By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.
The moment after I vacuum-packed my wedding dress and put my unworn lingerie away, everyone's favorite question became, "What does it feel like to be married?" The truth? For me, it's not much different than being engaged. Like the other 48 percent of women in America, I lived with my partner before he put a ring on it. (Sorry, Beyonce… and Mom.) I worked through the growing pains of cohabitation long ago, so I haven't encountered too many changes during my first wedded year. But there have been lots of little surprises for which no bridal mag prepared me.
1. What's in a name? Lots of paperwork.
It turns out your name doesn't miraculously change itself, not before you fill out loads of forms. I've been too busy performing my wifely duties (read: procrastinating) to deal with my driver's license, passport, and fro-yo-shop rewards cards. I also didn't expect that keeping my name by default would