Should You Change Your Name Before…or After Your Honeymoon?

Honeymoon Name Change

We probably get asked this question 10 times a week.  Especially this time of year when wedding season is getting into full swing. It’s often not top of mind when you book honeymoon travel months in advance…but as you get closer to saying ‘I do’ and becoming a Mrs. is a reality it’s something you need to think about.

There are a few factors you need to keep in mind when making this decision.

What name did you book your honeymoon travel in?

If travelling by air or leaving the country, the name on your government issued ID must match your travel documents. So make sure if you’ve booked your honeymoon in your married name you give yourself enough time to get your government issued ID changed (good rule of thumb is 6-8 weeks).

When do you leave on your honeymoon?

If you are leaving on your honeymoon within two months of your wedding date, we recommend waiting until you get back to change your name. It can take around 3 weeks to get your official marriage certificate in the mail, and you need this to change your name with most organizations. Once you get it, it can still take a few weeks to get your new SSA card, Driver’s License, Passport…so just to be safe, it’s worth waiting.  If your honeymoon is booked a few months out – go ahead and get changing as soon as you get your marriage certificate in the mail.

What about frequent traveller points?

Frequent traveller programs (airlines, hotels, etc.) are actually really strict when it comes to name changes. Not only do they often require multiple documents, including certified copies of your marriage certificate and copy of your new passport, they also require the name on your travel document to match the name on your membership in order to collect points. Some will allow you to fill out a form to claim the points if the names don’t match – but it’s a hassle to go through that process. So, make sure you move frequent traveller programs up on your priority list if your honeymoon is on the horizon.

Hope this helps answer your honeymoon name change questions! If you have any other name change questions, drop me a line at Happy to help!

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