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What To Know About Changing Your Name & How To Make It Simple!

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What You Actually Need To Know About Changing Your Name

As you plan your wedding, and your future with your spouse, don’t forget about the topic of name change. Over 88% of U.S. brides opt to change their names in some way after the big day. While you’ll receive tons of advice on the subject, here’s exactly what you need to know.

Your Name Doesn’t Automatically Change.

This sounds silly, but it’s true. Unless you file a series of legal name change forms, you may be married, but your maiden name is still your legal name.

You Have Options

Brides don’t have to replace their maiden names with their spouse’s last name. In most states you can take two last names with or without a hyphen, replace your middle name with your maiden name, or add your maiden name as a middle name. These options give you more ways to compromise on name and find one that fits your personal style. Choose the married name that makes the most sense for your marriage and personal situation.

Request Multiple Copies of Your Marriage Certificate

Your certified marriage certificate is the document that allows you to legally change your last name after marriage. Most federal and state offices will need a certified copy of your marriage certificate to process your name change requests. So, if you have ordered 2-3 certificates from the County Clerk’s Office, you can file multiple forms simultaneously.

Research Your State’s Name Change Process

Many states have different filing orders for your Social Security Card, IRS 8822, U.S. Passport, driver’s license, voter registration. Knowing which form needs to be filed in what order in your state of residence, will save you countless newlywed headaches and unneeded trips to government offices.

Change Your Name The Easy Way

Feeling overwhelmed by the endless list of things that need to be changed to your married name? is an easy online name change service that streamlines the tedious 13 hour process into 30 minutes. They’ve helped over 400,000 brides transition to Mrs., and would love to assist you. So head over to to go from Miss to Mrs. in minutes!


5 Unique Gift Ideas You Just Can’t Miss!

5 Unique Bridal Party Gift Ideas

Let’s face it: planning a wedding can be stressful. There are so many decisions to make, so many people to coordinate with, and so little time to do it all!

Thankfully, most engaged couples have their friends and family to help them through — especially the select few in their wedding party. On your big day, give your bridesmaids and groomsmen a truly special gift to thank them for helping you with the wedding planning process.


For the Bridesmaids

Most brides choose the women closest to them as their bridesmaids. These women have shared many memories with you, and they’re about to share another: your wedding day.

They deserve a beautiful memento of this special memory that you all share. Elegant jewelry is always a hit among bridesmaids. A personalized necklace, engraved with their name and the date you two met, can be a gorgeous way to celebrate your friendship — and it also makes for a great accessory to wear at the wedding!

Of course, there are other ways to memorialize your special day with your bridesmaids. Science has shown that scent is closely tied to memory, so why not use this natural connection to enhance your memories of the celebration?

Give each bridesmaid their own bottle of a signature perfume (bonus points if you find a scent that matches your wedding locale). Each time your friend wears it, she’ll remember the fun you had together celebrating your nuptials.

For Everyone

These days, wedding parties aren’t always divided along gender lines. So what should you buy for a unisex wedding party? The answer depends on your friends’ tastes, but there are some gifts that will impress both sexes.

You can make sure everyone gets to the church on time by outfitting your whole bridal party with unique engraved wooden watches! This hits the wedding gift trifecta — it’s practical, beautiful, and a special way to remember your big day.


For the Groomsmen

Let’s not forget the groom’s supportive friends. Make sure that your man has his own set of gifts for his best buddies!

A DIY cocktail set can help them all get the party started before the ceremony. A mini bottle of their favorite liquor, plus all the fixings for a mixed drink.

If you’re looking for a gift that will last longer, consider how your future husband and his guys spend time together. Are they movie buffs? Outdoorsmen? Sports fans? Find a gift that suits their style.

For example, outdoorsy groomsmen are sure to love an engraved pocket knife or another personalized tool to help them on their next hiking or camping excursion. Get creative and you’ll find the perfect gift!

As you continue planning your wedding, don’t forget to thank the people that help you make this day special. Make sure that when the big day comes, they have something remarkable to remember it by.


