I intended to write a name-change post for Weddingbee at some point. We obviously evaluated options and made a decision (I took his)…but I haven’t had the urge to blog about it. But I would like to blog about my new name.
With our slightly unconventional distribution of wedding events (a civil ceremony in Germany in May, followed by our American wedding next month—so close!), my name change is also a bit on the unconventional side.
My name change was made legal by informing the authorities before our civil ceremony about our choice of married name and by signing the wedding documents with my new name. I updated my important German paperwork before I moved to the US in June, but I’m waiting to update my paperwork here until we have a permanent address (we’re moving into a new apartment in September).
Mr. Bracelet is doing an internship in Bozeman this summer, and I didn’t feel like being the “stay-at-home newlywed that moved across an ocean and doesn’t have anything to do,” so I signed myself up for summer school. I’ve always wanted to do that! I’ve been spending the last two months near Boston by myself—but with my new name as my companion.
I’ve been living with my new name quite amicably. It’s on my dorm room’s door. It’s on my ID card. I sign all my homework with it. I introduce myself to people with it. Since nobody knows that I’m a newlywed (at least not within the first five minutes of small talk), nobody fusses about it. It simply IS. People here have never known me as anything else.
I’m actually quite thankful that I got to spend time with my new name without having to be a newlywed at the same time. Changing one’s name is a big deal. Being a newlywed is a big deal. Being both at the same time is an even bigger deal.
How did you navigate the name change? Did you enjoy it or was it stressful?