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@@megthomson Your pics are great! You looked absolutely beautiful and SO happy!! Congratulations!!!  I can't wait to hear more about your experience after you've settled down :)

 

@Linz1131 Congratulations!! I can't wait to hear about your wedding!

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Hey ladies! It was amazing!! Meg looked beautiful as you can see and it was so much fun to meet her and her friends/family. Here is our review:

 

Our stay was from December 3, 2014 through December 13, 2014 with our wedding occurring on December 6, 2014. We had 28 guests. 25 adults and 3 children (ages between 6 and 12). My little cousin did not want to leave the kids camp and was obsessed with the Xbox lounge. One of our guests didn't make it because he didn't realize his passport was expired so please urge your guests to double check and to also make sure it doesn't expire within a certain time period as different countries have different restrictions.

Travel: Traveled US Airways there and American Airlines on the return flight. They did not offer to hang my wedding dress so we put it in the overhead bin with no issues. Flight there was a little long with a layover in Charlotte, NC but flight back was nonstop back to Dallas which was so much nicer. Apparently American only offers the direct flight on Saturdays. Coming in and out of Turks was a breeze. The only thing that took a while was for our luggage on the arrival. On the return flight we did not abide by the 3 hour recommendation and actually left the resort around 3:00 p.m. to catch our 4:50 p.m. flight out and had no issues at all. Our family and friends did abide by the suggestion and agreed that there was no reason to get there that early. The shuttle was waiting when we arrived so no issues there. They run pretty regularly so if there isn't one, the longest you would wait would be 5-10 minutes.

Check In - Greeted with a cocktail. Luggage was taken care of. You will be required to fill out some paperwork but no big deal. Check in starts at 3:00 pm so if you get there earlier your room will most likely not be ready just yet. We suggest bringing a bathing suit in your carry on and enjoying the resort while you wait. We were upgraded in the Caribbean Village to adjoining rooms with a king-size bed in one room and a dining room table and sleeper sofa in the other room. It was a very nice room and we had no complaints. Tryston helped unload all of our things and was AMAZING. He brought us whatever we needed and even surprised us with a cheese, cracker, & fresh fruit tray. Later in the trip he gave us a very sweet card and brought us champagne. We LOVED Tryston. We stayed in the Caribbean Village and really enjoyed it due to the accessibility to the beach. Any room you stay in will be good unless you are just an extremely picky person. Italian Village had the most families. Key West was very nice and expensive, it had more of a low key feel. We didn't see the French Village rooms but the pool was very nice. They were renovating some of the Caribbean Village walk out suites while we were there and they looked AMAZING.

Weather - It was beautiful the entire time we were there. The weather was about 80 degrees each day and sunny. There were a couple of days where it was a little hazier but then it would clear up. On our wedding day it rained for about 10 minutes and then it cleared up and there was a beautiful rainbow in the background.

