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#11 Maura

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 10:36 PM

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OK I have to start this thread up again - I am confused!
FI and I are planning on doing the SAME thing- a ssshh shhh ceremony here, and doing the ROV w/ the minister in DR next April.
So we figured we want to do that - but now what? How do we do it? I am not worried about the legalities but more about the travel for me.
?!?
I know that we have to show our legal marriage certificate to do the ROV at deams, which will show my new married last name? correct?
But then my id and passport will say my maiden name?
is this ok - can I get back into the country and if we do it this summer (8 months before we go) can I wait that long before changing my name without a problem? Or is there a time constraint to changing your documents such as your passport prior to leaving?
I guess i can change my name prior to leaving, I would just have to do it soon enough so that I get everything back in time to travel.
That way I can get health insurance.
Ugh- I don't know what to do?! Anyone with this issue that can help me in the timeline on how to go about this "secret marriage and travel"?
Thanks!
you do not need to change your name to do the ROV. at the time you book your travel though, your name must be legally the same name as the name listed on your travel documents. it may prove easier to just wait to change your name until you return from the DW.

#12 djtinnie

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    Posted 01 May 2008 - 01:29 AM

    Ok here is what I'm doing. I'm already legally married since Feb of this year. I am getting married in Jamaica in November. So I believe we are in similar situations. Since I am legally married my husband is able to put me on his insurance plan. (he did, I'm fully insured) I am not changing my name till later on so that my passport matches my ticket. You do not have to change your last name. On the marriage certificate it will state your maiden name. Also, I suggest you talk to your wedding coordinator about it too because it may reduce your wedding cost. For me since I am already married it will save us money on the legalities in Jamaica (not too sure about Mexico). Our wedding coordinator is giving us a renewal package which is the same thing as a regular wedding package minus all the legal paperwork. She is still treating it like a real wedding.

    So how I see it is you have two options:

    Option 1: get legally married - do not change your last name so you don't have to get a new passport/id/etc (less stress)

    Option 2: get legally married - change your last name and change all your passport/id -- if you already purchased your airline ticket DO NOT change your last name. Your passport must match the name on your ticket.

    I say go with option 1. You do not have to change your last name till later.

    I hope I answered your question.

    #13 Angel

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      Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:16 AM

      Man, I wish I would have read this thread before we bought our plane tickets. We wanted to do our legal marriage here in VA on Feb 3rd (our first date & the day he proposed) because I wanted to keep everything the same date. I didn't want to have the ceremony on a Tuesday in Mexico. But it makes pretty good sense to do it at home because we would be saving like $600 and we don't have to worry about all of the legal stuff down there. And I don't mind changing my last name when we get back. Question, did some of you ladies just go to the Justice of the Peace or did you do a whole ceremony? I don't mind people knowing we got "legally" married beforehand so I was thinking of just going to get married and have maybe 5 people at the most there and do like a lunch or dinner afterwards.

      #14 Jen_S

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        Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:42 AM

        hmm we are considering getting married at home... what to do?? We are getting married at GBP Akumal and they do not Apostille the marriage license does anyone know what this really means?
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        #15 rodent

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          Posted 01 May 2008 - 12:59 PM

          Do you have to have your own witnesses at a court house wedding? Or will someone there witness?

          Also, I thought there was an option to change your name at the time you get married. can you do this:

          Go to courthouse & make it legal & pick the option to change your name, but wait on changing your passport.

          Then fly to wedding & have a symbolic ceremony.

          Come back & change passport & license?

          I also lost my license a few weeks ago. I haven't figured out if I should get a new one now or just wait until I change my name. We will probably to the legal thing in a few weeks. Or do I need my license to get married legally? I have my passport. I do not think the license has to match the passport, because you do not need to show the license on the trip. It would be nice to avoid 2 back to back trips to the dmv! I can't believe I lost my license. I'm so responsible. I lost it the night of my bachelorette party. I know it has to be somewhere in a purse, or the pocket of something. I just havne't found it yet.

          Mike was in charge of figuring out what we need to do for the legal ceremony, but I think I'm going ot have to do it.

          #16 jajajaja

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            Posted 01 May 2008 - 01:07 PM

            They will probably charge you for a new license so I would only do it once. I paid like $25 for my new one.

            I had to show ID when I got married. I would just call the county clerk to ensure they will take passport as ID. I'm sure they do, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

            I have two names right now- it gets super confusing btw.
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            #17 rodent

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              Posted 01 May 2008 - 01:39 PM

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              Originally Posted by LC_Rachel
              They will probably charge you for a new license so I would only do it once. I paid like $25 for my new one.

              I had to show ID when I got married. I would just call the county clerk to ensure they will take passport as ID. I'm sure they do, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

              I have two names right now- it gets super confusing btw.
              Thats why I wanted to wait. Only pay for one license. I do not think it will be a problem if my license says "morgan newname" for our flight to mexico. I will just use my passport. I also have a school photo id if they need another form of ID.

              Then once we get back I'll do all the changing. I'm excited about my new name!

              I plan on calling the county courthouse to make sure we have everything we need to make it legal. We will be doing that this month! Yay!

              #18 LindsayG

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                Posted 01 May 2008 - 01:55 PM

                This reminds me of a question I had for you ladies that have already done your "legal stuff" at home.

                How minimal can you make the official marriage? I don't want it to feel like my real wedding, so I'd honestly just like to sign papers and be done with it. Do we have to recite vows or anything like that? Ideally, I'l like to bring my FI and I along with our 2 mothers to just sign and be done.

                How was your experience?
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                #19 jajajaja

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                  Posted 01 May 2008 - 01:58 PM

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                  Thats why I wanted to wait. Only pay for one license. I do not think it will be a problem if my license says "morgan newname" for our flight to mexico. I will just use my passport. I also have a school photo id if they need another form of ID.

                  Then once we get back I'll do all the changing. I'm excited about my new name!

                  I plan on calling the county courthouse to make sure we have everything we need to make it legal. We will be doing that this month! Yay!
                  I never showed my ID once. Just used my passport for everything. You should be golden!
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                  #20 jajajaja

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                    Posted 01 May 2008 - 02:01 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by LindsayG
                    This reminds me of a question I had for you ladies that have already done your "legal stuff" at home.

                    How minimal can you make the official marriage? I don't want it to feel like my real wedding, so I'd honestly just like to sign papers and be done with it. Do we have to recite vows or anything like that? Ideally, I'l like to bring my FI and I along with our 2 mothers to just sign and be done.

                    How was your experience?
                    Some people on here have found someone just to sign official documents with- no ring exchange, no vows, etc. I'm not sure what's called "notarized" minister. I dunno. Maybe they will tell you what the person's title is.

                    I got married in Vegas. It was quick and painless. We also didn't really have to have "real" witnesses. The guy from the wedding chapel and our taxi driver served as witnesses. It won't take away from your "real" wedding- trust me! You will still have plenty of emotions.
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