With tonssss of gorgeous weddings coming up over the next few months, we know that many of our brides and grooms will need a little bit of guidance on what exactly to do after their wedding day is over. It can be a bit overwhelming! You spend months and months planning and looking forward to the big day, and then you're still not done once it's over! That's where this checklist comes in. :) It fills you in on everything you need to accomplish after you get back from your honeymoon. Bookmark this one for later, Barn Brides!
When you're planning your wedding, it's kind of sad to think about what you need to do when your big day is over, but it's a pretty important subject! You may get the post-wedding blues (that's seriously a thing!), but by staying busy getting things done, you're sure to keep your mind off of the fact that you no longer get to spend everyday planning the best day of your life!
Future brides, bookmark this post for later! After your honeymoon is over, here's what you need to do ASAP.
Mail thank you cards! I know they're time consuming, but it's something you've just gotta do. And do it as soon as you get home from your honeymoon. It's just the polite thing to do, y'all! If you're stuck on what to write, Google "thank you card etiquette." You're welcome.
Return your marriage license. They have to be returned within a specific time frame, so get 'em in quick. It's not 100% official until you do this!
Change your last name! This actually isn't as fun as it sounds. If you're taking your new husband's last name, you've got to go to the social security office, get a new license, and change your name with your bank, utility accounts, and pretty much every single account you have. But look at your fancy new last name! Totally worth it.
Have your dress cleaned and preserved. Don't be like me and wait a year to get those dirt stains out of the bottom of your dress! Spoiler alert: they're probably not gonna come out. Even if you don't end up with dirt or mud on your dress, you're probably gonna end up with baked beans on it. Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything... ;) Take care of those stains and have a professional preserve your dress so it doesn't turn yellow years down the road. It's expensive, but it's worth it.
Preserve your flowers. Whether you have your entire bouquet preserved, press a few flowers in your bible, or put petals in a clear Christmas ornament, do it pronto, before your flowers get nasty! This is best to do before your honeymoon if you have time.
Put away all the keepsakes from your wedding day. This includes your veil, jewelry, garter, guestbook and any other special details from your day that you want to hold onto. Put them all in a plastic storage tote so they're all together, or put a few on display in a shadow box. I've put some details from our wedding around our home, and seeing them everyday makes me happy! If you purchased things that you didn't use or don't care to keep, list them on Craigslist or Ebay.
When you get your photos back, print them. Don't be like me and wait forever to print and frame your beautiful photos! Post them on Facebook, and then get busy printing, framing and making photo books or albums. I like the books on Shutterfly and Artifacts Uprising. They're fun and easy to make!
Return any gifts that you don't want or need. If you got two of the same item, return one and get something from your registry that wasn't purchased. If you got a million towels but not enough cookware, feel free to trade some for something you need!
I hope this makes the days after your wedding and honeymoon a little more stress-free! It can be kind of an overwhelming time, but I know you'll rock it!