So, your big day has come to an end and you’re wondering what to do next? What many people don’t know is that it’s just as important to have a post-wedding checklist as it is to have a pre-wedding checklist…
From the wedding photos to sending out thank you notes, let’s talk about what should be at the top of your post-wedding checklist:
Return anything you’ve borrowed or hired
Whether it’s the suits or pieces of decor you’ve hired for the venue, getting these returned as soon as possible after the wedding, in the condition you hired them in, is the best way to avoid a large bill. Plus, you don’t really need all of these things cluttering up your house!
Put together a wedding photo album
It’s likely that your wedding photographer will provide you with the photos and then you can decide what to do with them and how you want them to be stored. It’s better to do this sooner rather than later or you’ll be left with a large stack of photographs and an empty photo album because you’ve never sat down to sort through it.
Similarly, creating a memories box of any little pieces you saved from the day is also a great idea as it keeps everything in one place and is a wonderful way to look back on your big day in years to come. So, get this item checked off your post-wedding checklist by arranging a weekend with your spouse to sit down and sort through it all.
Write and send out thank you notes
This can be a bit of a time-consuming task but it’s important to send your thanks to all of the people who contributed to your special day. There are also plenty of advice posts online to help you structure your thank you notes. Once you’ve done this, the next thing is remembering to post them and not leaving them sitting on your kitchen counter for months!
Change your surname on official documents
While changing your surname is an optional part of getting married, if you have done so, this is one of the most important things to add to your post-wedding checklist. The vital changes are ones to documents such as your driver’s licence, but to ensure you’ve changed everything, it’s a good idea to make a list and tick it off as you go. While some may be a simple case of phoning up and getting it changed in minutes, others can be slightly more complex.
Get your wedding dress cleaned and preserved
Despite saying you would never get your wedding dress dirty on the big day, accidents do happen. Getting your wedding dress cleaned as soon as possible after the special day is vital to avoid permanent staining. Once this has been done, you can then decide on how you want to preserve your dress because this isn’t a case of just putting it in the back of your wardrobe! Many companies offer special preservation boxes, which will maintain the quality of your dress over the years.
These are just some of the post-wedding tips to remember. However, each newlywed couple will be different so it’s important to focus on those tasks that matter to you!
About the author: Confetti Wedding Dress Cleaning are specialists devoted to the cleaning and preservation of wedding dresses. They love all things relating to weddings and are committed to helping you restore and save the treasured memories from your special day.
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