Real Brides Share Nightmare Stories About Changing Their Names

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We know changing your name can be an arduous process. But these three ladies had a particularly difficult time switching names. Here are their stories, and hopefully you can avoid these obstacles!

"I was so excited to type my new, married name into the 'last name' box of our airline reservations that I didn't stop to consider that while my name would have legally changed by the time we took off, my married name wouldn't be on my passport," says one woman. "We were stopped at the check-in counter and told I couldn't board. Luckily — with a lot of back-and-forth! — we were able to convince the representative to reissue a ticket with a my maiden name. But because that's against airline policy, it looked like I wouldn't be able to go on my honeymoon for a while!"

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"It took a total of nine months to change over every card, document, and ID from my maiden name to my married name," describes another. "That's three trips to the social security office, two trips to the DMV, and countless calls and mailings to credit card companies. It was so difficult that it felt as if everyone wants you to keep your name — and by the end of the process, I was ready to!"

"I'm an only child, and both my parents were very upset I chose to take my husband's name," says another woman. "It was very important to me personally to take my husband's name — and to be honest, his is so much easier to pronounce than my maiden name was — but dealing with their disappointment was tough. They still address mail to me under my maiden name."

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