The biggest hassle after getting married had to be changing my last name. I was not prepared for how big of a pain in the you-know-what it was going to be, and it was one of the parts of married life I was looking forward to the most.
I’m not sure how the process differs from state to state, so check your state’s government website if you have any questions. The name-changing process can start fairly soon after your wedding, depending on your officiant. He or she has to mail your marriage license to the county clerk’s office. Once that has been mailed in, you can pick it up (or wait for your clerk’s office to mail it to you) and get the process started.
I carried my marriage license with me to all the necessary places. There are times you will have to fax or mail a copy of your marriage license, so you may want to make several copies. The first stop on the name-changing journey is the social security office. I had to take my birth certificate, social security card, marriage license, and the forms I had to print and fill out from their website. Talk about identity theft waiting to happen!
The next stop is the license branch. However, you must wait a minimum of 24 hours after you visit the social security office before you go to the license branch. I had to take my birth certificate, marriage license, my old social security card, as well as the paper work proving I had applied for my new social security card. They mail your new social security card and new drivers license to you. Until then, you have to carry your old license with the paper work proving you applied for a new license. Geesh!
Once all your new documents are in your possession, you can start calling around to your credit card companies, changing over your bank accounts, car loans, home loans, etc. All-in-all it took me about a month and a half to get everything put in my married name. When you are planning on spending forever together, a month and a half is not so bad. But, be prepared to not be able to accomplish this in a day!