There are many options when it comes to changing your name after marriage/civil partnership.
Whatever you decide to do, it's wise to make sure you know the legal requirements you must follow to officially change your name.
If you are going to be taking your husband's surname, tradition dictates that you do not need to do a change of name deed. To change your name with all relevant organisations you will need to provide your marriage certificate as proof of your name change.
Although it is not as common, some men do take their wife's surname and if you choose to do this then you will need to do a change of name deed to formally change your surname.
If you are a same sex couple and one of you will be taking the surname of your partner, then your marriage/civil partnership certificate will be what you need to provide to all relevant organisations to change your name. You should not need to do a change of name deed, however we would recommend that you check with each organisation before sending off your certificate.
If a woman in a same-sex marraige wants to double barrel her surname, then she will need to do a change of name deed. If her male partner is going to have the same double-barrelled name after the ceremony, then the cheapest way to do this would be for the man to do a change of name deed before the wedding day, changing his surname to the new double-barrelled name, and then the woman can use the marriage certificate to apply her name change to her records after the wedding (meaning only one change of name deed is required instead of two).
The same will apply to same sex couples if one party changes his/her name before the wedding/civil partnership.
Some women decide not to give up their maiden name entirely and instead choose to use this as a middle name. To do this you will need to do a change of name deed after your wedding/civil partnership.
You may decide that you are going to create a totally new surname or mesh your current surnames in order to create a new surname. If you want to do this then you will both be required to do a change of name deed.
If you are keeping your name, then you do not need to do anything.
In some circumstances, it is possible to apply for a passport in your new name up to 3 months before your ceremony. Your old passport will be cancelled.
The new passport is post-dated meaning it is valid only form the date of your ceremony and cannot be used before. Some countries will not issue visas for post-dated passports so do check.
The religious minister or Deputy Superintendent Registrar who will conduct the ceremony is required to sign a Post-Date Form 2 (PD2). There may be a charge by the minister or Deputy Superintendent Registrar to do so.
It is worth checking with each company what they require to change your name.
If you require a 'Change of Name Deed' please click here for further information.