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#1 pook2b

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    Posted 24 January 2008 - 04:55 PM

    Requesting help from all you brides,

    I am trying to find out if it is 'legal' to use shortened names during your vows.

    i.e. My partners name on his birth certificate is David, and mine is Amanda, however we are known as Dave and Mandie.

    Do we have to use David and Amanda or can we use Dave and Mandie during the ceremony?

    A bit of a weird question but I cant find the answer anywhere.

    Please help.


    #2 Gretchen

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      Posted 24 January 2008 - 04:59 PM

      Hmmmm.... I never thought of that. And, it may be specific to the country of the wedding. Do you have a WC that you can ask at your location?
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      Posted 24 January 2008 - 05:05 PM

      That's a very interesting question that I don't I've ever seen on this board before! I would think it'd be OK... but talk with your WC to double check.


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      Posted 24 January 2008 - 05:07 PM

      i would guess that its probably fine to use your shortened names during your vows so long as your legal document has your proper, legal names, but yes definitely talk to your WC about that.

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        Posted 24 January 2008 - 05:13 PM

        I'm concuring with Maura. I think as long as they are your full names on the certificate/license/etc., you can use whatever names you want during the ceremony.

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        #6 pook2b

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          Posted 24 January 2008 - 05:37 PM

          Thank you for all your replies.
          I will contact Esther WC and ask her.
          As Maura says, if full name is on documents it should be okay.
          I'm sure others have come across this problem as lots of people have shortened names, especially in the UK.

          Thanks again, and if anyone knows any rules on this before I can contact WC, please let me know.

          p.s. When I find out, I will post and let you all know.

          #7 Birdie07

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            Posted 24 January 2008 - 06:06 PM

            My full name is Calia but I go by Cali except on legal documents. During my vows I used Cali but on our marriage certificate it said Calia. I don't think its a problem S long as your real name is on the paperwork.

            #8 amandalovesryan

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              Posted 24 January 2008 - 06:10 PM

              Good to know, my fiance's name is Lande and goes by Ryan. He does not want to have to say Lande at our wedding, some people do not even know that is his name!!!
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