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And you thought the logistics were over once you said your I do’s! Changing your name can seem like one of those tasks that drags on forever (I speak from personal experience!), but our checklist will at least help you track your progress, and our tips might make things a little easier. And if you’re not planning to change your name? Just sit back and enjoy that new husband of yours!

P.S. Ready for even more tips for newlywed life? Purchase the Southern Weddings Planner! It has an entire section devoted to getting you off on the right foot :)

To do: Get your marriage license
Fee: About $20
Notes: An original, or certified, copy of your marriage license will be required before you speak to other agencies. Call the clerk’s office where your license was filed to get copies.

To do: Change your social security card
Fee: Free
Notes: Fill out the Social Security Administration’s application for a new card. Take or mail your application and required documents to your local SSA office.

To do: Update your driver’s license
Fee: About $10 (usually paid by cash or check)
Notes: In most states, this must be done in person, so prepare yourself for a trip to the DMV. Bring your original license, your marriage certificate, and your new Social Security card. Be sure to wait 24-36 hours after changing your name with the SSA before heading to the DMV.

To do: Update your bank accounts
Fee: Usually free
Notes: Request the change in person at your local branch (bring your new driver’s license and marriage certificate). Ask for new checks and debit and credit cards, as well (there might be a fee for these).

To do: Apply for a new passport
Fee: $140
Notes: The fees and process change depending on whether your current passport was issued within the last year. Except to wait 4-6 weeks for processing. Find more info here.

Checked off all of the above? Use our free downloadable (printer-friendly!) list to guide you as you work through all of the other accounts you might need to update. And here’s a Pinterest-friendly reminder if your wedding isn’t for a few months!

I’d love to hear: did you change your name? How did you find the process? I thought it was fairly painless, but the email switcheroo was probably the worst!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Elyse reply

    My family takes part in a more rare Southern tradition of going by their middle names, started in part out of necessity, by the males in the family (All those James’ get confusing after a while). I am the youngest and only female, but the tradition was kept alive. I am getting married in May and have absolutely no idea how to drop my first name to go by my middle, maiden, and new last name. I have been told it’s much trickier in a post 9/11 world. Any tips for middle namers? Am I the only one with this issue? I know it’s a pretty old tradition, maybe it’s died out?

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Though your wedding might be your first chance to have professional photos taken of the two of you, we certainly hope it’s not your last! Candids and snapshots tell an important part of any relationship’s story, but a thoughtfully planned and executed portrait session can also be a meaningful and beautiful way to mark time. And because another year of marriage is the perfect opportunity to book a session, here are our six best tips for planning anniversary photos!

1. Choose a meaningful location. Maybe it’s your newlywed home, the park you take walks in every night after dinner, or the coffee shop you frequent on Saturday mornings. Whatever it is for you, choose a location that helps tell the story of this moment in your life.

2. Don’t go overboard on props. Cluttering the frame with piles of styling items takes the focus off the best part: your smiling faces! As these photos from Maggie Colleta so beautifully demonstrate, simple photos with a classic aesthetic will stand the test of time. Let your location and your outfits provide the context! (Whether you choose black tie attire or cut-off jean shorts, what you wear can add so much to the photos!)

3. Do, however, make a nod to your wedding. Since this is an anniversary session, we love the idea of including a detail that echos your wedding day. Ask your photographer to take a close-up shot of your rings, or wear the same shoes you sported when you said I do.

4. Do your hair and makeup. Are you a whiz at applying blush and curling your hair? Fantastic! You’re probably good to get yourself prettified. Are you anything like me, and can barely brush on mineral foundation? Do yourself a favor and hire a professional (or bring in a talented friend!). Nothing too fancy or “done,” of course, but even a little extra polish can help you feel confident and in love with the final images.

5. Take the opportunity to reminisce. During your session, you’ll likely be hugging, kissing, holding hands, and walking side by side — and your phone will be off to the side! In between clicks, use this free-from-distractions time to remind each other of your favorite memories from your wedding day, and from the year or years that followed. “Remember when…?”

6. Make a date of it. Don’t let those cute outfits and good hair days go to waste! Make a dinner reservation for that evening and toast to a beautiful year of growing in love!

Photography: Maggie Colletta Photography | Florals: Abany Bauer | Venue: Serenbe | Hair and Makeup: Joanna with Irrelephant Blog

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Pineapple bowling on the beach, anyone?! While this oh-so-Southern twist on a cocktail hour staple has to be my favorite element from today’s wedding inspiration, there is so much more to love! The team at JLeslie Designs blended coastal and traditional Southern style together effortlessly, from the monogrammed details to the framed family photos to the oyster-topped cake. Take a peek below, and let me know your favorite part in the comments!

Big hugs to Marianne Lucille for these photos!

From Jenna Coleman of JLeslie Designs:

In planning for a summer styled shoot, we noticed that few seem to take advantage of the beach landscape that is so close to us here in Savannah. It makes for the perfect wedding backdrop, though it is often only chosen for the ceremony. We decided to plan our shoot for the dunes area just before the flat of the beach, but with the lighthouse in the background. We wanted to incorporate Savannah Vintage Rental’s unique pieces to really create a sense of a room in such a vast setting. We went with the Hayes gown by Sarah Seven because of its feminine feel and movement, perfect for the breeze of the beach. We incorporated oyster elements in the invitation design, and from there, we decided to do oyster place cards and use oysters as a cake topper to tie in the concept. I wanted any of my wood signage to have similar tones as driftwood to create a natural look. This shoot was a joy to design, a dream to work with these vendors, and a blast to model in!

Photographer: Marianne Lucille Photography | Design and Signage: JLeslie Designs | Bridal Salon: Ivory and Beau | Venue: Tybee Island | Calligraphy: Ashley Curry | Cake Baker: Baker’s Pride Bakery | Cookies: Byrd Cookie Company | Hair stylist: Foil Hair Salon | Florals: Joshua Grotheer Designs | China: Lillian’s China | Bride’s dress: Sarah Seven | Rentals: Savannah Vintage Rentals

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  1. avatar Hannah reply

    Love this shoot! The pineapple bowling is a brilliant idea – I’ve never seen anything like that before!

  2. avatar Joshua Grotheer reply

    Many thanks for featuring our shoot! It was a dream to work with such wonderful friendors here in Savannah.

  3. avatar Skylar Caitlin reply

    The coconut pineapple bowling is too cute!! Your wedding’s location lends itself to instant personalization opportunities. Thinking of ways to inject that personality into features you already know you’ll have – like lawn games – is a great way to engage guests.

  4. avatar Marianne Brown reply

    This shoot was so fun! I had an amazing time getting everything together and working with all the vendors involved. This shoot definitely has lots of that laid back southern charm personality to it. Thank you again for featuring the shoot on your beautiful blog!

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