changing your name after marriage

Keep Both Names After Marriage I have decided to hyphenate my name for professional purposes, but take his name for personal purposes. How would I change that legally? Would I write the hyphenated name on the wedding license? Or just his last name? I’m confused and don’t want to do it wrong! Wedding Expert More …

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After all the planning, finally you have proposed, and your other half said “yes”. The hard part is mostly definitely over…or so you thought. Now comes the wedding preparation; an array of flowers, canapés and outfits to try and discard before finding the perfect combination for the biggest day of your lives. Yes, you may …

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A marriage license is the legal document issued by your county clerk’s office that will be filed by your minister or officiant after your wedding ceremony to ensure that you are legally married.  After it is filed, a certified marriage certificate will be issued by the clerks office and mailed to you.  That document is …

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Do I Need Wedding Favors? Is it absolutely necessary to do wedding favors? The last two weddings I went to there weren’t any favors and it didn’t really phase me. I’m on a budget and nothing I can afford seems that ‘worth’ it to me. Everything that is in my budget just seems like garbage …

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What is the proper amount when giving money as a wedding gift? Donna, Wedding Queen, President; Top Wedding Sites, Inc®, a wedding planning guide, and Recent Mother of the Groom There is no magic equation for giving a cash gift for a wedding. Forget what you’ve heard about covering the cost of your dinner (I …

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Is The Groom’s Family Obligated To Contribute To Wedding Expenses? My son is to be married in two weeks. Our relationship has been a bit strained since we had a disagreement at a time when my mother (his grandmother) was in hospice care and dying from a brain tumor; I was the only child and …

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Eloping Before Wedding And Announcing During Wedding Reception Hello I need a bit of advice! My fiance and I are planning our wedding and due to us being of two different religions, we have considered eloping to Europe. We love the idea of exchanging vows between just the two of us on the anniversary of …

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Menu For DIY Wedding Reception I am in the beginning stages of planing my wedding in June. We have a guest list so far (1st draft) of about 200, and I know the old adage is on about half will come, but to be on the safe side, I want to cater my own reception. Is …

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calculate drinks at a wedding

Estimating Drinks Per Person For A Wedding Reception Wedding Alcohol Question: We are serving beer and wine only at our reception and I must let the caterer know how much we want of each. My question is how to figure this number? 60 % of the # invited is 90 people. I need to get this right …

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outdoor wedding ceremony entrance

We recently booked a wonderful gazebo for our wedding ceremony with a lake / water fountain behind the gazebo. There is nowhere to hide until it’s time for my (bride’s) grand entrance. Everyone said just stay in the limo but shouldn’t I fluff my dress? I don’t want attention taken away from the bridal party …

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Chinese Wedding Attire Basics Reader Question: My brother is getting married this fall, and I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what the heck to wear. My sis-in-law to be did not invite me to be a bridesmaid because I’m a size 12 (too big), and her family is Chinese… since our family …

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kids and weddings

Including Children In Your Wedding Party Question: Hi! I am getting married and have quite a few children (8) in the wedding party. Please advise what they should be called in the wedding program. I have searched for the answer but this situation seems somewhat unique. Thank you!!!! Joyce C Smith, MBC: Having a large …

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Are you one of those people who loves the dark colors and ambiance that comes with fall? You are not alone. YouGov reports that 33 percent of Americans make that same claim each year. It is a natural choice when planning your wedding, too. A fall wedding gives you eclectic color options you don’t see …

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Who needs a passport when you can stay locally and have an awesome destination wedding. There are so many fun and cool places to have a wedding that you will be surprised by just how much choice there is. Perfect California In Napa Valley, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and the rest of Northern California there are …

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