To change your name(s) or not to change your name(s) that is just one question. But, it is not the question today. Instead, take a look in the box… to the left. That’s the box for your “first name.”
There are at least 7 people who I have known for at least 10 years, all of whom have real names that their families gave them when they were born. I don’t know any of those names. I only know their nicknames. It’s been 10 years and I think it’s too late to ask, but also I wonder if it matters.
On your wedding day you might think it matters. You might be convinced either by yourself, your family, or by the magnitude of the event itself… you might be convinced to change your name. You might avoid Jo and instead choose Josephine or skip Reggie in favor of Reginald. Then again you might just choose Big Papa instead of… whatever his family thinks his name is.
In the end it doesn’t matter what you choose. Only the officiant will remember messing up your chosen name. Everyone there knows who is in love with whom and who will be with whom forever. It’s pretty hard to hear through tears of joy anyway.