With planning a wedding, there are certain things that come up that you never actually fully thought about before. One of my best friends (& bridesmaid) got me the most amazing wedding planning binder and I’ve been flipping through it nearly every day just trying to make sure I have a grip on things and know what to expect. Regardless of the fact that I have yet to set a date and therefore have no official timeline yet. But hey, better to be ahead then falling behind right?
I came across a chapter in the binder all about how to change your name, what you need to do, how much it’s going to cost, etc. While I was flipping through I couldn’t help the bittersweet feeling that krept up. My days as a Smith are officially numbered. HOLY COW. I’m not going to lie, I’ve obviously practiced writing Amanda Franco in dozens of day planners for years now (I’ve had an “A+J Wedding” Pinterest board for a mere 3 years to say the least) but I still never really thought about what changing my name would really feel like.
I’m such a daddy’s girl and being so close to my dad, and my uncles; I’ve grown up with great pride in being a “Smith,” as did my sister and my cousin. Even mentioning this mere transition to my sister literally makes her cry. She’s so sad that we won’t both be Smith’s anymore, but don’t worry Amilee, we’ll forever be the Smith Sisters no matter what 🙂
I’m also aware of the whole hyphenated name thing and still being able to keep my father’s name, but I do consider myself more traditional in that sense and while I love my current last name, I cannot wait to legally have my new one and to begin a life as a Franco with my amazing soon to be hubby!
What are your thoughts about changing your name?!? Does anyone feel the same way? Even if you’re not yet getting married, have you ever thought about what it would feel like saying adios to the name you’ve always known??
Let me know in the comments!