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By Allison Videtti
Vows have been taken, toasts have been given and first dances have been waltzed (or, if you’re like me, they’ve been stumbled through in an extremely weak attempt at dancing).
In any case, the big day has come and gone, and you’re finally married. Now the real fun can begin – updating documents!
Marriage is more than a romantic union between you and the man/woman of your dreams. It’s also a legal agreement, and that means telling your financial institutions, your employer, and the many other companies you do business with about your new status.
Pro Tip: To make your life easier, be sure to request multiple copies of your marriage license. You’ll need them to update nearly everything, and making a photocopy often won’t do – some places will require a certified copy. They are supposed to return it to you, but don’t always, which is why you should order multiples. (My husband and I ordered five copies and we only have one left.)
Once you have your marriage license in hand, it’s time to get to work. Here are the accounts and documents you want to be sure to update after saying “I Do”:
Sit down and make a list of all the accounts you have, and try to make a dent in them each week. Just don’t be surprised if a year or two later, you discover a random magazine subscription or long-lost retail account that you forgot to update. You’ll get to all of them eventually!