3 Caribbean Wedding Destinations You Don’t Hear About

If you’re considering holding a destination wedding in the Caribbean, you’re going to be inundated with popular options. The Caribbean, frankly, is larger than we usually give it credit for when we think about just how many islands, famous beaches, wonderful towns, and luxurious resorts there are. It can all be a little bit dizzying when you’re trying to pick a place to have your wedding – an event you’ll remember for the rest of your life!

Pointing out new destinations isn’t meant to make the experience even more complicated. Rather, it’s to diversify the selection a little bit so that you do take all your options into account – even if it means a little bit more work. With that in mind, here are a few Caribbean wedding destinations that you don’t often hear as much about.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios Destination Wedding

Where Jamaica is concerned, a lot of the gaudier resorts tend to rise to the surface (which isn’t to say some of them aren’t wonderful). For instance, we’ve written about the Sandals resorts before, and Jamaica is one of the destinations most closely tied to the company. However, when you dig a little bit deeper, Jamaica is home to some more subtle and unique wedding destinations as well – one of which is a pretty hotel in the town of Ocho Rios.

The Jamaica Inn, which includes its own private beach that can be set aside for a wedding of 100 or fewer people, was actually featured near the top of an article on the 15 best wedding hotels in the Caribbean. People at the hotel are available to help with every aspect of coordination, and the venue is spectacular. Open, luxurious rooms, the aforementioned private beach, turquoise waters and wonderful weather combine to form quite a paradise that feels more like your own private island than many Caribbean alternatives.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Destination Wedding

This is perhaps the best-known destination we’re pointing out, given that Punta Cana has a reputation for some of the Dominican Republic’s best beaches (and the Dominican Republic itself is becoming a trendier island getaway of late). From golf courses to snorkel spots, there’s just a little bit of everything on this portion of the island, making it a good spot to vacation for any reason and at any time of year.

As it happens, this area is also home to a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino that’s said to be one of a few casino resorts ideal for destination weddings. In addition to offering plenty of entertainment for your guests to enjoy, and a location right on a stunning beach, this place has floating wedding gazebos for those couples who might want to try something a little bit unique during the actual ceremony. It’s a little bit on the gaudier side, getting back to the point made regarding certain resorts in Jamaica – but in this case, natural beauty and entertainment win out.

Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad Destination Wedding

The Caribbean’s most noteworthy cities are generally a few hundred years old at least, and still show signs of the colonial era in which they were founded. We hear a great deal about some of them, such as Santo Domingo, Havana, and San Juan. But make no mistake, Willemstad – a lively Dutch/Caribbean hybrid, as one publication put it – belongs on the list of the nicest colonial towns in the region.

If you’re interested in pure charm, it’s a flawless setting for a destination wedding. Needless to say when we’re talking about Curacao, there are beautiful beaches and comfortable hotels quite close to old town Willemstad. But if you can find a place to hold the actual wedding with parts of the town in the background and surroundings, you’ll have pieced together a wedding that will certainly be the envy of your guests.

Unique Bridal Shower Ideas

When you are the one planning the bridal shower, you want your loved one’s special day to be memorable. Bridal showers usually represent “girl time” with friends before the wedding. While there are traditional toys and games associated with bridal showers, maybe you are struggling to come up with the perfect idea to celebrate the bride in your life. You want it to be fun, different, and unforgettable – a memory you can all reminisce over in your golden years. That’s a lot of pressure!


Never fear, though – there are all kinds of hacks that make planning your special friend’s bridal shower simple. There are a lot of avenues you can take, but all of them involve considering the things that make your relationship with the bride special. Does she have a distinctive personal style? Is she in love with technology or wedding futuristic trends? Does she have a hobby or taste that can be used as a theme? Do you know her from work, a shared interest, or school? Is she your sister or another member of your family? The answers to these questions can provide you with some great ideas to celebrate your bride’s wedding with the gals. Here are a few more ideas to help you come up with a truly unique bridal shower.

