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Beauty 101: Tips from the Pros to Create Your Wedding Day Look

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It’s all about the look — from getting the bridal glow and face-framing ‘do to finding the world’s greatest shade of lipstick for your perfect pout! We’re getting all the insights from some of the best hair and makeup artists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area including their best pro tips and products they can’t do without.

(It’s all captured by some of the best wedding photogs out there, so keep scrolling for some serious wedding inspo here!)

Get the Glow

Artist: Styles by Vero | @stylesbyvero

Beauty 101: Tips from the Pros to Create Your Wedding Day Look

What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? It is hard to pick just one but If I have to choose from my kit I will totally keep one product to prepare the skin. A hyaluronic acid serum will lock the hydration on the bride skin and keep that glow for hours. 

What is your go-to beauty brand? Definitely Estee Lauder – Classic, elegant yet long lasting and waterproof. 

How to achieve a glam beauty look? I always start asking my client what she loves more about her face features: eyes, lips , cheeks. Then I design for her a glam beauty look using a statement pair of eyelashes or a bold lip color. The key: keep the client essence and have fun.

Any advice for a bride who is wanting to use a hair piece on her wedding day? Try to match the headpiece design with your wedding dress and jewelry. Before you select one, try to decide if you want your hair up or down.

Photo: Laning Photography

 

Lasting Lips

Artist: AshleyDrew Artistry | @ashleydrewartistry

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What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? My must have product on a wedding day is lashes! No better way to make your eyes pop in all the photos then beautiful lashes. 

What is your go-to beauty brand? My go to beauty brand is Becca Cosmetics. I absolutely love there liquid highlighter in opal. It truly allows every bride to have a glow.

Matte vs. glossy lip color? Pros and cons! I love a glossy lip! My favorite is moonglow by Marc Jacobs beauty. By placing a little bit of glow in the center of the lip it gives the perfect pout, giving the illusion that your lips are fuller. Matte lipstick is gorgeous in photos but can feel drying at times. Add a little bit of Bite Beauty agave lip mask underneath to keep your lips nice and hydrated.

How to make your lip look last? My favorite tip to make your lips last longer is using a lip liner. Line your lip not just on the edges of your lips, fill them completely in. Dab a little translucent powder over your lips before you apply your lipstick. This will help them last all night!

Photo: Bertha Torres Photography

 

Pretty in Pink

Artist: Baleigh Kerr Hair & Makeup | @baleighkerrmakeup

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What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

What is your go-to beauty brand? MAC Cosmetics 

How to work pretty, soft pinks into your palette? A great way to work soft pinks into your makeup look is using a cream product. It can simply be swept over you eyes, cheeks and lips!

What is the perfect occasion for a classic updo? Any formal event is the perfect time for a classic updo!

Photo: Lorena Burns Photography

 

The Sleek Look

Artist: byLOMUNS| @beautybylomuns

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What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? This is so hard to answer but I would definitely say Hourglass Ambient Lighting in Luminous Light. It helps create a natural glow that mimics skin and allows the skin to appear dewy without too much highlight.

What is your go-to beauty brand? My go to beauty brand is Morphe. I am ride or die for all their shadows and brushes! Even their lip glosses are beautiful.

How to achieve a sleek makeup look? A sleek makeup look can be achieved with dewy skin, light eyes and a bold lip! It is so important to make sure the skin looks like skin, and not cake-y, while still having the skin look like it is glowing from within. Add a good blush and sculpted contour, a sleek look can be achieved.

Picking the best shade of bold lip for your look? It all depends on the color scheme and the skin tone of the client. Red can be tricky because it can cause the teeth to appear more yellow than they are, so it’s also important to take that into consideration when choosing a bold lip. If choosing any bold lip, it’s so important that it has cool undertones to avoid that!

Photo: Nate & Grace Photography

 

Freshen Up

Artist: Tease to Please Hair & Makeup | @teasetopleasehairandmakeup

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What is your one product must have on a wedding day? Big Sexy Hair Powder Play. It’s a texture powder that helps tease oh so perfectly. And false lashes.

What is your go-to beauty brand? Anything Kenra or Aquage

What style gown pairs best with a braid crown? A braid crown could go with any gown. I would say the normal would be a boho dress, but it could be super pretty with an elegant sleek satin white dress.

