Q: I hate my name, Gwendolyn. Can our minister use my nickname, "Lynnie," during the vows?

A: Absolutely—during one of life's most profound moments, there's no need to have to respond to a name that grates on your ears. The official marriage license, like all your legal documents, will read "Gwendolyn"; put it in a safe place where you won't have to see it for a few decades.

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