This is one of those blog posts that’s not all glitz and glam but IS something every couple/bride needs to know about. Once the wedding is over, reality sets in quickly and we don’t want you to be caught off guard (you’ll probably be caught off-guard enough by your new spouse’s habits)! Today we’re sharing a list of things couples forget to do, much to their dismay…
Post- Wedding To Do List:
- Bouquet preservation- make arrangements with your florist BEFORE your wedding and follow their post-wedding instructions! Often the first 24 hours are critical and if you don’t follow directions, your bouquet situation will NOT be pretty.
- Sort through gifts- You may be able to exchange and return some of them (including the gifts that were SO not on your registry)
- Return tuxedos- even better, borrow your groomsmen’s cell phones and secretly set their phone alarms to return the tuxes themselves (along with the address of the tux shop of course)!
- Mail Thank You notes- A blanket (i.e., impersonal) Facebook message is nice but doesn’t count as a proper thank you. Make sure it’s personal and timely. And don’t forget your parents!
- Send/Post Thank You notes to vendors- Post positive reviews online and/or mail handwritten notes. It’s good Karma…
- Get gown cleaned/preserved- If you’re into that sort of thing. If not, get that puppy listed on Ebay pronto!
- Complete official address/name change forms- Don’t forget insurance companies, friends & family, credit cards, and magazine subscriptions
- Preserve keepsakes in a display case – items may include programs, napkins, pictures, invitations and more. I always gather these items for my couples and place them in their honeymoon suite. Yeah, I know, we rock!
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Fay Photography, Stationer: Studio Grace, Linens: Wildflower Linens)
- Notify employer- for tax purposes, you may have to change your W2 information they have on file. And no, avoiding this task won’t make you exempt on your taxes!
- Notify Social Security Department: you’ll need a new social security card with your new name
- Create your will together- This isn’t super fun to think about but is super important (adjust beneficiary designation on life insurance policies and retirement funds as well)
- Re-evaluate health insurance plans- you may have new options now that you’re married
- Discuss financials- are you keeping separate bank accounts or merging? Will you file taxes separately or together?
- Don’t ignore your photographer- For the best experience, choose your favorite pictures and begin thinking about your wedding album as soon as you receive proofs. Your photographer WANTS you to receive your album and prints according to your contract so the quicker you can do this, the happier everyone is. And you know your mom has been on your case the second you came back from your honeymoon!
Of course there’s more you will have to figure out and not everything has to happen immediately but hopefully having this list will set you on the path to organized marital bliss!