Mr. & Ms.: Keeping Your Last Name

After much thought and agonizing or none at all, you’ve decided that you will not be taking his surname when you marry. Whether the reason is philosophical, for professional reasons, to avoid paperwork, or you just like the one you’ve got, it doesn’t matter. This is the 21st century and you are free to make that choice. Just be prepared that not everyone is as advanced as you are.

Making it Official

In the state of North Carolina you can ask your brother to marry you. Actually you can have any family member, friend, or acquaintance act as your officiant at your wedding. They just need to be “… an ordained minister of any religious denomination, a minister authorized by a church, or a magistrate…”