As soon as all of the excitement, celebrations, and more cake than I care to mention is over, as women we have one final thing to do: the name change. Yes, it can be time-consuming, annoying, and a down right pain in the butt, however, this to me is the most important detail.
Unfortunately for me, I did not use HitchSwitch. I honestly did not even know a service like this existed. I mean the thought of going online for as little as $29 - $89 (that’s full service, with your passport picture) would have been a dream. They put together all of the appropriate forms and fill out your paperwork for you, so all you need to do is sign. Instead, I was stuck trying to contact everyone, standing in insanely long lines just to be told I needed to do something else first (which was so annoying!) I honestly almost gave up and understand why a lot of women don't change their name. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do, no one has that extra time to burn.
Know someone getting married you can pass this along or better yet... GIFT IT! Seriously, how amazing of a gift would it be to receive this?
For brides that are torn between changing their name because they feel like they will lose their identity and need to hold on to that freedom, or any other reservations you have, don't. I understand we live in a world where women want to be equal to men and lucky for us, we are. (To note, I support equal wage, so don't worry girls—I feel you). However, this is different. I could not wait to change my name, and guess what? I am still Jessica, makeup artist, YouTube blogger and beauty host. I still have my own friends, hobbies, and activities. I am still me, but better. The most precious gift your Husband can give you is his name. It is who he is, who his family were and are. It is everything to him and to everyone. Our name is what we want to live up to and have a good standing in, so for the solid fact that someone wants to share his name with me (which is the most precious gift one can give in my eyes) I, of course, will accept it... Proudly!
This does not mean you don't cherish your own name. You can do a hyphen or keep yours as a middle name. For me, this decision was easy. I was not worried about losing my personal identity or me but instead, I was ready to celebrate and grow into my new name. My heart makes me who I am and my heart is filled with love for one man, whose name I now have. That is why I wanted to change my name. I love the HitchSwitch concept and how easy they make it for everyone, including my non-sharing girlfriend (ok I'll stop holding grudge). So before you make my mistake and throw in the towel because it’s too complicated, make it easy on yourself and sign up for HitchSwitch!
*This post was sponsored by HitchSwitch, but all opinions are my own.