Changing your name is the simple part. Here's what happens after all the paperwork has been filed away.
There are some truths you just don't find out until you've done it—a legal-name change that is. Here's what I learned along the way.
1. You may be flipping through your wedding album before you have a new passport.
Changing your name is a marathon, not a sprint. Some things will be as easy as walking into your bank's local branch while others will require the patience of a patron saint. It's best to be over-prepared—keep a file of important documents at the ready and tote it along on each name-changing adventure .
2. Your marriage certificate will get more views than a viral video.
5. You may almost miss your doctor's appointment.
It will take some time before you get used to hearing your new last name. You may sit in your doctor's office waiting room and listen to a nurse call it several times before finally jumping out of your seat. People will look at you like you've had a lobotomy. Don't worry—you'll adjust before your next checkup.
6. You'll need to upgrade your tote bag.
This is one of the "perks" of all the paper pushing—you'll have a new monogram! This means out with the old and in with the new tote bags, jewelry, stationery, luggage tags, towels—you get the idea. Word to the wise: Before you start stamping your initials on everything, make sure they work together. If your new letters leave you with an odd combination, opt for a two-letter monogram or use your new last initial on its own.
7. You may lose your frequent-flyer miles.
Okay, not really. But I left more miles than I'd care to admit on the table. There are so many things you absolutely must change, from bank accounts to government issued IDs, that when you get to the "other" stuff, you're exhausted. Depending on the airline, you may have to place a phone call or send them copies of every piece of said government-issued identification (oh, and your marriage certificate) in order to have those miles converted to the new you. Tired yet?