POSTED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 10:04pm
(CNN) — Brides have a lot to think about when planning a wedding, and including thinking about whether to take the groom's last name.
It’s a big decision for a bride. No, not just the gown; not just the flowers, but whether she'll change her name.
Once she makes that decision the checklist of changes begins, and TheKnot.com says to start with the Social Security Card.
“All that legal documentation, all your bank statements, all those things - the only way you're going to be able to change your name is if you have a social security card with your new name to prove it. So, you start there,” Anja Winikka, TheKnot.com’s Site Director, told CNN.
The next step should be the Department of Motor Vehicles.
“Once you have your driver's license and social security card in place, the rest is pretty much a breeze,” Winikka explained.
Once the two major changes are out of the way, banks and credit cards should follow. Items on the name change checklist that new brides occasionally overlook include:
- Mortgage company and landlord.
- Electric and utility companies
- Schools and alumni associations
- Insurance companies
- Voter registration.
The knot suggests waiting until after the honeymoon to make the change, especially if headed to a destination requiring a passport, which can take four to six weeks for routine processing.
And if it seems overwhelming, check out one of the many name change kits online, that do it all for the busy newlywed.