How to change your name after marriage

change name after marriage

Keen to escape a lifetime of having my previous surname misspelled, I took the traditional route and took my husband’s surname. Which, of course, meant that I then had to go and update all my official documents.

I was surprised at how difficult it was at times to find the information I needed to update various documents. For example, my passport – there was no clear information available about how to actually change my name (where to go, what form to fill out, etc). So I thought I’d write about how I did it.

Keep in mind I live in New South Wales, Australia, and I changed my name in early 2015. Some of this information may not apply to your state (or country), or there may be a brand new process involved. But here’s what worked for me. Continue reading

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Wedding stress

wedding stress girlUp until about three months ago, we weren’t feeling stressed about the wedding at all. Things were going smoothly, we were a picture of organisation (spreadsheets, lists, and spreadsheets of all our lists…), and it just wasn’t a big deal.

But then, as it started getting closer to the actual day – we became stressed. And now, with less than two weeks to go, I’m practically a walking meltdown in progress.

See, it doesn’t matter how organised you are. In fact, being more organised can make things worse, because you’re acutely aware at all times of the sheer volume of things that you need to to. All the little details that need to be arranged, purchased, decorated, sorted, transported; the people who need to be contacted and asked to help out; the contact numbers and exact times to put in the run sheet for the photographers. Continue reading

Why I’m getting married

vintage peacock wedding

To a lot of people, it probably seems very strange that my fiance and I have decided to marry each other. We had our first date in the middle of August 2013 and will be heading down the aisle in December 2014. We’re both young (I’m 24, he’s 23). We don’t even live together, and each of us has only been in one brief prior relationship with someone else. Crazy, right? Like we barely know each other! We’re so young and haven’t even played the field!

And yet here we are, making a lifelong commitment to each other and actually, genuinely intending to honour that commitment by staying together for the long haul. Even if we “fall out of love” with each other. Even if things “aren’t working out”.

In a world where there are so many different views on relationships and marriage, I just thought I’d offer up my own thoughts on why I’m getting married. Continue reading