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#1 daizyduke

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    Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:23 PM

    ok...let me start by saying, I am probably over thinking this...but...


    When you sign your marriage lisence, do you sign it with your name and "maiden name" or a new signature with you "new last name", since you are technically now man and wife....


    (This is assuming your are going to change your name after the marriage)


    if I don't ask now, I can see myself asking when I am signing...

    #2 june11bride

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      Posted 27 July 2011 - 11:12 PM

      I'm pretty sure they just tell you to sign your maiden name because it has nothing to do with changing your name-- the guy was very helpful in the moment, he just said, sign as it says on your passport (and of course my passport was my maiden name). I don't think the marriage licence has anythign to do with changing your name, that's something you would do later, which means you just have to sign with your legal name at the time.

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      #3 skp1

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        Posted 28 July 2011 - 05:55 AM

        I'm pretty sure mine was a like any other legal document where my name was printed with a line above to sign - so whatever is printed is what you'll sign.  Don't worry - your officiant will walk you through it.

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        #4 JayKay

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        Posted 28 July 2011 - 09:38 AM

        This is something I hadn't even thought about before!

        #5 torilynnsmith

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          Posted 28 July 2011 - 09:43 AM

          At my friends wedding this past weekend (I was MOH and therefore had to sign) she signed her Maiden name.  She wasn't sure either but in rehearsal she asked the priest who informed her to use her maiden name.


          I think this is pretty standard!

          #6 meBonidie2be

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            Posted 28 July 2011 - 12:14 PM

            This is an excellent question. Keep us from looking silly in the moment!

            #7 CanadianLindsey

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              Posted 28 July 2011 - 12:33 PM

              You use your maiden name since you cannot legally change your name until you have your marriage certificate(which takes a few weeks/days to be processed after your ceremony)

              #8 daizyduke

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                Posted 28 July 2011 - 03:19 PM

                Thanks everyone for the responses...


                Glad to see other people didn't know the answer to this one off hand...

                #9 Bruuning17

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                  Posted 29 July 2011 - 08:16 AM

                  I'm glad you asked, I wouldn't have known for sure either, so its nice to have an answer now rather than feeling silly for asking at the time you are signing! :)

                  #10 canadiangirl

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                    Posted 03 August 2011 - 10:39 AM

                    lol i was unsure about this too, so i actually asked my W/C lol you sign using your maiden name....due to the fact that it is a legal document so what ever is on your birth cert. is what you wright on the marriage cert.

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