Changing your name after your wedding can feel like a big step, but the process is actually pretty simple. There are lots of different options to choose from like having a double-barrelled name or choosing not to take your partner’s name at all.
Whatever choice you make, we’re here to walk you through the options and explain how to legally change your name if you want to. The only really time-consuming part is notifying the right people after your wedding! So, to help you make sure you don’t miss anyone out, we’ve put together a checklist of everyone you need to notify.
Already know what your name is going to be? Then skip straight ahead to our handy checklist of everyone you need to tell.
What are the options when changing your name?
It’s totally up to you what you want your name to be. We’ve listed all the main options that people commonly choose from, but you could change your name to anything you like!
If you take your partner’s name or keep your own it’s a super simple process, for anything else you will need to change your name by deed poll. Deed poll is an extra step but don’t worry it’s not difficult to do. If you’re a same-sex couple, you can choose which name to take or if you want to double-barrel etc.
Read through this list and then have a calm and considered chat to your partner before making a decision on your future name.
- Take his name – the traditional option.
- Keep your last name – you can still be a Mrs without changing your last name if you don’t want to.
- Double-barrel – this is a great option as a compromise, keep your name and also take your partner’s (usually the man’s goes last but it’s totally up to you).
- Use your maiden name as a middle name – another way of keeping your maiden name whilst also taking on your partner’s.
- Merging your names – a modern approach is to mix your names together to make a totally new name for both of you
- Keep your name at work – if your name is important professionally then you can choose to change your name but keep your maiden name at work, as long as your employer is happy with this.
- Take her name – it’s 2019 your man can take your name and change his by deed poll. You can then still be a Mrs.
How to change your name after you get married
Once you’ve decided on your new name it’s time to think about the official part of changing it. If you decide to take your husband’s name then you don’t need to do anything other than sending a copy of your marriage certificate to all the relevant parties listed in the next section.
For any other name change, you will need to change it by deed poll. Of course, if you keep your maiden name then you don’t have to do anything at all!
If you want to start using your new name straight away you can change your name on your passport up to three months before your wedding. Your passport will be dated from your wedding day so you won’t be able to use it before then.
Once you’ve applied for the new passport you and your registrar/minister will need to sign a form on the day. If you’re organised enough to go for this option you can apply online here.
The name change checklist – who you need to notify
There’s a fair few different people and organisations you need to make aware of your new name. It’s often as simple as an email but it’s important not to miss anyone out. Go through this list and tick everyone off once you’ve notified them.
- The passport office
- Your bank (don’t forget any other credit card companies you use)
- Any loan or mortgage provider (including student loans)
- Any insurance companies (travel, home etc.)
- The DVLA
- Your breakdown cover provider
- Your pension providers
- The local council (for tax and being registered to vote)
- Your utility providers (gas, water etc.)
- HM Revenue and Customs
- Your work
- Child benefit
- If you’re studying then your school
- Your child’s school
- Your gym
- Any online accounts like your social media or online shopping accounts
- Phone and broadband contracts
- Land Registry
- Your doctors
- Your vet
- Your dentist
- Any monthly subscriptions like magazines or video streaming sites.
That’s it! You should now have a good idea of your options when it comes to changing your name after you get married, plus how to go about doing it! Let us know in the comments below if you went for a more unusual route with your married name and if you found our checklist helpful.