You got married! Now what? Hopefully, you will enjoy a romantic getaway. When you return back to a normal routine, you will have a little work to do. There is a list of things that should be done before you return, but do not worry about small details while on your honeymoon. This list of things to do after your wedding day will help you accomplish it all.
Preserve the Bouquet
Most brides choose live flowers for their wedding bouquet. Sentimental brides want to save it. You can choose freeze-drying, silica gel, air-drying or pressing. If you are planning on having a service preserve your bouquet, you should make arrangements to have the bouquet delivered in a timely manner. Preserving a bouquet is a time-sensitive task, which can be taken care of by the mother of the bride or the maid of honor.
If you rented a tux, wedding party attire or décor, they are usually due to be returned the following day. If you are like most couples, this is not a task you want to be bothered with after your wedding day. This is usually a job for friends and family. Delegate the return of items to different members of the wedding party. Make sure you have a team leader, such as the maid of honor or best man confirm the return of all items.
Handle the Wedding Day Money
Money is a popular wedding day gift. If you had a wishing well or box to collect cards, you probably collected some checks and loose cash. Choose a responsible friend or family member that can handle the fiduciary duty, and give them instructions to hold the money or make deposits to your account. You should instruct them to make a list of the names of the gift givers to send thank you notes.
Visit the Cleaners After Your Wedding Day
You should have your dress professionally cleaned after your wedding day. The sooner it is cleaned, the better the chance of removing any stains. You should choose your dry cleaner prior to your wedding, and instruct the maid of honor or family member to deliver it to the dry cleaners the next day. When your dress is picked up from the cleaners, you will need to decide where and how to store it. Many brides want to preserve it. Make sure you store it in a dry place that is out of the direct sunlight. It can be preserved in an acid-free box.
Say Thank You
After your wedding day, you should say thank you to all that attended. Most guests brought a gift. You should give a special thanks for gifts. Mention the gift in the thank you note to make each card unique. You should not wait too long to send out thank you notes. This task should be accomplished within a couple days after your wedding day.
Once you receive a copy of your marriage certificate in the mail, you might want to change your last name. If you intend to change your name, you will need to change your name on your driver’s license, social security card, deeds, titles, bank accounts, credit cards, and basically everywhere. It is a good idea to handle this task as soon as possible, before the excitement wears off and it feels like work. If you did not live together before marriage, you will need to set up mail forwarding with the post office, and change your mailing address on your driver’s license, bank accounts, and everywhere that matters.
A Year After Your Wedding Day
A year after your wedding day, you will be celebrating an exciting one year anniversary. Most couples choose to preserve the top tier of their wedding cake in a freezer to cut and eat on the special occasion. Make sure you wrap the top tier in plastic and store it properly in the freezer to avoid freezer burn. This might be a task you delegate to the mother of the bride. You can transfer to your own freezer when you return from your honeymoon.
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