Shawnathan saidI wouldn't do it even if I was a woman.
Why not? To me it represents truly becoming one with the other person?
Actually in Canada you're free to use each others' names as often and in as many ways as you wish. Legally you retain your bachelor name as primary.
PS hyphenating I've been told is a fair amount of cash and court involvement (I have no idea why) and this is really a little more fun, with Bill having my last name and I having his.
Why do you legally retain your single name?
You retain it sole for the purposes being able to fall back on it. Other than hyphenation, uses of each others' names are granted automatically.
"Using A Maiden Surname Or Married Name
After marriage, you can choose to continue using your own surname, or you can start using your spouse's surname. Changing to your spouse's surname does not constitute or require a legal change of name under the Name Act.
A spouse may use his or her surname before the marriage, at birth or by adoption. A spouse can also use the surname of his or her spouse by marriage.
At any time, you can use your original surname or maiden name again, and you do not need to apply for a legal change of name.
After a divorce, a person may use their name at birth or married surname."