First comes love, then comes marriage. Then comes waiting in line, being placed on hold, and, eventually (after a considerable struggle), getting your name changed. That’s how the old saying goes, right? No? Well, excuse us, we still have hold music ringing in our ears.
If you’re a new bride (or groom!), the name change process can be daunting. Where do you start? Who do you call? Where do you go? Changing your name on your marriage certificate is super simple, but doesn’t have the ripple effect you would suspect. Trips to the DMV and calls to the Social Security Office aren’t where the buck stops. Bank accounts, credit cards, and health insurance all need to be updated. Phone bill? Need to get that changed. Utilities? For sure, change ’em. 401K? Loans?? Email signatures??? Yes, yes, and yes.
On average, name-changers spend 13 hours (!) playing the name change game. That’s 13 hours of calling, waiting on hold, waiting in line, taking deep breaths, trying to hold it together, looking calm but unraveling inside. Imagine what better things you could do with those 13 hours. You could fly to Paris and back. You could binge-watch all of Stranger Things on Netflix and then some. Or you could actually make your floral arrangements, because who needs a florist when you have 13 spare hours to do it yourself? (Er, actually, maybe you should leave that one to the florist.)
The point is, the name-changing process is totally draining and time-consuming. It’s confusing and seemingly never-ending (remember to change your Facebook profile, too!) But, there is another way. HitchSwitch is a name-changing service that fills out the forms for you and makes sure they’re sent to the right places. It takes about three minutes to get started on HitchSwitch which means, by our calculation, you have an extra 12 hours and 57 minutes on your hands to do whatever you want.
How does it work? In a super simple three-step process, you’ll save yourself the trip back in time to 1995 to fax a billion forms (and, uh, also learn how to use a fax machine #2017.) You’ll start by logging on to the HitchSwitch website and providing some crucial deets (your name, address, wedding date), but nothing too sensitive that you’d rather fill in yourself (social security number, driver’s license number.) You’ll choose how hands-on (or hands-off!) you want to be in the process and go from there. With three packages and three different price points, HitchSwitch is sure to have something that’s just right, even for the most frugal of brides.
- Do-it-yourself: Have a printer? Know someone who does? Print the pre-filled forms yourself and be the go-getter that you are. $29
- Personal assistant: Not quite your maid-of-honor (but close), but you’ll be treated to pre-filled forms, mailed straight to you (no printer required), with tabs indicating where to sign. Pre-addressed envelopes make the process super easy, so you can relax. $69
- Personal assistant on crack: The personal assistant, full-service package, but even better. Enjoy the name change concierge and a passport photo (you’ll need it for that honeymoon!) $89
And, if you still need convincing, take a look at these shining, stress-free faces of newlyweds who claimed their names with HitchSwitch. With a streamlined process and pre-filled forms, the name-change game has never been easier to win.
Now, get back to those floral arrangements.