Restaurants - Some of the restaurants were not open for all of the listed meals due to the resort not being as busy when we traveled. My matron of honor is gluten free and they did a great job accommodating her at the resort. You must go to the culinary desk though and advise them in advance. They will ask you to let them know where you want to eat 24 hours in advance which was kind of a pain but she made it work. She said that the staff was amazing. You can also advise the desk 24 hours in advance if you want crab legs as Schooners as an appetizer.
Side Note - We loved that it wasn't as crowded but that is personal preference. There was only one other earlier wedding the day we got married but on the Saturday we left they had 7 scheduled so it gets significantly busier.
Cafe De Paris the best coffee. We went there almost every morning to grab a cappuccino or the beaches caramel. They also have light breakfast options (cereal, croissants, little sandwiches) and mini desserts. In the evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm they have a chocolate fountain.
Reflections - Probably the best breakfast selection. It is a buffet and they had a great omelet station. They were open for lunch as well but we never went there.
Bayside - Second best breakfast. Also a buffet but it is situated in the Key West Village and had a much better view than Reflections. They also had a great dinner buffet and a bonfire area right out front that has live music so you can grab some dinner, sit, and listen to music.
Bella Napoli - Great pizza! This was our regular lunch selection as you can take it to go. It usually took about 15-20 minutes to be ready but it might be longer depending on how busy the resort is.
Arizona's - My husband loved the ribs. I didn't eat here but the margarita was yummy. They do have a lunch station with jerk chicken, jerk pork, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, etc. that was also very good. If we didn't have pizza for lunch we ate at the station.
Barefoot - We had breakfast and lunch here. Both order restaurants not buffet style. Food was decent, nothing spectacular but right on the sand. The shrimp skewers I had were pretty good and so was the steak and eggs.
Sky - Scenery is the best of the restaurants but breakfast was not very good for me. I had the omelet. My husband had the fish and said it was very good. Other friends had the omelet and didn't like it so it could have just been that one meal. We only went for breakfast but they do have dinner options.
Neptunes - This is tied for my favorite dinner along with Sappodillas and Le Petite. I had the seafood chowder which was very good and my husband had the special (can't remember what is was). Everyone who ate there with us enjoyed.
Schooners - Decent food. I enjoyed the crab legs very much and the lobster risotto.
Dinos - Not the best food but convenient to take and run. Pizza (not as good as Bella), grilled cheese, sandwiches, etc.
Marios - We actually did not like the food at Marios. Breakfast was cold and dinner was okay. I will say that the special the lamb shank was VERY good so if you go, just go for that. The meatballs were pretty good as well.
Giuseppe's - Didn't eat there
Cricketeers' - Didn't eat there. Did play pool there which was fun, it has a good atmosphere.
Bobby Dee's - Decent food. Open all night. GREAT onion rings. Basically quick fried food. Great place for kids though and late night snacking.
Sapadillas - Good food. This is where we had our honeymoon dinner. It is one of the fancier restaurants. I had the lobster and my husband had the venison. Both were yummy and the dessert was good too. They designed our dessert dish to congratulate use which was very sweet.
Le Petite - Very good food. We had the lobster special and it was delicious. The french onion soup was very good as well. This is a fancier restaurant as well. It requires men to wear slacks and closed shoes.
Soy - Good sushi. We love sushi so I would order a lot because the portions are a little small.
Kimonos - Fun but not your typical Japanese steakhouse so don't expect the same sort of thing. They sang kid songs and some newer pop songs. No fancy tricks or anything. They give you a variety of chicken, steak, fish, and shrimp so you don't order here. The menu is there to just give you an idea of what to expect.

Drinks/Bars:
Note - There is limited wine if you are a wine drinker. Only Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay for white and Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for red.
Favorite Drink - Mojito and Planter's Punch
Favorite Bartender - No idea his name but he can usually be found at the center bar in the Italian Village. He is known for saying "Why Not". He was the life of the party and gave my grandmother too many drinks haha Make sure you look for him.
Favorite Bars - We enjoyed all of the pool bars of course but we also really liked the Bayside bar due to the scenery and the live music. Turtles has live music after 9:30 so we went there a lot for dancing.
Beach - Absolutely breathtaking. All sorts of activities but it does depend on the water, if the flags are red everything is on hold.
Wedding - AMAZING in every way. Comanique was our Wedding Coordinator and she was fabulous. She tells it like it is, which I love. I had read some negative reviews on her and they are absolutely NOT true. Please request her. We originally had selected Saturday at sunset but switched to four based on her suggestion since we purchased the traditional photo package and wanted to make sure we had some light for the photos. Our welcome dinner was on the lawn near Schooners and was great. We had the duck, fish, and chocolate cheesecake, everyone said it was great. Our wedding was at the Arizona beach and was perfect. We just had the white structure with fuchsia linen and white chairs. It was truly beautiful, with the view you don't need to add much. Pastor Howell completed the service and had a very nice message. We had our own vows. We upgraded my husband's free massage to a couple's massage and it was perfect. Breakfast in bed was delicious.

Photos- James Bond & Jimmie James were our photographers and they were AMAZING. I requested less formal pictures and more candid ones and they delivered. They were easy to work with and very accommodating. I highly recommend them if using Beaches photography. Our package included two brag books, 25 thank you cards, and a photo album which we have already been able to review. The photos turned out great and it was very difficult to choose which ones. The album came out really great as well. I will caution you that it takes several hours to choose your photos so go in prepared. Comanique warned us so we just sipped on our cocktails and enjoyed the experience. They even put a couple of our photos in the window which was fun to see.

