You've spent months, maybe a year or more, planning the perfect wedding to celebrate your nuptials. Blood, sweat, and tears went into each vendor selection, seating chart, dress fitting, song list, and DIY favor session.
And then the day comes. Five glorious hours where all your hard work comes together, you celebrate with your friends and family, and drive away as a married person. Wow.
While you will be reminiscing and replaying every wonderful detail and moment of your wedding day for weeks after, there are a few to-dos to check off your list while enjoying your newlywed status.
We know you don't need reminded but it's such a big deal with a lot of importance, there's no way it could escape the list! Whether you take an extravagant international trip or just plan a nice weekend getaway in a neighboring town, your honeymoon is about the only time you have to unapologetically celebrate you and your spouse and tune out the rest of the word. It also doesn't matter if you take it right after the wedding or wait a while to save money or have time to plan what you want- just as long as you plan something and take the time to focus on one another in a setting that makes you both happy.
2. Write thank you notes
We know it can seem like a daunting task but if you chip away at a few at a time for a week or two straight, you'll be done in no time. The general rule here is that thank you notes should be sent no later than six months after the wedding, but to let people know you appreciate them and their generosity, send them out as soon as possible (then you never have to think about it again!)
3. Get your dress cleaned and preserved
This is one of those tasks that is so incredibly easy to quite literally shove in the back of a closet and forget about; however, to ensure the best preservation and chances of your future children playing in it or wearing it one day, knock this task out quickly.
4. Tend to your gifts and registry
It's wise not to wait long if you want to return or exchange any wedding gifts. Most stores, if purchased off your registry, will work with you on these things, even without a receipt, as long as it is within a certain window of time. You will also want to look into purchasing any gifts you had your heart set on but didn't receive (hello, gift cards!)
5. Make a plan for your monetary gifts
While money is often a topic that is awkward to talk about, this is the perfect time to make a wise and consensual decision with your new spouse. Most newlyweds receive a very generous amount of gift cards and money and you'll want to come up with a plan on how you are going to use those gifts together. After all, they're given in the spirit of starting your married life off well!
6. Figure out what to do with wedding decor
We're going to be honest with you here- it's not normal to have 50 mason jars and aubergine tablecloths (with matching napkins) hanging around your house. Turn to etsy, eBay, or wedding trade sites to get the items off your hand or maybe choose to keep one or two things that can serve as home decor and a reminder of your day.
7. Change your name and other legal fun
If you are changing your name, take all the necessary documentation to your local government office to have it changed. Everywhere is different but there is a time limit on when this can be accomplished if you want to avoid a fee (don't we all). After that's complete, you'll need to go through every bill, account, service, etc and notify them of your name change. While not very exciting in and of itself, you're doing it for a cool reason so just keep reminding yourself of that :)
8. Review your vendors
Ever wonder how vendors get those cool nods from Wedding Wire and the Knot? It's from awesome reviews from past brides and grooms! Whatever your experience with the vendor (if it was us, we sincerely hope it was off the chain!), let others know by leaving an honest and detailed review on all the sites. These vendors were expertly chosen and (hopefully) worked hard to make your day unforgettable- leaving a review is an amazing and appreciated way to show your gratitude.
9. Order photos
It's so easy to upload photos to Facebook and the cloud and forget about it. We promise you you will want to have physical photos in an album of your wedding day to turn to from time to time, showing family members and future kiddos. There are always internet coupons for DIY photo books you can easily put together for a beautiful keepsake. You may also want to choose the very best to display in frames around your home (one or two should do the trick).
With all the effort and memories that have gone into your wedding day, preserve it and honor it the best way you can. While the "best day ever" may be over, the celebration and memories don't have to end yet. After all, you are considered a newlywed for a whole year- make the most of it!
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