Essential things to do now your wedding is over!

June 26, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Wedding Planning

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Congratulations – you are now married!  But there are still a few essential things to do now your wedding is over before officially settling into married life!

Here is our list of 8 essential things you need to do in the first three months, so you can relax and start enjoying your new life together.

1. Thank you cards

Your friends and family all contributed to your big day so they all deserve a thank you card. You should aim to send these out within three months of the wedding. This gives you and your spouse plenty of time to write a personal note to each person.

Two important things to do are

  1. Make a list of who gave what and
  2. Ensure you have ordered thank you cards (ideally at the same time as the wedding invitations to carry on in the same theme).

When writing the cards be sure to mention the gift by name and, if possible, how you plan to use it as a married couple. If the gifts was cash, try to write how you will be using the money. Get your spouse involved – the task will take less time and its good to share!

It’s also nice to send a thank you card to any suppliers that provided an out standing service to you – they’ll really appreciate it.


2. Clean and preserve your wedding dress and flowers

If you decide to keep your dress, the first step is to have it professionally cleaned. Your bridal shop can probably recommend a cleaner who can take care of that for you. You can either chose a wedding dress preservationist to prepare your dress for storing, or once the dress is cleaned, store it in a box lined with tissue paper. Store your gown in a dark, cool, dry place to keep your dress as perfect as the day you wore it.

Even if you are not sure you want to keep your gown, have it cleaned so it’s ready to sell. Or consider donating it to a worthy cause or charity so someone else can have the dress of their dreams.

You can also preserve your bouquet or part of your bouquet. You can have your bouquet freeze-dried and framed, or you can have some of your bouquet put into a paperweight. Ideally ask them to pick your bouquet up from your reception venue or from a friend/family member while you are honeymooning.

3. Order your wedding album

Your wedding album is the only guaranteed way you can relive your special day over and over. Your photographer can help you with putting your photos in the right order and choosing layouts for your album. Ask your spouse for their input so that you can make your beautiful family heirloom together. Once you’ve decided on what album you want and how you want it to look, don’t forget to actually place your order!!


4. Unwanted gifts

If you’ve ended up with three blenders or with gifts that you didn’t really want, you need to have a plan of what you’re going to do with them. Here are some helpful guidelines: Divide the gifts into those you will use straight away, those that you might use in the future and those you are not likely to use ever!

Any gifts you might use in future, store safely and properly. Then work out which gifts can be exchanged or refunded, and do the exchanges/refunds as soon as possible. If you can’t get a refund or exchange, see what you can sell on ebay or local website. However, be sensitive to the feelings of the giver, especially if it’s a close relative….You could always place the item in a guest bedroom!


5. Take care of the formalities

Are you taking your spouses surname? There’s more to it than simply changing your name on Facebook and Twitter! You’ll need to change your name legally on your passport, driving license, bank accounts, and anything else that has your legal name on it need your official marriage license stating your new last name on it eg payslips, utilities. Do this as soon as you can – 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. Change your name (and your address if you’ve moved) early to make your transition into married life much easier.

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6. Remove your wedding website

Did you create a personal wedding website? After your wedding is over, it’s time to take it down – especially if you’re paying to host it! You might also want to remove your registry from all the stores you registered for gifts from.


7. Take care of leftover wedding decor

It is likely that you will have some leftover supplies from your wedding. Instead of letting them collect dust and take up storage space, find a way to repurpose them. You can return any unused supplies to the craft store, put items on eBay, or use Facebook to see if any of your newly-engaged friends would be interested in taking them off your hands. If you aren’t able to sell or return your leftover décor items, consider donating them – this way, you’ll be able to start off married life clean and uncluttered.

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8. Review your suppliers

How did you decide on which suppliers you wanted to book? Most likely, you checked online resources to read reviews about each of them before you decided to hire them. So it’s really important to leave an honest and positive review online to demonstrate how grateful you are for their efforts on your wedding day. And it will help other brides make important decisions for their big day.


That’s it, you’ve completed the homework of essential things to do now your wedding is over.  You can really truly start to enjoy your new life together!

Don’t forget to check out the other wedding planning checklists.