Tours - We wanted to use our credit for a catamaran cruise and spoke with both Sandra & Alla to coordinate. Due to the water being choppy it kept getting cancelled which is disappointing. However, there was a private one scheduled the day before we were to leave and Alla spoke with one of the higher ups (not sure of his exact title) Andre and got us on an excursion to Iguana Island. It was so sweet of her to go through all of that trouble for us and we greatly appreciated it.

It truly was an amazing vacation for all of those involved. Everyone raved about their experience. We cannot say thank you enough to the staff at the resort for making this such a memorable experience.

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Hi Ladies,

 

Are there any Beaches T & C brides who customized their wedding colors/look instead of going with one of the pre-set Martha packages? I've picked out individual items from the catalog but I'm having a hard time visualizing what they'll look like together and the wedding planners aren't able to help me. They won't do anything except send me to the same link for the wedding item catalog. I'm sure it'll all be great but it's just very hard to feel comfortable when I can't picture what it is I'm paying for.

 

Does anyone have any tips or pictures of their table settings using something other than the pre-set designs? The ones they offer do not go with my wedding colors and it's too late to change my colors now.

 

Thanks

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@@LeeLee1106 great question - I am curious about the same thing. I have my phone meeting with Roxi tomorrow.. I was planning on asking her similar questions. I would love any ideas!

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<p>Hey ladies! It was amazing!! Meg looked beautiful as you can see and it was so much fun to meet her and her friends/family. Here is our review:</p>

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<p>Our stay was from December 3, 2014 through December 13, 2014 with our wedding occurring on December 6, 2014. We had 28 guests. 25 adults and 3 children (ages between 6 and 12). My little cousin did not want to leave the kids camp and was obsessed with the Xbox lounge. One of our guests didn't make it because he didn't realize his passport was expired so please urge your guests to double check and to also make sure it doesn't expire within a certain time period as different countries have different restrictions.

 

 

Travel: Traveled US Airways there and American Airlines on the return flight. They did not offer to hang my wedding dress so we put it in the overhead bin with no issues. Flight there was a little long with a layover in Charlotte, NC but flight back was nonstop back to Dallas which was so much nicer. Apparently American only offers the direct flight on Saturdays. Coming in and out of Turks was a breeze. The only thing that took a while was for our luggage on the arrival. On the return flight we did not abide by the 3 hour recommendation and actually left the resort around 3:00 p.m. to catch our 4:50 p.m. flight out and had no issues at all. Our family and friends did abide by the suggestion and agreed that there was no reason to get there that early. The shuttle was waiting when we arrived so no issues there. They run pretty regularly so if there isn't one, the longest you would wait would be 5-10 minutes.

 

 

Check In - Greeted with a cocktail. Luggage was taken care of. You will be required to fill out some paperwork but no big deal. Check in starts at 3:00 pm so if you get there earlier your room will most likely not be ready just yet. We suggest bringing a bathing suit in your carry on and enjoying the resort while you wait. We were upgraded in the Caribbean Village to adjoining rooms with a king-size bed in one room and a dining room table and sleeper sofa in the other room. It was a very nice room and we had no complaints. Tryston helped unload all of our things and was AMAZING. He brought us whatever we needed and even surprised us with a cheese, cracker, &amp; fresh fruit tray. Later in the trip he gave us a very sweet card and brought us champagne. We LOVED Tryston. We stayed in the Caribbean Village and really enjoyed it due to the accessibility to the beach. Any room you stay in will be good unless you are just an extremely picky person. Italian Village had the most families. Key West was very nice and expensive, it had more of a low key feel. We didn't see the French Village rooms but the pool was very nice. They were renovating some of the Caribbean Village walk out suites while we were there and they looked AMAZING.

 

 

Weather - It was beautiful the entire time we were there. The weather was about 80 degrees each day and sunny. There were a couple of days where it was a little hazier but then it would clear up. On our wedding day it rained for about 10 minutes and then it cleared up and there was a beautiful rainbow in the background.

 

 

Restaurants - Some of the restaurants were not open for all of the listed meals due to the resort not being as busy when we traveled. My matron of honor is gluten free and they did a great job accommodating her at the resort. You must go to the culinary desk though and advise them in advance. They will ask you to let them know where you want to eat 24 hours in advance which was kind of a pain but she made it work. She said that the staff was amazing. You can also advise the desk 24 hours in advance if you want crab legs as Schooners as an appetizer.

