The big day itself might be over but there are still plenty of after the wedding things to do now you’re a Mrs!
- After the honeymoon, you need to send thank-you notes to everyone who gave you wedding gifts and anyone else who helped with the wedding in general. This will involve opening presents if you haven’t already, and personalizing each thank-you card for each recipient. Traditionally, thank-you notes should be sent out within two months of the wedding.
Preserve Wedding Memorials
- The top layer of the wedding cake is traditionally frozen to be eaten one year after the nuptials, but there are other aspects of the wedding that need to be preserved after the big day. The bouquet can be preserved, and the wedding dress and veil should be cleaned and kept in a secure plastic wrap. Any other wedding mementos should also be arranged to be preserved in a secure manner.
Return Rented Equipment and Clothing
- Tuxedos, chairs, tables, and other wedding paraphernalia that was rented for the event needs to be returned in a timely manner. It is important that all of these items are sent back in a clean undamaged state, unless the contract states otherwise.
- The first step in legalizing your marriage is to get an official copy of your marriage certificate from the local city or state government office. If you are changing your name, this should be done at this time as well with the local magistrate. After the marriage, both parties should also update their wills and life insurance to incorporate the other parties.
Finalize Wedding Photography
- Your photographer will send you a gallery of prints from the wedding, and you should review each of these for acceptable photos. Decide with your spouse which photos you want in your photo album and eliminate those which do not fit your wedding standards. Communicate these photo choices to the photographer so he can compile the wedding album.