How to achieve a soft glam makeup look?  Start with depth in the crease (I usually use brown) and a soft shimmer on the lid. Add a crisp wing liner and false lashes. Do your normal thing with foundation, brows and mascara. Take a neutral pink lipliner and overline the lips just a bit. Fill with a color that’s one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. Use a blush that is in the same color family as your lipstick. Sweep some highlight on those cheek bones to give you that bridal glow!

Photo: Ben Q. Photography

 

Custom Beauty

Artist: WZ Beauty Studio | @wzbeautystudio

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What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? A must have for your wedding day is a lip color for touch ups. For those moments to freshen up before walking the aisle, or after your I do, and before cutting the cake. Where you will be photographed closely by your photographer and guests. 

What is your go-to beauty brand? For those who know of me they will say I’m a MAC cosmetic guru. I do add-on products to my kit like my private line WZ Beauty and MUFE. They mix so well and create a stunning masterpiece.

Tell us about your beauty line. I’m passionate about beauty and making other women feel confident and beautiful. So, it was my dream to have a private makeup line that I could share with my clients and brides. It is amazing! It’s a vegan and cruelty free line, packed with Vitamins A, C and E to protect you from free radicals. Highly pigmented and creamy rich finish. Make an appointment for a 1:1 consult or lesson. We would love to treat you like a beauty queen! 

How do you get the skin prepped for makeup? I always hydrate the skin with either a toner, serum or oil infused drops and massage into the skin. And don’t forget a must have for my brides – cooling eye pads to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Also, after consulting with my bride we determine what is the desired finish and look to make sure it is camera ready.

Photos: Sami Kathryn Photography

 

Get the Look

Artist: Jennifer Trotter – Lip Service Makeup | @lipservicemakeup

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What’s your makeup pro tip? Bronze and gold shadows light up green eyes, cheeks get definition with a peachy pink cream blush, and the whole look comes together with a custom blended bold burgundy/wine lip.

Describe this hairstyle. A redhead with a bold fringe gets a simple half-up style to show off gorgeous waves. 

What’s your one product must-have for a wedding day? Tarte – shape tape concealer, flawless full coverage.

How do you get the skin prepped for makeup? Sonia Roselli Sexapeel instant exfoliator, Waterbalm Skin Prep, Dr. Jart V7 Priming Moisturizer and Joeur Lip Conditioner.

Photo: Nevile Wedding Stories

 

Lash 101

Artist: Grand Slam Glam | @grandslamglam

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What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? A good primer and finishing spray is key! This helps the makeup endure the entire day and gives you a flawless finish from start to finish. 

What is your go-to beauty brand? We are always trying new products, but right now we are loving Two Faced and their melted lip collection. 

Lash 101 – how do you get the voluminous lash effect? We include false lashes in every service. We love a good Demi-whispie lash to draw the eye out and create a doe eyed effect. We finish it off with adding mascara and a fine liquid eyeliner line. 

Tell us about how to achieve the perfect highlight? Step 1 is choosing a highlighter – we prefer a powder highlighter that is applied as the last step in the makeup process. Step 2 is application method – we like to use a fan brush which provides the lightest coverage and looks dewy but still natural. For more shimmer payoff you can use a  stippling brush or a beauty blender sponge. Step 3 is application – the goal of highlighting is to bring out the high points of the face. This means we want to use highlighter on the brown bones, nose bridge, cheekbones and Cupid’s bow. Use a brush to sweep your highlighter in a windshield-wiper motion over the designated areas. Be sure to avoid the T-zone if you are prone to oiliness in that area.

Photo: The Lockharts

 

Warm Tone Look

Artist: JM Glamour | @jmglamour

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What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? I would have to say setting spray to ensure the makeup holds all day through sweat, tears and dancing! 

What is your go-to beauty brand? Oh jeez! I just love so many brands! If I have to pick, it would be Makeup Forever! Each of their products are great quality and work so well on all skin types!

When are warm tone beauty looks a must? I personally always love a good warm tone beauty look! It’s sexy and sultry! However, it’s definitely a must on women with warmer, yellow undertone skin!