 

Side Note - We loved that it wasn't as crowded but that is personal preference. There was only one other earlier wedding the day we got married but on the Saturday we left they had 7 scheduled so it gets significantly busier.

 

Cafe De Paris the best coffee. We went there almost every morning to grab a cappuccino or the beaches caramel. They also have light breakfast options (cereal, croissants, little sandwiches) and mini desserts. In the evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm they have a chocolate fountain.

 

Reflections - Probably the best breakfast selection. It is a buffet and they had a great omelet station. They were open for lunch as well but we never went there.

 

Bayside - Second best breakfast. Also a buffet but it is situated in the Key West Village and had a much better view than Reflections. They also had a great dinner buffet and a bonfire area right out front that has live music so you can grab some dinner, sit, and listen to music.

 

Bella Napoli - Great pizza! This was our regular lunch selection as you can take it to go. It usually took about 15-20 minutes to be ready but it might be longer depending on how busy the resort is.

 

Arizona's - My husband loved the ribs. I didn't eat here but the margarita was yummy. They do have a lunch station with jerk chicken, jerk pork, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, etc. that was also very good. If we didn't have pizza for lunch we ate at the station.

 

Barefoot - We had breakfast and lunch here. Both order restaurants not buffet style. Food was decent, nothing spectacular but right on the sand. The shrimp skewers I had were pretty good and so was the steak and eggs.

 

Sky - Scenery is the best of the restaurants but breakfast was not very good for me. I had the omelet. My husband had the fish and said it was very good. Other friends had the omelet and didn't like it so it could have just been that one meal. We only went for breakfast but they do have dinner options.

 

Neptunes - This is tied for my favorite dinner along with Sappodillas and Le Petite. I had the seafood chowder which was very good and my husband had the special (can't remember what is was). Everyone who ate there with us enjoyed.

 

Schooners - Decent food. I enjoyed the crab legs very much and the lobster risotto.

 

Dinos - Not the best food but convenient to take and run. Pizza (not as good as Bella), grilled cheese, sandwiches, etc.

 

Marios - We actually did not like the food at Marios. Breakfast was cold and dinner was okay. I will say that the special the lamb shank was VERY good so if you go, just go for that. The meatballs were pretty good as well.

 

Giuseppe's - Didn't eat there

 

Cricketeers' - Didn't eat there. Did play pool there which was fun, it has a good atmosphere.

 

Bobby Dee's - Decent food. Open all night. GREAT onion rings. Basically quick fried food. Great place for kids though and late night snacking.

 

Sapadillas - Good food. This is where we had our honeymoon dinner. It is one of the fancier restaurants. I had the lobster and my husband had the venison. Both were yummy and the dessert was good too. They designed our dessert dish to congratulate use which was very sweet.

 

Le Petite - Very good food. We had the lobster special and it was delicious. The french onion soup was very good as well. This is a fancier restaurant as well. It requires men to wear slacks and closed shoes.

 

Soy - Good sushi. We love sushi so I would order a lot because the portions are a little small.

 

Kimonos - Fun but not your typical Japanese steakhouse so don't expect the same sort of thing. They sang kid songs and some newer pop songs. No fancy tricks or anything. They give you a variety of chicken, steak, fish, and shrimp so you don't order here. The menu is there to just give you an idea of what to expect.

 

 

Drinks/Bars:

 

Note - There is limited wine if you are a wine drinker. Only Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay for white and Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for red.

 

Favorite Drink - Mojito and Planter's Punch

 

Favorite Bartender - No idea his name but he can usually be found at the center bar in the Italian Village. He is known for saying "Why Not". He was the life of the party and gave my grandmother too many drinks haha Make sure you look for him.

 

Favorite Bars - We enjoyed all of the pool bars of course but we also really liked the Bayside bar due to the scenery and the live music. Turtles has live music after 9:30 so we went there a lot for dancing.

 

Beach - Absolutely breathtaking. All sorts of activities but it does depend on the water, if the flags are red everything is on hold.

 

Wedding - AMAZING in every way. Comanique was our Wedding Coordinator and she was fabulous. She tells it like it is, which I love. I had read some negative reviews on her and they are absolutely NOT true. Please request her. We originally had selected Saturday at sunset but switched to four based on her suggestion since we purchased the traditional photo package and wanted to make sure we had some light for the photos. Our welcome dinner was on the lawn near Schooners and was great. We had the duck, fish, and chocolate cheesecake, everyone said it was great. Our wedding was at the Arizona beach and was perfect. We just had the white structure with fuchsia linen and white chairs. It was truly beautiful, with the view you don't need to add much. Pastor Howell completed the service and had a very nice message. We had our own vows. We upgraded my husband's free massage to a couple's massage and it was perfect. Breakfast in bed was delicious.

