So, I am now (thank the gods) starting to get some recognition for my work. I already have a couple plays published under my maiden name.
I am getting married in July and I don't know what to do with my name.
I am concerned about the legalities involved. I am sure someone out there has dealt with this before, so if you have, please, I could use the advice.
I definitely want to take his last name. I was thinking:
Myfirstname Mymaidenname Hislastname and dropping my middle name.
Since I am on my birth certificate and everything else as myfirstname mymiddlename mymaidenname, I am guessing I would have to get those changed.
Basically i would like to go by my maiden name professionally and my married name for everything else. I don't know if I want to hyphenate my maiden name with his last name because wilson-wood is kind of cumbersome.
Not an issue for me - I'm a guy. Why don't guy's hyphenate their names? Maybe they do and I've never met any of them.
I know a couple of artists who ALWAYS paint under their maiden name. The reasons are pretty simple: You don't want to lose the name recognition you have gained under your maiden name. One often married friend told me : Husbands come and husbands go but a good painting is forever.
I'm still pretty close to one of the artists and everything in her life is under her married (un-hyphenated) name except her paintings which are signed and marketed under her maiden name. She has a business under her maiden name that she uses for expenses related to painting and selling her paintings and handling the income and expenses from teaching.
"Basically I would like to go by my maiden name professionally and my married name for everything else."
This sound like a good instinct.
In Illinois law (I don't know which state you are marrying in) the day you marry and get the marriage license is the day you decide to acquire the husband's name or blend it into your name. etc. If you do not do it on that day, just logistically it can be a real pain in the "aqq" to decide later. More hoops to go through legally/paperwork, at least in Illinois.
Doug's advice and examples are right on the mark. I know several artists who have done the same thing.