When is a pulled back hair look ideal? When a bride is worried about their hair falling flat or thin, or even falling in their face throughout the night, I recommend setting the hair and pulling it back. It is an easier and more secure way to hold the volume and to avoid sweating hair from dancing all night. I also love the hair pulled back with a high neck or a gorgeous back dress!

Photo: Catie Ann Photography

 

Make a Statement

Artist: Etoilly Artistry | @etoillyartistry

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What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? For makeup, we CANNOT do makeup (okay, we can because we are professionals) without Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer! This primer smooths skin, minimizes pores and sets the perfect base for our airbrush foundation application. GAME CHANGER. For hair, our tried and true finishing spray is Kenra Volume Hairspray 25. The best hairspray for all hair types and styles!

What is your go-to beauty brand? This changes often, but our signature brand for almost every makeup look is Charlotte Tilbury. Her lipsticks, blushes, skin care products, bronzers… you name it, we buy it from CT!

How to make a statement with your wedding day beauty look? An easy way to turn heads is to make subtle changes to your bridal style throughout the event! If you are wearing your hair in a low, tousled bun, take your hair down at the reception and rock your worn waves! If you’re starting out your event with a bridal, nude lip, switch to a bolder hue for the dance floor.

What type of makeup look pairs well with a bold hair style? If you are wanting your hair style to be the talk of the party, we love pairing this look with a natural, glowing makeup look with a nude lip, bold lash, and light contour! Don’t be afraid of the highlighter, ladies!

Photos: Rachel Elaine Photography

 

Add Some Shimmer

Artist: The Styling Stewardess | @the_styling_stewardess

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What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? NARS American Woman – it’s the perfect color!

What is your go-to beauty brand? Redken for hair, Laura Mercier for makeup.

What to consider when planning your updo? The neckline and back of the dress! You don’t want to cover any big details of the dress or take away from the design.

Shimmer vs. matte eye looks – pros and cons! A little shimmer is great for brides and bridesmaids. It adds a nice bridal glow (too much and it can look too junior or too costume-y). Matte is great for moms. It gives a more natural look and is more age appropriate.

Photo: Avery Earl Photography

beauty products and tips

  1. Too Faced Melted Lip Collection – Grand Slam Glam
  2. Becca Cosmetics Liquid Highlighter in Opal – Ashley Drew Artistry
  3. Mac Cosmetics Prep + Prime – WZ Beauty Studio
  4. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – Baleigh Kerr Hair & Makeup
  5. Makeup Forever Artist Pencil in Free Burgundy – JM Glamour
  6. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – Etoilly Artistry
  7. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder – Styles by Vero
  8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting in Luminous Light – byLOMUNS
  9. Big Sexy Hair Powder Play – Tease to Please Hair & Makeup
  10. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – Jennifer Trotter
  11. Nars American Woman Powermatte Lip Pigment – The Styling Stewardess

A Guide to Wedding Planning From Home

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Social distancing is real but you still have to plan a wedding. Brides from all over have been asking us what to do about planning their big day during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team put our heads together and came up with the best ways to attend vendor appointments, handle cancellations and reduce planning stress. Read on for our advice!

A Guide to Wedding Planning From Home

How Do I Taste Test

You’re probably wondering, how am I supposed try my wedding cake options? Take time to drive up to your bakery’s storefront and curbside taste-test the many options from the comfort of your vehicle. This move reduces the risk of contracting the virus while increasing the likelihood of enjoying too much food!

How Will My Bridesmaids Help Me Pick Out Their Gowns

We all love FaceTime, especially group FaceTime. Connect with your bridesmaid boutique about video chatting with them plus your bridesmaids during your appointment time. This is a great time for you and all of your girlfriends to have fun, shop and catch up.

I Have Everything Picked Out Except My Flowers

Take more time to utilize video chatting and discuss your bloom ideas with your florist. Once you have a plan, drive over to their showroom and see the flowers curbside. This is the time to make sure that the flowers are the exact colors that you had in mind!

My Wedding Gown Appointment is Cancelled

I’m sorry ladies but this is the only one that will have to be postponed. Have no fear! Spend time researching your favorite gowns, analyzing what your body type will look best in, contacting local gown boutiques about what they have in stock and visualizing yourself on your big day.

