When you plan a wedding, all the focus will be on the big day. However, after you’ve married the one you love, there are a few small details to take care of.
If you are in the midst of planning your wedding, make sure you add these post-wedding items to your to-do list:
Organize Returns for Rented Items
If you’ve rented or borrowed items for your wedding, they will need to be returned. Depending on how your wedding day is structured, these types of items might include drinking glasses, excess alcohol, suit hire, furniture, and decorations. Be clear about any washing, cleaning and return dates to avoid additional fees.
If you’re leaving for your honeymoon shortly after the reception, you may like to negotiate a longer return period for any rented suits or decorations. Alternatively, someone you trust might be able to take care of this for you while you are away.
Send Thank You Cards
Your guests took the time to attend your wedding, and will generally bring a gift. A thank you is appreciated, and you shouldn’t wait too long.
Thank you cards from Minted are a thoughtful way to show your appreciation, and you can customize the designs with a photo. Your family and friends will appreciate the memento, and with the design taken care of, it will take minimal effort to show you care.
Decide What to Do With Your Dress
The wedding dress will be one of your most important purchases, but have you thought about what you will do with it afterward? If you would like to keep your dress, it is recommended you have it professionally dry cleaned before storing it in acid-free paper.
If you are looking to sell or give away your dress, it should still be washed and in good condition. Other newlyweds prefer to do something fun by letting their hair down in a trash the dress photo shoot.
Officially Change Your Name
For those who have made the decision to take on their partner’s surname, there are a few official items you will need to take care of. Most of the time you will need your marriage license to do this, and a trip to the relevant office in person is recommended.
You will need to change your name on your Social Security card and driver’s license. You should also advise your bank and any utility companies of your new name.
Don’t forget, you will need a new signature to go with your new name!
Take Time to Reflect
For most people, the wedding journey can be a whirlwind, and the days following can feel a little bit anticlimactic. This is completely normal, and you may even feel relief that you can now focus on the rest of your lives together. Take the time to reflect on your day and all of the happy memories you shared with family and friends.
If you are lucky enough to go on a honeymoon, this will be the perfect way to relax. For those who have to put it off for a while, a pamper day will be well deserved.
The Wrap Up
After your wedding day, there will be a few items you still need to tick off your to-do list. Return any rented or borrowed items, send thank you cards to guests, change your name if required, and decide what you will do with your dress. Make sure you take some time to relax, and most importantly, enjoy your new life as Mr. and Mrs.!