When the wedding is over…
Usually here as a wedding planners we were talking about what you should do before the wedding, but certainly we have to add a few words also about post wedding emotions and time which you will have…well it’s something like day after the new year party J not exactly because you are married and still you are thrilled about it but you can feel a little bit blue since the big party is over after a month and month of preparation…or it’s like when you finish a big project on your job and you were worked an extra hour for it, you will be happy because you succeed but still you will have that extra space in your time which was occupied with the project… so to avoid that feeling this is definitely what you have to do with your extra time after the wedding:
1. Send out thank you notes. Your friends and family travelled from near and far to be with you on your special day, and they probably got you nice gifts as well. So don’t wait too long to complete this oh-so-important task; we suggest you and your partner block out some time on your calendars to take care of it as soon as your honeymoon is over.
2. Have your wedding dress cleaned and/or preserved. If you’re planning on keeping your wedding dress for posterity, you should have your dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible. Even if you don’t think your future daughters will wear your dress some day, it’s a good idea to get it cleaned soon rather than later to deal with any stains and smells. When you pull it out of your closet in the future, you want to remember how pretty you felt in it, not those 5-year-old champagne and sweat stains.
3. Order your wedding album. After you’ve posted the digital images of your big day on Facebook, you might forget to create an album IRL. But at some point, you’ll probably want the actual photos, so schedule a weekend date with your new spouse to choose your favourites and order your album. This is an especially important thing to cross off your to-do list early on if your album was part of your photography package — you don’t want to forget about something you already paid for!
4. Review your vendors. Your wedding vendors worked tirelessly to make your day feel so magical and special, so return the favour by posting a great review on Yelp and wedding boards. It’s a great way to express your gratitude and help your vendors grow their business. Don’t just do it for them — do it so other couples can discover your amazing makeup artist or fabulous florist. It’s just good karma!
5. Return or exchange any unwanted wedding gifts. Even if you take the time to put together a registry, duplicate purchases and off-registry gifts will still happen. You’ll want to take those not-exactly-your-style gifts back to the store as soon as possible and choose something that’s in keeping with your ideas; if you wait too long, you may not be able to do so.
6. Do something with all your wedding décor. There are a lot of little things that come together to make your big day look possible, but after you tie the knot, what are you supposed to do with them? If you find that 15 glitter-covered Mason jars and 25 vintage suitcases are making themselves comfortable in your guest bedroom, do yourself a favour and find them a new home. You could sell the items to other couples planning a wedding (try eBay, Craigslist, or just post a note about the items you want to unload on Facebook), put together a garage sale, find a way to work them into your home (or holiday!) décor, or donate them to charity.
7. 10. Legally change your name. If you’re planning to, that is! Changing your name on Facebook and Twitter is the easy part, but you also need to make time to do it legally. Take an hour to collect the necessary documents (like your passport, social security card, and driver’s license, to name a few) and start to check items off your list. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that you’ll create more headaches for yourself (especially when it comes to taxes and travel) or you might even end up misplacing your marriage license. (Not that we’ve ever done that…) Commit to your name change early to make your transition into married life much easier.