Category Archives: Wedding Planning Tips/Advice

Making Your Name Change a Breeze – Wedding Name Change Service

The terms ‘changing names’ and ‘breeze’ don’t usually go hand in hand in the same paragraph, but recently we stumbled across a very novel and innovative business. Saving brides the regular hassle that comes with contacting each company directly to figure out what process to follow, Easy Name Change is a new service that does most of the hard work for you.

Get the hard work done for you

Using a wedding name change service can help make changing your name after your wedding easy.  The service allows brides to navigate through almost a thousand listings to select all their government forms plus the necessary companies, like banks, credit cards, utilities, travel and shopping rewards, insurance and more. Next, you’ll be able to personalize any forms and letters, if required. After checking out you’re provided with a checklist of all your nominated companies and detailed filing procedures. All kits also come with a guide that explains the process for changing names, which always starts with filing form SS5 with social security. Not bad for $29.95.

It’s worth mentioning that no matter how good any personalized name change kit is, there will always be a small number of places where you simply must visit in person to get your name change organized, like the DMV and most banks. But for everything else you can save yourself virtually a full day’s work.

Or do it yourself

Around 95% of brides still manage their own name change, probably because they’re not aware of personalized name change kits! Should you decide to manage your own name change, here’s the steps you should take;

  1. Order a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the county clerk
  2. File your name change with the SSA using form SS5 Application for a Social Security card. Many agencies link records and won’t allow a name other than what currently appears on file with Social Security. Allow 2-3 days for SSA to update records
  3. File your name change with Californian DMV. Click here to make an appointment for faster service. Complete the original form DL 44 or DL 44C, available in any branch and take your current license and original certificate. Have a new photo taken and pay the $27 fee. You can also complete a DMV Statement of Facts form to update your title and registration at the same time.
  4. Update other government records. This may include voter registration and Medicare. Your passport should only be changed if you have no pending travel. Unless your passport has been issued within the past 12 months you’re hit for full renewal fees, so you may choose to hold off on this.
  5. Banks – most require you to attend a branch in person with updated photo ID, but it’s always best to check in advance. Update bank issued credit cards at the same time.
  6. Other credit cards – many can be updated by mail. Call the issuer to learn more
  7. If your policy was issued via an agent or broker they will lead the name change process. Otherwise call the company directly.
  8. Loyalty – travel rewards often require a form or letter. Most other rewards can be changed by logging in and updating your profile.
  9. Professional; eg, teachers, doctors, lawyers. Most are required to return a form or send a letter.

 Tips

  • Easy name change proves all the forms and letters where your name change needs to be done in writing. Otherwise set aside half a day, preferably a morning, to call around and learn what documents should be sent where.
  • Mid-week mornings are usually best as wait times are lower and you can get all your research done in just a couple hours.
  • Aim to have your name changed everywhere within 2-3 weeks, otherwise your name change can be dragged on for months or even years!

Tips for Navigating Bridal Bazaar

Sunday’s the big day… no not your wedding, but a show to help you plan it.  Bridal Bazaar can be awesome but can also be overwhelming.  Below find our tips for how to successfully make the most of the show.

If you are coming, stop by and say hello.  First Comes Love will be at BOOTH 131.

Bridal shows offer a great opportunity for you to interact with vendors.  Here is the First Comes Love recommended approach for the best (and most productive) bridal show experience:

MAKE A LIST – Before you attend a bridal show, make a list of the vendors you still need.  While it can be fun to check out all of the vendors, you’ll want to focus on those that you still need to book for your wedding.

PRINT BUSINESS CARDS OR LABELS – Most wedding vendors will aim to collect your information when you visit their booth.  It can be very time-consuming (and redundant) to fill out their forms.  I recommend creating your own slips that include: Bride’s name, Groom’s name, wedding date, wedding location (if chosen), email, phone number and a notes section.  But remember, any information that you provide, the wedding vendor will use.  So if you only want to get emails, don’t put your phone number on it.  Also, the more information you provide, the easier it will be for the wedding vendor to provide you with information relevant to your wedding.  And only give your information to vendors who you actually want to hear from.

MY BIGGEST, BEST TIP – Do not, I repeat, DO NOT collect information from vendors that you are not interested in.  The worst thing a bride and groom can do is collect a bunch of fliers about wedding vendors.  I know it is tempting to pick up fliers from the vendors who are extending their arms toward you, but remember, whatever you put in that great big bag you were given when you walked in the door, you then have to go through.  Andafter a while, it will be hard to distinguish who you had a really good conversation with verses who had someone aggressively pushing their materials on you.

