In our 4 months of marriage here is what I have learned:
Car insurance really does get cheaper!! Ours went down about $130 for six months. Changing your last name really does suck. The worst part is waiting in line at the social security office. There were like 5 different lines so you never knew when your number was going to be called. Once its over you get to do it all again at the Motor Vehicle services office. Definently not the most fun way to spend your afternoon off of work. Changing your name with your banks and credit card companies come with varying degrees of difficulty. I went into one bank branch and sat down with someone and showed him my marriage certificate and my drivers license. I was told that my name would be changed on my account. This was 3 months ago and I still have not gotten my new atm card with my new name on it. On one of my credit cards the customer service person easily changed my name over the phone, while on another card I had to fill out a form and send them a copy of my marriage certificate. So far I have only recieved one new card with my new name on it. Ah yes and don't forget to change your passport. I decided to go get my passport photo taken on a Friday when I had worn a strapless maxi dress to work with a sweater over it. Of course it is super hot in Atlanta in the summer so I took the sweater off when I went to get my picture done. So I now have my new passport, but in the lovely photo it looks like I don't have a top on! I am ready to go though if my husband and I decide to take a trip out of the country. I married a Delta airlines employee so leaving the county can actually happen on a whim. We tried to go to Bahamas for the weekend a few weeks ago, but a Tropical Storm got in our way. We improvised and had a date night in Midtown Atlanta. We went and had burgers and to a comedy show at The Vortex and then bar hopped.
The final thing that I have noticed is people who have married for 30 years wonder why you are in such a hurry to get home, ummm because we actually still like being around each other! I mean its only been 4 months ... and the ball and chain chokes the guys give my husband at work...seriously. Yesterday my husband sent me a text at 11:30 a.m. that simply said "I love you, baby". When I got home I asked him what the text was for? He told me he was just happy that I was his wife and that we get along so well. In his wedding vows he called me his best friend. How can you not want to rush home when you have a guy like that?