How To Change Your Name Now That You’re Married

 

In the State of California, the name change process begins when you get your California marriage license. Thanks to the Name Equality Act of 2007, one or both parties can change their surname by placing their new name on the marriage license. Either party may take the other’s name or the name can be hyphenated or combined to form a new name. If the new name is chosen at the time that California marriage license is issued, there is no charge.

After your wedding, your officiant will return your California marriage license to the office of the County Clerk in the county in which it was issued; this must be done within 10 days of the wedding date. If you paid for a certified copy of your marriage license at the time that it was issued, you will automatically receive that copy within 6 – 8 weeks from the date that the original was received by the County Clerk. If you did not pay for the certified copy up front, you can either return to the County Clerk’s office to request a copy or you may request a copy by mail, but your mailed request will have to be notarized.

Now that you have your certified copy of your California marriage license in hand, what do you do next?

  1. Visit the Social Security Administration Office: The first step is to take your marriage license to the SSA and fill out form SS-5 to change your name. You will be issued a new Social Security card, with the same number, on the spot. If you wish to obtain a new Social Security card via mail, you will have to submit your request along with a certified copy of your marriage license. Do not expect to get this back, so make sure you have another certified copy of your marriage license.
  2. Get a new driver’s license: Now that you have your new Social Security card, take this, your current driver’s license and a certified copy of your marriage license to the Department of Motor Vehicles. They will process your name change request and you will receive a new driver’s license within a few weeks.
  3. Change your name at work: Take your new Social Security card and driver’s license to the HR department at your job. The HR department will complete the process of changing your name on work related records.
  4. Don’t forget to order your new passport: You can visit the U.S. Passport Website and complete Form DS-5504 if your passport is less than one year old or Form DS-82 if your passport is more than one year old.Then submit your printed copy to your local Passport Office in person.
  5. Now take care of everybody else: Now is the time to change your name with your banking institution, your credit card issuers, any other creditors, your medical and insurance providers and any other company that you do business with. Some of these companies may request photocopies of your certified California marriage license while others may not. Contact each company to find out their name change procedures.
  6. Take care of your social media accounts: Most of my brides do this the day after the wedding, but here’s a gentle reminder just in case you forgot.

Black Cakes & White Pantsuits: 5 California Wedding Trends For 2018

Californians have a reputation for being trendsetters and that reputation holds true when it comes to the weddings scene. From bridal pantsuits to matte black cakes, here are five wedding trends that are hot in Cali.

1. October Is The New June: According to wedding planners, October 7th was the most popular wedding date of 2017, followed by the next weekend. October, and fall weddings in general, are especially popular in California. Partially because California couples also favor outside weddings and fall temperatures are generally not to cold and not to hot but just right. However, from personal experience, November in Southern California tends to be prone to light showers. So make sure you have a rainy weather plan B if your wedding is being held outside.

2. Bridal Pantsuits: A rising trend among millennial brides is the bridal pantsuit  Whether you’re looking for a classic woman’s cut suit, a ladies tux, or something ultra girly like this ensemble by Lela Rose there are countless options in style and color for the bride who wants to say “no” to the dress.

3. Best Women & Men of Honor: More couples today are ignoring traditional gender roles when choosing their wedding party. Many brides are enlisting their male besties into the role of Man of Honor and many grooms, like Omar and Brandon below are assigning the role of Best Woman to their gal pals.

4. Neon Wedding Signs: Once only associated with bars and seedy hotels, neon signs are set to be the “it” trend for the 2018 wedding season. Neon wedding signs can be used to display the names of the bride and groom, the new surname or a meaningful phrase. They can also shine a new light on the wedding hashtag. After the wedding these signs can be displayed in the couple’s home.

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5.  Matte Black Wedding  Cakes: The days of the naked cake may be numbered as a bold new trend finds favor with couples for whom pale colors are so last wedding season. That trend is the luster free black fondant that decorates cakes  like this, almost to pretty to eat, black and gold masterpiece  from Rossmoor Pastries in Signal Hill, CA. It’s matte, black and all that.

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