Activity Party

Everyone has things they enjoy doing, and your bride is no exception. Centering her bridal shower around a favorite activity can be a fun and unique way of celebrating her upcoming nuptials. This can be especially memorable if it is related to how the other guests know the bride, such as knowing one another through an class or professional organization. Gathering everyone for an art class party is one idea. A yoga party or mini-retreat for your yogi bride could also be an excuse for everyone to stock up on cute yoga gear. A day or weekend of whitewater rafting or hiking could scratch that outdoorsy itch your bride has.

Themed Gatherings

Maybe the bride in your life is a sports fan. Some brides like different styles, like goth or steampunk. A growing number of ladies are getting into video gaming and e-sports. A creative idea for a bridal shower would be to theme it after an interest such as this. Gather the girls for a LAN party or decorate all the favors with the logo of the bride’s favorite sports team. Horror lovers can steal some ideas from Halloween themes. Television shows and movies can provide a lot of fertile ideas, too.


Food Smorgasbord

Another fun way to celebrate your bride’s shower could be to gorge yourself on good food. Months of dieting to get into that dress can take a break for a few hours to eat drink and be merry. You could work with a theme – the foods of specific countries, cultures, or regions. You could have everyone cook their best dish, with the bonus that you can combine all the recipes into a cookbook that makes a great gift for the bride. A cooking class could be a fun way to help the bride learn the groom’s favorite dish. A wine or food tasting could introduce whole new worlds of flavor.

Know Your Guest of Honor

Planning a great bridal shower isn’t as hard as you think. If you know your bride, you will definitely make her shower memorable because you know what she likes. Habits, hobbies, career, personal style and taste all provide great clues to give the best bridal shower your bride could ever want. These personal touches will make the bridal shower truly unique to the special lady who is your guest of honor.

Using the bride as the inspiration for the food, decor, or itinerary gives her a gift of thoughtfulness, something that goes beyond material items. Memories of being surrounded by loved ones are always the most special gift you can give a lady who is beginning to build her family by getting married. The shower is all about the bride-to-be, and using that as a platform to base your ideas from, you can give her one that is unique and memorable!

How to Write a Thoughtful Wedding Card

When you RSVP to a wedding, there are a few tasks necessary to attend. First, you need to choose a wedding outfit, arrange travel plans, and purchase a gift and card for the happy couple. While you may have found the perfect card, knowing what to add inside the card can be a bit more challenging. That’s why Personal Creations created a useful guide on what to write in a wedding card for every type of couple.

Maybe the newlyweds are hilarious and would enjoy a funny message, or are more traditional and would like a serious note, you can choose from over 50 wishes. The guide also explains what to include in your wedding card from the congratulations up to the sign off, so you can create a customized message for the newlyweds that they’ll love.

How to Write a Thoughtful Wedding Card

Looking Your Best On The Big Day… And Beyond

Bride Beauty TipsEvery bride is beautiful. That’s a given. And why not? It’s one of the happiest days of your life and you’re going to be spending it with the people you love best in the world. That alone should be enough to make you glow from the inside out.

Of course you still want to do everything you can to look your best. Whether that means having your makeup professionally done, or treating yourself to a special hairdo with the luxuriously long hair you didn’t have time to grow on your own. Surprisingly, there are cheap hair extensions that you can even do yourself in minutes for the ceremony and take out or replace – with fun colored streaks, for example – for a different look during your honeymoon.

The one thing to be cautious about is doing yourself up for the wedding in a style that’s super trendy right now but that will look dated pretty quickly. Your wedding pictures are something you want to cherish for a long, long time and you don’t want to cringe when you look at them in years to come. Just ask any 80s bride (your mom, maybe) what she regrets now about that mall hairdo she adorned with a headband that eclipsed her forehead.  

