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​4 Alternatives to Changing Your Last Name after Marriage

Posted by Sandy D. on

Have you thought about whether or not you’ll change your last name after tying the knot? If you decided yes, you’re in good company. According to The Knot Real Weddings Study, 80 percent of brides changed their last names after saying “I do.” But what if ditching your maiden name doesn’t sound appealing?

Not everyone is keen to the traditional concept of name change post-marriage. Many brides feel like their personal or professional identity is intertwined with their last name. Some brides simply don’t like the sound of their future spouse’s family name. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself cringing at the idea of adopting your future husband’s last name, know you have some alternative options:

* Keeping your maiden name

According to the study, 11 percent of brides kept their own name. This may be a good option if you have a strong personal attachment to your name, are well-known by your name in your field or simply want people to continue to recognize you by your last name.

* Hyphenating both last names

The study done by The Knot showed that only 4 percent of brides decided to hyphenate both last names. By hyphenating and creating a last name-hybrid, both names get equal importance.

* Keeping both last names with a space between

A slightly higher amount (5 percent) of brides decided to simply add their spouse’s last name to their own, according the study. With this option, you can keep both names (but still honor tradition by keeping the husband’s name last).

* Creating a new name

While not a popular option, you—and your spouse!—could always choose a new name to use for starting your new life as a couple. You may want to consider this option if neither of you have strong attachments to your last name.

Happy planning!

with love & style from: Sandy D. (bridal blogger extraordinaire)

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