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Marriage Proposal Can Bring Up Question of Identity

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If a marriage proposal arrives this holiday season – a popular time for engagements – it’ll be the first of many big questions. Another has to do with identity. Will a wedding bring a name change? For most American brides, such as Michelle Bakken, the answer is "yes." "I knew I wanted to change my name," said the former Michelle Osten, who married Cody Bakken July 2 at a friend’s farm in the upper Midwestern state of Minnesota. She grew up as an only child in nearby...

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