Part of me wanted to keep my own last name. I liked the sound of it better than his, and plus, my name had been with me my whole life! Its hard to give that up! I thought of hyphenating the two names, but it just didn't sound right. My husband was against both of these ideas, and felt very strongly that I should take his name. Ultimately, that is what I did. I think in the long run, its just easier, and it didn't take too long to get used to my new name.