I like to think of myself as a card-carrying feminist and I am not quiet about my views, so my friends and family know this about me. This has led to a lot of questions about whether I will be taking Steven's surname, and whether I "should".
Spoiler alert: I am going to.
For a start, his name is Mr Wright. How fun is that?! I want to be Mrs Wright who writes with her right hand, right? My current last name is Austin, which is fine, but it's not anything I feel a huge tie to. My family are not defined by our surname, we're all about the feisty determinism and unwavering stubbornness that comes with being (a woman) in my family, and I love that. Also, it will be nice to to hear 'Oh, like Agent Cody Banks and Austin Powers?' when I introduce myself.
I know some people see a woman taking her husband's name as something of a feminist issue, as if it suggests that the man "owns" his wife, but I don't think it does, or at least not for us. Honestly, if our names were reversed, I would still choose Wright because it's just cooler and offers more opportunities for rubbish jokes. I want that.
We did consider double barreling our names, but then my initials would be CLAW which I'm not a huge fan of.
Of course, you don't have to take anyones name. There are so many options. You could keep yours and your partner could keep theirs. Or (and I think this is the most fun idea!) you could come up with something completely different. Like Mike and Phoebe - or should I say Crap Bag and Princess Consuela Banana Hammock - just let your imaginations run wild.
So yes, as of next year, I shall be becoming Mrs Wright (which was actually going to be the name of this site but someone had registered the URL - rude!) and I think the feminists of the world will still accept me as one of their own. I hope!
What about you? Are you keeping your own name? Or will you both be changing? Let us know below!