Speaking of wedding photos, there are some tricks you can learn that will assure flattering images. A few minutes of practice in front of the mirror before the big day will be time well spent. The typical starlet on the red carpet pose can look awfully artificial, and you don’t want to use any of those giddy poses you may have perfected for Instagram, but you also don’t want to stand squarely in front of the camera like you did when you were six. Think composed, graceful, and timeless. Here are a few tricks:

Lighting is key

You may not be able to control the light source completely, but if you’re inside try not to stand directly beneath a chandelier or other ceiling light because they will cast unfavorable shadows. The best exterior shots are taken in light shade, like under the dappled light of a tree. Bright overhead sun does no one any favors.

Angle your face and body

The classic three-quarter pose is the most complimentary, but don’t take every picture that way or the results will be boring. Just be sure to angle your face and body somewhat instead of facing the camera head on.

Looking good on your wedding dayPut your best foot forward

Place one foot slightly in front of the other, with your weight on the back foot. If your feet are going to show, you can cross them loosely at the ankles.

Loosen your arms

Keep your arms soft rather than stiff. If you’re holding your bouquet, try holding it casually with one hand for interesting asymmetry. Do leave a little space between your arms and your torso because having them close to your body adds their width to your midsection. Just avoid posing like Peter Pan, with both hands on your hips and your elbows sticking out.

Mind your hands

If you’re not holding a prop like your bouquet or a glass of champagne, curve your hands gracefully and hold them beside you with your thumbs facing forward and your elbows slightly bent.

Smile naturally

You’re going to be smiling a lot on the big day, which is a good thing. But you don’t want the same expression in every single picture. Some women who are often the focus of photographers, like models and celebrities, swear by the trick of pressing their tongues to the roof of their mouths before they smile to keep their smiles from looking frozen. Laughing is also a good way to assure a genuine smile.

Group shot hints

The bride is always going to be in the center of a group shot, so no unflattering end-of-the-line worries for you. To keep it looking casual if you’re not holding your bouquet, put your arms lightly around the waists of the people next to you. If you’re planning ahead for fun and interesting ways to pose the bridal party, you can start by looking here.

Of course the best way to assure great wedding pictures is to be yourself. Relax and let your happiness show!

How To Make Moving While Planning A Wedding Less Stressful


Planning a wedding can be one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do with your partner, but there are a lot of details to consider, and if you aren’t careful, those details will become overwhelming. If you’re going to be moving in together or buying a home for the first time as well, the most exciting time in your life might just become the most stressful.

It’s important to remember during this time that some good planning is essential in avoiding those feelings of stress, as well as asking for help when you need it. Hire professionals when you can to take some of the pressure off your shoulders and to make sure your big days are in good hands. Keep communication open with your partner so the two of you can prevent any misunderstandings that might hold up progress in your planning.

Here are a few of the best tips on how to get started with planning your wedding/moving day.

Make a list

Sit down with your partner and make lists of all the things that need to be done. Separate the lists into several parts to keep things organized; for example, write down any jobs that will need to be completed around your current home before the move, such as cleaning or repairs, then move on to things that need to be taken care of in regards to the new home. Even if you haven’t made an offer on a house or found the right apartment yet, it will be extremely helpful to have a to-do list beforehand.

Your second list should include anything wedding-related. Finding a location, caterer, photographer, music, flowers, a cake, clothing for the entire wedding party, and the person who will be presiding over the ceremony are the most important items, but there will likely be several smaller details, such as what sort of transportation you’ll be taking to and from the ceremony and who will stay behind after the reception to clean up and ensure everything is in order.

Hire professionals

Think about your needs for the move; do you have a lot of heavy furniture? Will there be stairs at your new home? If so, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Find the right movers for you by doing some research on local companies and their prices; keep in mind that most moving companies charge by the hour as well as per-mile.

If you have pets, you’ll need to consider their needs, too. Moves and lots of activity and change can affect many animals and leave them feeling anxious, so think about the best ways to keep your pet safe and happy. This might include letting him stay at doggy daycare during the height of the activity, or arranging a relaxing spot for him to rest away from the movers. You can find more ideas on how to plan for your pet’s needs over at


If you’re someone who doesn’t like to ask for help, remember that your friends and family want you to have the most perfect day and will be willing to help. Don’t be afraid to reach out and give smaller tasks to your loved ones so you can focus on the big ones. Having a few less things to do will ease the burden on your shoulders and will keep you from being stressed in the days leading up to your wedding day.