My Wedding Date Changed and Now My Vendor Can’t Make It

When your vendor can’t make it to your new wedding date, there are a few options to consider. Vendors hate having to cancel on their clients because it’s how they make their living, but unanticipated circumstances can happen. Connect with them about refunds and spend time looking over the cancellation clause in your vendor contract. Upon cancellation, your original vendor will most likely refer you to a similar vendor who can do the job just as well. You may decide to drop the category of service that they provide, which is fine too! Remember that this wedding is for you and your partner – do what makes you happy. Who knows, you might even discover a new vendor option that you like just as well, or better! All things happen for a reason girl!

I’m Stressed Out and Need Help

This is the time to keep your wedding planner on speed dial! They will ease your mind, do most of the work for you and make sure that your big day goes smoothly. The team at Brides of North Texas is always here to help and our magazines are a great source for information and inspiration as well.


We’re also sharing tips for postponing your wedding and how to support your friends who have had to postpone their weddings. Read on for more advice! You’ve got this!

Top 7 Fort Worth Texas Wedding Venues

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So you’ve picked the date and finalized your wedding party, and now you’re wondering, “Where am I going to get married?” We know how difficult it can be, so we’ve rounded up seven of the best wedding venues in Fort Worth! From industrial to colonial and city-scape to wildlife, each of these spots has a little something for any Fort Worth bride-to-be.

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The Ostreum – The Ostreum is oh-so industrial chic. Located in an original 1900s warehouse, the designers updated the space with art deco style in mind. The wide open space, pearly-painted brick walls and moody lighting of The Ostreum makes it the perfect blank slate for your dream wedding.

Photo // Peyronet Photography

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Colonial Country Club – Let the breathtaking elegance of Colonial Country Club take you back in time. Located on a world-renowned golf course in Fort Worth, the colonial clubhouse is perfect for traditional southern brides. Boasting massive outdoor balconies overlooking the PGA tour approved private links and intimate indoor spaces adorned with formal touches, the club has room for 300 of your closest friends and family.

Photo // Becca Lea Photography

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Brik Special Events Venue – Once an old textile mill, now a charming wedding venue full of potential. Brik’s industrial vibe extends throughout the two indoor areas and two outdoor spaces. The simplistic design with white-painted brick walls, rustic original hardwood and expansive exterior windows is what contemporary-wedding dreams are made of! Photo ops are endless here and our favorite spot has to be in front of the lush ivory wall.

Photo // Melissa Claire Photography

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Palmwood Event & Conference Center – Big-city brides are going to love this one. Located in downtown Fort Worth, Palmwood Event & Conference Center is the perfect urban retreat for your big day. Say “I do” surrounded by sweeping views of the city on the twelfth-floor Limestone Terrace. Bring it inside to the sunlit-filled ballroom space for a glammed-up reception and afterparty. This might be the best place to drink a cosmo and dance with your soulmate.

Photo // Amy Karp

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Artspace111 – The relaxing atmosphere at Artspace111 incorporates revolving indoor art installations and an outdoor entertainment garden perfect for inspiring modern weddings.  Inside you will find an expansive space with concrete floors and white walls decorated with incredible works of art. Step outside to find a lush tree-lined garden with gravel pathways and twinkling lights ideal for saying your vows under. Your guests will never want to leave!

Photo // Madeline Shea Photography

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Fort Worth Zoo – Let your childhood dreams come true with a sophisticated wedding at the Fort Worth Zoo. Outdoor space surrounded by the sweet sounds of nature abound at this whimsical location. The Fort Worth Zoo offers several spaces ranging from romantic charm to exotic vibes. The magical venue is capable of entertaining all of your family and friends with a maximum limit of 1,200.

Photo // Haley Rynn Ringo Photography

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Pinstripes – This one is for all of the fun-loving couples. Pinstripes in Fort Worth features upscale bowling lanes and bocce courts – perfect for entertaining guests and creating a unique wedding celebration. The ballroom seats up to 200 guests and leads out to an intimate outdoor reception area with fire pits and cozy seating. A wedding at Pinstripes will be simply unforgettable!

Photo // Erin Johnson Photography


Looking for a wedding venue outside of Fort Worth? Check out our complete North Texas venues list here.