 

 

Photos- James Bond &amp; Jimmie James were our photographers and they were AMAZING. I requested less formal pictures and more candid ones and they delivered. They were easy to work with and very accommodating. I highly recommend them if using Beaches photography. Our package included two brag books, 25 thank you cards, and a photo album which we have already been able to review. The photos turned out great and it was very difficult to choose which ones. The album came out really great as well. I will caution you that it takes several hours to choose your photos so go in prepared. Comanique warned us so we just sipped on our cocktails and enjoyed the experience. They even put a couple of our photos in the window which was fun to see.

 

 

Tours - We wanted to use our credit for a catamaran cruise and spoke with both Sandra &amp; Alla to coordinate. Due to the water being choppy it kept getting cancelled which is disappointing. However, there was a private one scheduled the day before we were to leave and Alla spoke with one of the higher ups (not sure of his exact title) Andre and got us on an excursion to Iguana Island. It was so sweet of her to go through all of that trouble for us and we greatly appreciated it.

 

 

It truly was an amazing vacation for all of those involved. Everyone raved about their experience. We cannot say thank you enough to the staff at the resort for making this such a memorable experience.</p>

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Hello everyone!

 

I was hoping I could help us with any information on having T&C wedding at the Beaches Resort. Our date will be July 2018, but I am not sure where to begin. Should I contact a travel agency, or Beaches direct. This is my first time getting married so want it to be as perfect as can be! I have been reading so many blogs on weddings and recommendations, but not sure who is the best person to contact to start the process and also if Beaches is a great resort for it. I will have about 25 people and have a lot of kids in my family, so was thinking because of their accommodation it was the best direction to take, and maybe my fiance and I stay at another one. Please help! Thanks!

 