SPEND TIME WITH THE VENDORS – Here’s the deal.  On your wedding day, the people you hire are navigating the most important day of your life.  You want to make sure that your personalities mesh well with the vendors who will be on-site.  This is especially true with DJs, photographers and videographers.  This is your chance to see if you get a good vibe from these people.  Ask questions, talk about pricing and make sure that this is someone you want to spend your big day with.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS – Sometimes it is hard to know what to ask vendors.  I have a great list, so if you want mine, feel free to EMAIL ME or you can find lists of questions online.

ENJOY YOURSELVES – Planning your wedding is supposed to be fun.  If you have a full-service planner, navigate the show with them.  This can be a great way to do mini-consults with several vendors at once.  Your consultant can help you bypass the vendors who are not relevant to you and introduce you to their favorite vendors.  If you are flying solo, walk the show once without talking to any vendors and mark the ones you want to talk to.  Then go back a second time and actually talk to the vendors you like.

TAKE NOTES – Whether on paper or your BlackBerry, make notes on what you like about specific vendors.  Are they offering a set discount for the show?  Did they say something that really hit home?  The more notes you have, the easier the follow-up process will be.

Hopefully these tips will help as you plan your big day!

Things We Love: Vera Wang’s Wedding App

There are tons of resources to help plan your wedding, and we LOVE the new Vera Wang Wedding app – which is free through iTunes or the App Store through March 1.

Vera Wang helps you plan your wedding with her new iPad, iPhone and iPod touch app! This unique resource — recently named Apple’s iPad App of the Week! — includes Vera’s personal style advice, planning expertise, thousands of images and much more. A must-have for all brides!

Tips for Navigating Bridal Bazaar

Today’s the big day… no not your wedding, but a show to help you plan it.  Bridal Bazaar can be awesome but can also be overwhelming.  Below find our tips for how to successfully make the most of the show.

If you are coming, stop by and say hello.  First Comes Love will be at BOOTH 404.

Bridal shows offer a great opportunity for you to interact with vendors.  Here is the First Comes Love recommended approach for the best (and most productive) bridal show experience:

MAKE A LIST – Before you attend a bridal show, make a list of the vendors you still need.  While it can be fun to check out all of the vendors, you’ll want to focus on those that you still need to book for your wedding.

PRINT BUSINESS CARDS OR LABELS – Most wedding vendors will aim to collect your information when you visit their booth.  It can be very time-consuming (and redundant) to fill out their forms.  I recommend creating your own slips that include: Bride’s name, Groom’s name, wedding date, wedding location (if chosen), email, phone number and a notes section.  But remember, any information that you provide, the wedding vendor will use.  So if you only want to get emails, don’t put your phone number on it.  Also, the more information you provide, the easier it will be for the wedding vendor to provide you with information relevant to your wedding.  And only give your information to vendors who you actually want to hear from.

MY BIGGEST, BEST TIP – Do not, I repeat, DO NOT collect information from vendors that you are not interested in.  The worst thing a bride and groom can do is collect a bunch of fliers about wedding vendors.  I know it is tempting to pick up fliers from the vendors who are extending their arms toward you, but remember, whatever you put in that great big bag you were given when you walked in the door, you then have to go through.  Andafter a while, it will be hard to distinguish who you had a really good conversation with verses who had someone aggressively pushing their materials on you.

SPEND TIME WITH THE VENDORS – Here’s the deal.  On your wedding day, the people you hire are navigating the most important day of your life.  You want to make sure that your personalities mesh well with the vendors who will be on-site.  This is especially true with DJs, photographers and videographers.  This is your chance to see if you get a good vibe from these people.  Ask questions, talk about pricing and make sure that this is someone you want to spend your big day with.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS – Sometimes it is hard to know what to ask vendors.  I have a great list, so if you want mine, feel free to EMAIL ME or you can find lists of questions online.

ENJOY YOURSELVES – Planning your wedding is supposed to be fun.  If you have a full-service planner, navigate the show with them.  This can be a great way to do mini-consults with several vendors at once.  Your consultant can help you bypass the vendors who are not relevant to you and introduce you to their favorite vendors.  If you are flying solo, walk the show once without talking to any vendors and mark the ones you want to talk to.  Then go back a second time and actually talk to the vendors you like.

TAKE NOTES – Whether on paper or your BlackBerry, make notes on what you like about specific vendors.  Are they offering a set discount for the show?  Did they say something that really hit home?  The more notes you have, the easier the follow-up process will be.

Hopefully these tips will help as you plan your big day!