All Your Wedding Etiquette Questions Answered

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Now that you’re planning a wedding, your Google search history is going to fill up with things like, “How to address an invitation to two doctors?” Or, “Is 15 minutes too short for a wedding ceremony?” It’s amazing how many obscure questions can pop up during this process. From writing your own wedding vows to rules on inviting (or not inviting) children to your wedding, Jacy Mullings of Weddings By Stardust is here to help by getting you answers to some of the most popular etiquette questions, and more!

All Your Wedding Etiquette Questions Answered

Photo // Ryan O’Dowd Photography

How long is a typical ceremony?

It truly depends on the type of ceremony you are having. For most secular and Christian ceremonies, they tend to last between 20 and 30 minutes from the time of the processional (the walk down the aisle) to the time of the recessional (the walk up the aisle after being pronounced). For other religious ceremonies, such as Catholic, Jewish and Hindu, they could last between 45 minutes and one hour. 

What’s the proper processional order? What about the recessional?

There are many ways a processional can be composed depending on the family, attendants and any religious traditions. For a secular or traditional Christian processional, the officiant is often sent first, followed by family, wedding party, and then the bride and her escort last.

The groom’s side always precedes the bride’s, beginning with grandparents followed by parents. Unless you want your wedding party entering in as couples, the groom and groomsmen would typically enter at this point, with the bridesmaids entering single file, in reverse order, after them. The flower girl and/or ring bearer would be the last down the aisle before the bride.

Same-sex couples often like to enter a ceremony together or have both partners escorted in, but otherwise follow “traditional” processional and recessional guidelines.

What are the rules for inviting children to weddings?

Although there is no written rule for inviting or not inviting children, there are etiquette guidelines to follow when doing one or the other.

Making the decision to have children included or excluded from the wedding is up to the bride and groom and/or hosts of the wedding. If you choose to have children invited, you would include their names on the invitation envelopes (i.e. first line: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith; second line: Dylan and Katie OR simply address to “The John Smith Family”). To limit the number of children invited, you may choose to only invite the children of close family members and/or children of the wedding party.

By etiquette, the envelope dictates who is specifically invited, but if you are worried your guests will not get the memo, you can make a note of “Adults Only.” This would go on your details card in your invitation suite or on your wedding website since it is inappropriate for it to be written on your invitation. Whichever decision you all decide on, stay firm in it.

Can I walk down the aisle to any song I want or should it be more traditional?

If you are getting married at a church or house of worship, the selection of music may be limited since most religious sites forbid secular music and require their couples to use in-house musicians. If you are not having your ceremony at a place of worship, then you may select anything secular, classical, instrumental or recorded music for your walk down the aisle. Consider mixing traditional songs with instrumentals of pop music or classic love songs. Select things that are meaningful and have fun with it!

Where should immediate family sit?

Starting with the parents, the parents of the bride are seated on the left side of the front row with the mother in the center aisle seat and the father beside her. For the parents of the groom, it is reflected the same on the right side. In Jewish ceremonies, these sides are often reversed. If there are any divorces amongst the parents and new marriages or relationships, it is dependent on family dynamics where everyone would sit. If amicable relationships, they may all want to share the first row.

If there is any animosity, the mother would keep her seat in the first row and the father and partner would sit in the second row. Grandparents and siblings of the couple would be seated in the first row with other extended family seated in the remaining rows behind the parents of the couple. If a parent is widowed, then they have the option to choose a close family member or friend to sit next to them in their respective row.

Should we write our own vows?

This is another question to check with your officiant and/or ceremony site coordinator when planning your ceremony since most places of worship do not allow personal vows. For those ceremony sites that do allow them, now-a-days, more and more couples are writing their own. It elevates your ceremony by adding a more personal and emotional touch.

You get a chance to briefly tell your story and the reason you are standing in front of each other in that moment.

If you choose to write vows, I have two big pieces of advice. Be sure to really take the time to make it come from your heart. To try to put into words all the hopes, dreams and challenges you are excited to take on with your partner for the rest of your life in just a few short words is not an easy task.

Start the process early, take your vows through a few drafts and edits (and even verbal practice rounds!), and embrace the vulnerability that will become so cherished in the moment. It is an overwhelming process and can feel so much harder if you are on a time crunch.

