Something new is happening with brides and grooms, and while it could be a fantastic new way to tie the knot, it may also really upset your grandma.  Would you ever combine last names to invent a completely new one?  

The traditional thing would be for the bride to take the groom's last name.  That how most of our parents did it, and it's why we have the last names that we do.  Mary Jones marries Bob Wojohowitz and becomes Mary Wojohowitz.  If the new trend holds, she could be Mary Jonesohowitz instead.

There's a new trend catching on when it comes to surnames, and it has brides and grooms ditching both current last names for form an entirely new one.  For couples that want to combine names, this idea provides an alternative to hyphenating and it keeps some of the originals intact.  The example that Vogue uses, is Rosenthal + Cline = Rosencline.  Not bad.  But would your grandma approve?

For Texans that place a lot of importance on bloodlines and family tradition, I'm not sure this new-fangled way of becoming a missus would be too widely accepted.  And with so many of us divorced with kids and getting married for the second time, we're probably not going to change names because we need to match up with the kids and keep the original last name.  But from an equality standpoint, it may work perfectly for some couples.

It would be fun one night to have a glass of wine with the fiancee and play scrabble with last names to come up with all of the possibilities for a new one. There would be paperwork involved for the groom, but brides have handled it just fine all these years and it might not be a big thing for the groom to make a trip to the courthouse too.

Think it'll catch on in Lufkin? I have my doubts.  But it does give us something to talk about on that next Tinder date.  And it gives hope to couples like Ben and Eileen Dover.

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