I kept my maiden name, partly because it would have been a huge hassle to change it (much more so than back in the day when women didn't have bank accounts and stuff) and partly because I didn't see why I should have to. It's my name and I'm used to it.
I changed my name when we got married. it was important to me that I did so as it seems like a big signal to the world that we are a unit, a family, not just two people who happen to live at the same address. I also knew from friends who hadn't changed their name that it was quite difficult when they had children who then had a different surname to them.
There was no hassle changing my name - it is very easy here in the UK and was all sorted out within a week or two of returning from our honeymoon. I had got a passport in my married name sorted out before the wedding, so had travelled on honeymoon in the right name.
I took my husband's name after one and a half years of marriage. It was just on my 'to do list', and I didn't really relish the idea of adopting a name that was more difficult to spell and pronounce than my own surname.
I was married back in the dark-ages when there was no question about taking our husband's name. I was happy to do it anyway, because it was shorter and easier. I have been widowed for many years but would never change my name now because I share it proudly with my children and grandchildren.
It took me about 6 months to get round to changing all the paperwork. One of my banks still sends me promotion in the wrong name even though it has been changed for many years. I guess I did it because I'm more traditional and wanted my kids to have the same name as me and not a double-barrelled one.
On both times I married, I took my husbands name the next Monday.
It would have not been an option back then, and with both our families.
I too wanted to feel married , and that was how it was done then.For me it was just taking my birth certificate and marriage with me....no real issue.I first went to the R.T.A. and then the Bank etc....a little running around....All good. :)
Did the traditional change to husband's for sake of future children. Hyphenated surname would've been too much of a mouthful!
It moved me from nearly the bottom to top of Alphabet, so that's a positive!