Secondly, know and hold on to what you are vowing to. These are the commitments that you are verbalizing to your life-partner in front of all of your closest witnesses. As sweet as it is to promise the moon, it is more meaningful to give an actual commitment. This does not mean that all of your vows have to be heavy, you could still include bits of humor such as to always remember their favorite Starbucks order.


A special thank you to Jacy Mullings of Weddings By StarDust for sharing all these amazing insights on wedding etiquette and how to make the day truly personalized to the couple. To learn more about how Weddings By StarDust can help you plan your dream wedding, contact them directly through their Brides of North Texas vendor profile.

Your Comprehensive Guide to Changing Your Name After the Wedding

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Were you the kind of person who doodled your married name while you were in middle-school or is this a total surprise to you? Either way, we’re here to help simplify the process of changing your name in Texas — and help you go from Miss to Mrs. 

Whether you’re modern or traditional, there is something for everyone when it comes to name changes, from the simple switch to the hyphenated options, we’ve got you covered. 

Your Comprehensive Guide to Changing Your Name After the Wedding

Photo // Pharris Photography & Philms

How to Change Your Name 

Each state has their own laws about changing your married name. Fortunately for Texas brides, the state acknowledges a valid marriage certificate as proof of a name change. 

If you are hyphenating or switching your middle name to your maiden name, your process is slightly different. You will file a petition in a probate court in your county. (There are more details below.) 

 

How It Works

Fill in both your current legal name and the name you will be changing to after marriage on your Texas marriage license application. 

 

Alternative Name Change Processes 

If you are hyphenating, blending or switching your middle name, you will go through a court-ordered name change process. You will need to file a name change petition in state court in the county you live in. Visit the county courthouse office during regular weekday business hours to get your form. 

 

Getting Your Wedding License in Texas

Both you and your fiancé will need to go to the county clerk’s office during regular weekday business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Be sure to bring proof of identity and age, such as a birth certificate, driver’s license or passport. The fee ranges between $71 – $88, but can be reduced to as low as $11 if the couple attends an approved marriage education class. You will present the certificate for this course when you get your marriage license. While some counties may accept card or check payments, many require cash only. Be sure to call your County Clerk’s office ahead of time to confirm what forms of payment they take. 

There is a 72-hour waiting period after getting your license, but it can be waived by a court-order. Active-duty military are exempt from the waiting period. The license is valid for 90 days.

 

Making it Official 

Once you officially say “I do” and it’s time to sign your marriage certificate, you will use your new married name. Your officiant will be responsible to return that marriage license to the County Clerk’s office within 30 days of your wedding and you will receive the official marriage certificate as well as your certified copies by mail.  At that point your marriage certificate will be proof of your name change. You will want to request multiple copies (3 is a safe amount) of the certified marriage license to send to vendors like your insurance company and others that may require it.  

 

Cost to Change Your Name 

There are varying costs, but here are the general expenses you can expect. 

Marriage License — $71 – $88 (or as low as $11 with approved education classes)

Certified Copies of Marriage License — $3-$15 each (based on county)

Passport Update — $110

 

Things to Consider with Changing Your Name

There are other options when it comes to updating your name after your wedding and those include hyphenated names or keeping your maiden name as your middle or second middle name, which are the most common variations. (There is another option where you create an entirely new name.) The benefits of those two options can be in retaining a connection to your old name or even being easier to find on social media. 

 

Places You Need to Change Your Name

1. Social Security Card 

After your certified marriage license is sent to you (or you pick it up), you will want to apply for a name change on your social security card.

Download your application and get more information on this step here. 

 

2. Driver’s License

This will require a trip to the DMV, but you’re married to the love of your life, so it’s worth it! You will want to bring all the required forms of identification which include your current driver’s license, your updated security card and your certified marriage certificate.

 

3. Bank Accounts 

Whether you’re sharing accounts with your spouse or simply changing your own accounts, you’ll want to go into your local branch with your marriage certificate and your newly acquired driver’s license. You will want to request all new checks and/or debit cards with your married name. If you have a mortgage/loan out with this bank, take this opportunity to switch your name on those as well. 

 

4. IRS

A name change can impact your taxes, so it’s important to make sure your tax returns match your Social Security records. 

Find more information on how to change your name with the IRS here. 

Note that part of this process will also include making sure your employer/payroll records have your new name, so that it will be correct on your W-2 and other documents.

