driving license 
  • Bank accounts
  • Credit, debit and store cards
  • HMRC 
  • Your employer
  • Car registration
  • Electoral roll
  • Local council
  • Utilities (gas, electricity, water)
  • Communications (home phone, mobile, internet, pay TV)
  • Mortgage
  • Insurance (home, contents, auto, health, life)
  • Health (doctor, dentist, specialists)
  • Will
  • You might also want to update your online name settings etc.

You can read more advice and inspiration in the Wedding Blog in Ideas.

This article was written by

Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.

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