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    • The Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator can be used to calculate BMI value and corresponding weight status while taking age into consideration. Use the "Metric Units" tab for the International System of Units or the "Other Units" tab to convert units into either US or metric units. Note that the calculator also computes the Ponderal Index in addition to BMI, both of which are discussed below in detail. Reference BMI is a measurement of a person's leanness or corpulence based on their height and weight, and is intended to quantify tissue mass. Although BMI has limitations in that it is an estimate that cannot take body composition into account, it can be used as a general indicator of a healthy body weight based on a person's height. The value obtained from the calculation of BMI is widely used to categorize whether a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese depending on what range the value falls between. These ranges of BMI vary based on factors such as region and age, and are sometimes further divided into subcategories such as severely underweight or very severely obese. As previously mentioned however, due to a wide variety of body types as well as distribution of muscle, bone mass, and fat, BMI should be considered along with other measurements rather than being used as the sole method for determining a person's "healthy" body weight.   Body Mass Index Formula Below are the equations used for calculating BMI in the International System of Units (SI) and the US customary system (USC) using a 5'10", 160-pound individual as an example: USC Units: BMI = 703× mass (lbs)   height2 (in)  = 703× 160   702  = 22.96 kg   m2 SI, Metric Units: BMI =  mass (kg)   height2 (m)  =  72.57   1.782  = 22.90 kg   m2 Ponderal Index The Ponderal Index (PI) is similar to BMI in that it measures the leanness or corpulence of a person based on their height and weight. The main difference between the PI and BMI is the cubing rather than squaring of the height in the formula (provided below). While BMI can be a useful tool when considering large populations, it is not reliable for determining leanness or corpulence in individuals. Although the PI suffers from similar considerations, the PI is more reliable for use with very tall or short individuals, while BMI tends to record uncharacteristically high or low body fat levels for those on the extreme ends of the height and weight spectrum. Below is the equation for computing the PI of an individual using USC, again using a 5'10", 160-pound individual as an example: USC Units: PI =  height (in)   ∛mass (lbs)  =  70   ∛160  = 12.89 in   ∛lbs SI, Metric Units: PI =  mass (kg)   height3 (m)  =  72.57   1.783  = 12.87 kg   m3   BMI Table for Adults This is the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommended body weight based on BMI values for adults. It is used for both men and women, age 18 or older. Category BMI range - kg/m2 Severe Thinness < 16 Moderate Thinness 16 - 17 Mild Thinness 17 - 18.5 Normal 18.5 - 25 Overweight 25 - 30 Obese Class I 30 - 35 Obese Class II 35 - 40 Obese Class III > 40   >> Read more: BMI Online
    • After the wedding, the wedding dress purchased at a high price can be kept in the wardrobe, or it can be sold as a second-hand wedding dress for some cash. If you're in the market to sell your wedding dress or looking to buy a used one, you may be tempted to turn to large online marketplaces like Ebay and Craigslist. While these popular websites are great for listing and buying everyday purchases, a website specifically for used wedding dresses can probably offer you a better deal and a more user-friendly service for this very niche (and important) wedding day purchase.  Tips for Selling Used Wedding Dresses
      Whether you aren't the sentimental type or you're just savvy, selling your used wedding dress is an easy way to recoup some money from your wedding. If your dress is in good condition, consider listing it online over selling it to a thrift store, where your listing will reach a greater volume of potential buyers and can be more easily shared and promoted. A used wedding dress in great condition and under two years old can usually sell for 50 percent of the retail price. And, if your dress is a more recognizable brand like Oscar de la Renta or Vera Wang, you could make closer to 60 percent of its retail value. Even if your gown isn't designer, don't give up hope—since there's a large demand for all kinds of second hand wedding dresses, a designer label doesn't necessarily mean your dress will sell faster. Not to mention, mermaid dresses are also in high demand, so you shouldn't worry if you're not a sample size. Tips for Buying Used Wedding Dresses
      Buying a used wedding dress can be a bit of a gamble, but as long you're cautious, it's a thrifty way to snag a designer wedding dress for half the retail value. Plus, if you get lucky and buy a wedding dress from someone with a similar body type, you may not have to make too many alterations, which also cuts down on your costs. As long as the gown you found looks to be in good condition (if you can't see it in person, make sure photos show it clearly from all angles or ask to Skype with the seller to get a better look), a used wedding gown can be a terrific deal. A few tips: Since your dress will have to be custom-tailored to your body regardless, a larger size is easier to work with where alterations are concerned. Fabric can always be subtracted, but adding more fabric that perfectly matches the rest of the gown can be difficult (not to mention expensive!). And because you're getting the wedding dress for a steal, you can put some of the money you save toward making sure it fits like a glove (and some extra dry-cleaning if necessary).
    • When brides takes off her wedding dress and begins her marriage life,the first problem after wedding is to modify her name. You have a marriage license with your new last name, doesn't mean you've officially changed your name. Which aspects should be paid attention to to change the surname?
      1. Get your marriage license.
      Before you can change your name, you'll need the original (or certified) marriage license with the raised seal. Call the clerk's office where your license was filed to get copies if one wasn't automatically sent to you. 2. Change your Social Security card.
      Visit the Social Security Administration's website and fill out the application for a new Social Security card. You'll keep the same number—just your name will be different. Mail in your application to the local Social Security Administration office. You should get your new card within 10 business days. 3. Change your license at the DMV.
      Take a trip to the local Department of Motor Vehicles office to get a new license with your new last name. Bring every form of identification you can get your hands on—your old license, your certified marriage certificate and, most importantly, your new Social Security card. 4. Change your bank accounts.
      This one's a biggie, especially if you're setting up a joint bank account, or if you have one already set up. The fastest way to change your name at your bank is to go into a branch location, bringing your new driver's license and your marriage certificate. You should request new checks and debit and credit cards on top of changing the name attached to your accounts. Something to note: You might get hit with fees for requesting a new debit card. 5. Fill in the blanks
      Once you have a social security card and driver's license in your married name, other changes should be fairly easy. Some places only require a phone call; others may ask for a copy of your marriage certificate or social security card. Be sure to notify: -Employers/payroll
      -Post office
      -Electric and other utility companies
      -Credit card companies
      -Schools and alumni associations
      -Landlord or mortgage company
      -Insurance companies (auto, home, life)
      -Doctors' offices
      -Voter registration office
      -Investment account providers
      -Your attorney (to update legal documents, including your will)
      -Passport office
      -Airlines (to transfer over your miles)
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