Post-Wedding Name Changes Get A Facelift

From USA Today
By Steve Friess

The newlyweds knew it would be surprising, but they never expected it to go quite so badly.

As Donna and Mike entered their wedding reception, an unwitting announcer told the expectant crowd, "Ladies and gentleman, put your hands together for the new Mr. and Mrs. Salinger!"

Some guests clapped, some chuckled at what they presumed was a joke and most looked at one another in confusion. The couple spent the entire reception and some of their honeymoon explaining to people what they had done.

The groom, you see, had started his day as Mike Davis and ended it by doing something precious few of his brothers-in-arms do: He took his wife's last name instead of her taking his.

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Tango’s Take
We mentioned this phenom in our Tango Tease (our fun weekly e-newsletter you need to get if you’re not already getting it. Click here.) a few months ago. Maureen Dowd wrote one of her Saturday columns on it, too. Changing names is essentially changing identities. In some societies, name-changing is a mark of spiritual transcendence, no matter your gender. The article mentions a radio host being advised by a listener to turn in his man card because he and his wife amalgamated their names. No word on whether he has yet, but here at Tango we support his right to continue drinking beer, having sex, and refusing to ask for directions while sporting a hyphen.