Planning a wedding can be an arduous process, as much as it is nice knowing that the day of your dreams is finally arriving. Organizing such an event can be hard, however, it is worth it! Unfortunately, after the wedding is over there are still some things left to do.
You probably already have an after wedding to-do list. Still, after reading this article you’ll be better equipped to handle all the things on your list. There are probably some things that you haven’t thought of doing, even though they probably should have been on your list. Read on to find out more.
#01 Clean Your Wedding Dress
After the wedding, you’ll want to have your wedding dress cleaned and well preserved. It’s probably a good idea to hire professional cleaners that have specialized in bridal gowns. If you don’t know any, you can ask at your salon if they can point you in the right direction. Once you’ve found the right cleaners, don’t forget to tell them which substances they shouldn’t use on your dress (if there are any).
Not only can the bridal gown-specialists clean your dress, but they can also make sure that the dress remains well-preserved in the years to come. That means that they will usually store your dress in a package that is moisture and insect-resistant. Then it’s up to you to find a dark and cool place where you’ll keep your gown.
#02 Show That You’re Grateful to Your Guests By Sending Them a Thank-You Card After the Wedding
Sending your guests a thank-you card is a nice thing to do. After all, they’ve all been there to share the happiness with you during the wedding. Part of the beauty of the wedding day is that you get to share all the positive emotions that you’re feeling.
If you’re having a destination wedding, some people might not be comfortable with that (forgive them). They might even go through the five stages of getting invited to a destination wedding. So, send them cards in order to repay them for coming anyway. Usually, three months is the amount of time that you have to write and send thank-you cards. If it takes you longer than that, you’ll probably be seen as an impolite person.
While writing, try to make every card personal. Be honest and creative. You can also mention each person’s wedding gift. Tell them how you plan to use it, and they’ll surely feel good about it. Apart from your guests, you can also send a thank-you card to your vendors as well. If they were any good, write to them and thank them. Not only will they feel accomplished, but they’ll probably try to do even better in the future.
#03 Store the Gifts That You Won’t be Needing Soon
After thanking everyone for being there and for giving you such lovely gifts, you’ll probably be overrun with a huge amount of presents. In all likelihood, you won’t have an immediate use for some of them. That’s why it’s a good idea to put them in storage until the time comes when you’ll need them. If you live in Brooklyn, we can recommend a company that will expertly handle all of your storage needs – U. Santini Moving and Storage Brooklyn. If you don’t live in Brooklyn, then you can search for good storage companies on Google or ask your friends and relatives if they’ve had any dealings with storage companies in your area.
What you’re looking for is a company that offers a high-quality service for an affordable price. It may be tempting to simply hire the nearest storage company. However, you shouldn’t do that. Do proper research and it’ll pay off. There’s no use in having a storage company right across the street from you if the quality of their service is no good. And if it is good, there’s no point in hiring such a company if it’s too expensive. So, try to find the most affordable storage unit at your disposal, while at the same time making sure that it suits all your needs.
#04 Take Care of the Wedding Registry
If you’ve expected to get the exact number of items that you have chosen upon starting a wedding registry, then you’ve probably never married before. The reason we’re saying this is because a scenario where you get the exact number of items that you’ve registered for almost never happens.
That means that, most likely, there’ll be some returns and exchanges to take care of. Maybe you’ve gotten more sets of silverware than you’ve expected, or even some items that weren’t on the registry to begin with. Actually, we’d be very surprised if that didn’t happen.
Return policies vary from store to store, so we can’t give you too much information. What we can say, however, is that you should you try to do that as soon as possible. That’s because a lot of stores offer a discount on all the leftover items.
However, these discounts don’t last forever. So, if you want to buy any items by yourself, check how much time you will shave to do so.
#5 – #8
Here are some more ideas to complete your after wedding to-do-list:
• If you’ve changed your last name, you’ll need to update your driver’s license, your social security number, and pretty much all other important documents that bear your name.
• Not only should you send a thank-you card to the vendors that have done a good job, but you can also give them a good review online. Of course, if they’ve provided inadequate service, you can also give them a bad review. Maybe that’ll teach ’em!
• Make a wedding album. Arrange the pictures in the right order and choose the right layouts. Then place your order and be happy knowing that you’ll have something to remind you of your (hopefully) beautiful wedding.
• If you’ve created a website with all the necessary information about the wedding – now is the time to remove it. Otherwise, you’ll still be paying for hosting costs.
Last But Not the Least
Enjoy your honeymoon! Whether you’ll be spending it at one of the most popular US honeymoon spots, or you’ve chosen to travel to a less-known location, the message is the same – until you get back, there’s no need to worry too much about your after wedding to-do list. Relax and try not to think about your everyday obligations.
Enjoying your honeymoon won’t be good just for you. If it turns out to be as magical as one would expect, you’ll ooze happiness once you return, and that will have a positive effect on everyone that you meet. You can even start in the airplane. Smile at some of the passengers or make a flight attendant your friend. That way, you’ll begin a positive streak that may not end soon.
Whether you’re thinking about your after wedding to-do list in advance, or the wedding is over and the time to act is now, we hope that our little guide was helpful and that you’ve learned something new while reading.
Good luck and enjoy your marriage!