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Double-Barrelled Surnames.... I do or I don't?

21 Jun 2012

Nee’s up - To take or not to take his name?

The far-fetched dreams you had as a young girl, scrawling Prince Charming’s surname on your diary may be just a distant memory, as now it is just as common for a bride-to-be to cherish their maiden names as it is to inherit their bridegroom’s surname.

It appears that assuming your bridegroom’s surname is not just a boring admin element of the marriage process, but also rather a fundamental aspect of changing your image to be the new ‘Mrs’. This image change is proving more of a predicament rather than a celebration for half of UK brides. According to the UK Deed Poll Service fifty percent choose to keep their maiden or birth names.

So, if you find yourself in this confusion, why not merge yours and your bridegroom’s names together and have a double-barrelled surname? Although double-barrelled surnames used to be the preserve of families joining estates together through marriage, now they are allegedly the mark of more up-market families or are indicative of an indecisive bride! So why not on paper, indulge in some snobbery and opt for a double-barreled surname, then the only predicament will be in which order to have the names!

We have put a list together of some of our favourite celebrities re-imagined in a more cosmopolitan manner! Can you think of anymore? Let us know!

  • Will Angelina become Angelina Jolie-Pitt?
  • Could Elizabeth Taylor ever have been Elizabeth Burton-Taylor?
  • Or, how about Rochelle Humes-Wiseman?
  • You could take it up a notch: Catherine Douglas- Zeta- Jones?
  • Beyonce and Jay- Z have in fact announced the surname hybrid. Although Ivy Blue Knowles-Carter somehow doesn’t have a ring to it…

For some more tips on how to change your name after marriage visit deedpoll.org

Geeta x

Chief Wedding Consultant

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