Come up with a budget

You may already have a budget in mind for your new place, but you’ll need one for the wedding, as well. Think about the best ways to save money, such as creating your own simple brooch bouquets for the wedding party rather than buying floral arrangements or having a candy buffet instead of serving dinner at the reception.

It’s only natural to feel a bit overwhelmed during two of the biggest days of your life, but with a solid plan and some help from loved ones, you can get through it smoothly. Remember to talk to your partner before making any decisions and carve out some time for the two of you to relax now and then.

How to Pick the Perfect Flowers for Your Wedding

Wedding Flowers

If you are planning a wedding, one of the biggest questions on your mind is probably the flowers. If it’s not, it should be! Flowers take an average of 10 percent of wedding budgets, so it’s important to plan ahead for this important detail. This is especially true if you are looking for particular flowers or a specific design.

Planning the wedding can be very stressful, and there are a lot of details to go over before the big day. Let us take the stress out of this detail with a few tips on picking the perfect flowers for your perfect wedding!

Choose Your Florist Early

This cannot be stressed enough. If you wait too long to choose your florist, you run the risk that they will be booked for the wedding. Choosing your florist is a matter of interviewing florists and/or floral designers and choosing the one that most closely meets your vision of the wedding. Be prepared to discuss everything from price to color, and be flexible enough to accommodate their artistry, because that’s why you hired them!

Draw Inspiration From the Rest of the Decor

You have an idea what you want your wedding to look like, so have your colors ready. When meeting with your florist, you will want to have color samples so you can be advised what flowers will meet your needs. Be as specific as possible when talking to your florist. You want to make sure everyone is on the same page. A good thing to plan your wedding decor around is your bouquet, so you will want to know what colors you want those flowers to be, and have an idea what flowers come in those colors.

Wedding Flower Ideas

Know Your Bouquets

Since the bouquet is the best place to start, having a little knowledge of the styles of bouquets out there is very helpful. Some bouquets match better to certain styles of dresses, while others might overwhelm the dress and steal the show. Some flowers also do better in certain styles of bouquets – you wouldn’t want to have a heavy flower in a cascade bouquet, or a flimsy flower with a sweeping, ballroom dress!

Do Your Flower Homework

This seems like a no-brainer, but knowing a little bit about flowers themselves might help make the choice for your perfect wedding flowers. Knowing what flowers come in what colors can be tremendous assistance in narrowing down your choices. Some flowers might be cost-prohibitive or out of season, but many flowers have replacements that look similar but are more readily available. Knowing what kind of flowers you want can help you and your florist produce a final result that will make the big day beautiful!

Picking flowers for the wedding doesn’t have to be a difficult endeavor. Narrowing your selections down is simple if you follow the above advice. You don’t have to be a florist to have beautiful flowers at your wedding. You just need to plan ahead and use the tips above to guide you in this task, giving you one less thing to stress about while planning of the wedding!

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Wedding of The Week: Emily & Marcus

Emily & Marcus

Emily and Marcus met in the Connecticut airport and after talking, eventually found out that they were both on their way to a 3-month study abroad adventure in Australia. Emily and Marcus spent three months together living in cabins in the rainforest and discovering what Australia has to offer. By the time they got home, Emily knew he was the one.

Fast forward 6 1/2 years later, Marcus surprised Emily during a walk in one of their favorite gardens. As they briefly stopped on a bridge to admire the stream below them, Emily felt Marcus’s arms around her as he hugged her from behind. As she looked down, she spotted the ring in his hand. She spun around and said, “Really?!”

Emily and Marcus said their “I do’s” on July 1st, 2017 at Wright’s Mill Farm in Canterbury, Connecticut. Classic photographers own, Gregg A. had the pleasure of capturing lifelong memories for Emily and Marcus to cherish forever. Congratulations to the happy couple, Classic Photographers was honored to be apart of your special day!

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