 

5. Voter Registration

This one doesn’t come up often, but you don’t want to miss out, so be sure to tackle this one right away. 

Click here to get your voter registration application

 

6. Passport

Fortunately, this is a very straightforward process similar to the IRS and voter registration. 

Click here to get detailed passport update instructions from the State Department. 

 

7. Post Office 

To be fair, this is more of a change of address than a change of name, but the likelihood is that you are moving, so let’s cover all our bases. The USPS has made this very simple with an easy online process. 

Click here to learn more. 

Bonus to updating your address? People start to send you amazing coupons because they think you’re new to the area. From Pottery Barn to Office Depot and the local car wash, you’re about to get special offers from all of them. 

We’ll talk about this in the pro tips later, but just a quick reminder that if you’re changing your name, make sure you take time to also update your address where appropriate. 

 

8. Credit Cards

First, you will need to have your name changed on your Social Security card and your driver’s license. Changing your name on your credit card(s) isn’t a difficult process, but it may be time consuming depending on how many cards you have. From typical credit cards like Via and MasterCard to store cards like Ann Taylor and Macy’s — each card issuer may have a slightly different process.

First you will want to look up the name change policy for each credit card. This can be found on their website. This is where you will get the list of required items such as new ID and legal documentation of your name change. Some may require your Social Security card update, which is why you need to tackle your government-issued ID documents first.

The good news is that for some cards, you can do this process entirely online or by mail. There are some unique cards, perhaps from your local bank,etc. that will require you going into a local branch. The best thing is to gather your cards and make a comprehensive list of their policies in advance.

 

Now that we’ve covered the most urgent places to update your name, it’s time to review the rest. There are many, many places your new name needs to be updated that will vary based on your current lifestyle. 

  • Insurance companies
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Car title and/or mortgage/landlord
  • School/university 
  • Professional or educational associations, clubs and organizations
  • Attorney’s offices
  • Airlines 
  • Electric and utility companies
  • Phone, cable and internet companies
  • Financial institutions
  • Online shopping sites
  • Other service providers
  • Social media accounts (That may be the most important — am I right?) 
  • Printed items like personalized stationary and business cards.

Last, but not least, be sure to update friends and family about your name change. 

 

Letting Friends and Family Know 

While your close friends and immediate family may know about your name change, there’s a lot of people that won’t — and it’s important to get the word out there. 

1. Announce it on social media. 

Update your name on your social media accounts. Even if your handle isn’t your name, the account is under your name. Then have fun and make a post about your new name with an “it’s official” post. Example: “I’m officially Katie Ann Smith now!” Let it reflect your personality, and mainly just have fun! 

The name update alone will help people start using your new moniker. But the post will help bring it to people’s attention as well as give you a reason to keep celebrating your love — bonus! 

2. Share your updated contact information via your phone. 

This is a super easy way to help people start updating their contact information and all you have to do is share it with your contacts after you update it on your phone. 

Here’s a quick tutorial video for the iphone users. 

3. Send out an official announcement — old-school style. 

It’s true! There was a time when it was common for newlywed couples to announce their marriage — including the bride’s name change — and their new location (i.e. what city they would reside in now). 

While you are still very welcome to announce it through your local newspaper, the more effective route would be sending out announcements. This could go to friends and family — especially those that may not have been at the wedding.

You have all the technical information to change your name now, but we’ve got some pro tips to make the process even easier. 

 

Pro Tips 

  • Use this guide to make your personalized name-change list and find out how many of these places will require a certified copy of your marriage license, so you will know how many to request. This saves having to order multiple times.
  • It’s recommended that you keep your old identification in case you need to prove your previous name. 
  • Double, triple, quadruple check the spelling before filing the new name! 
  • Don’t do things too early — that could cause logistical issues.
  • If you are moving too, be sure to use this opportunity to change your address on things like your driver’s license, insurance, credit card, etc. 
  • If you’re traveling internationally for your honeymoon, it’s recommended to keep your maiden name, so you don’t run into any issues with your ticket not matching your official name. 
  • Professional help is available if this task seems overwhelming. Companies like I’m a Mrs, HitchSwitch and even Legal Zoom can help you with the process! If you’re working with a planner, consider asking them for recommendations. 

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