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Post-Wedding Checklist: What to Do After Your Wedding

You did it! After pulling off the wedding of your dreams, it's time to kick back and relax, right? Well, almost. Before you can fully enjoy being newlywed, a few final details need to be sorted out.

couple enjoying honeymoon after the wedding

The heavy lifting of the process is behind you but these last few details will ensure a smooth landing into your new life. If you’re unsure where to start, this post-wedding checklist has everything you need to take care of after saying "I do."


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1. Soak Up Being Newlyweds 

Before checking any more things off your to-do list, take time to soak up being newlyweds. After months of planning, you’ve officially pulled off the wedding of your dreams. It’s time to celebrate! Pop the champagne, cozy up with your partner, and reflect on your day while sharing your favorite moments from the big day.


2. Send Thank You Notes to Guests 

Your guests have taken the time and made the effort, some traveling long distances, to take part in your celebration. Many will even arrive with or send gifts from your registry and well wishes. That’s why it’s important to sit down with your partner and write heartfelt thank-you notes expressing gratitude for those who attended and sent gifts. 


couple returning home after the wedding

3. Return Any Rentals 

To cut costs, many couples are taking the rental route. Renting your wedding attire, like suits or tuxedos, is an easy and cost-effective way to save money. While this is a huge benefit, it does mean you'll have some post-wedding tasks to take care of. If you’ve chosen to rent rather than purchase, you’ll need to return these items after the celebration. Since there's usually a deadline, this should be one of the first things on your post-wedding to-do list to avoid extra fees.


Preserving a bridal bouquet of flower after the wedding

4. Get Your Bridal Bouquet Preservation 

If you've decided to preserve your bridal bouquet or any other wedding floral arrangements, it's important to do so quickly. Flowers wilt and lose their shape and color rapidly after the big day. 

To ensure the best chance of preserving your bouquet in its original condition, you’ll want to have a plan before your big day. Choosing a preservation company well in advance will make for a stress-free process, only having to worry about shipping it off after your wedding day. 


Cleaning a dirty dress after the wedding

5. Book Cleaning and Wedding Dress Preservation

Similar to your bouquet, you’ll want to act fast if you’ve chosen to preserve your wedding dress. 

Leaving it hanging in your closet can result in color changes and potential stains. So, immediately after your wedding day, schedule a professional cleaning. Once thoroughly cleaned, send your gown to a preservation company. They'll expertly seal your dress, transforming it into a beautiful keepsake that lasts long beyond your wedding day. 


6. Take Care of Outstanding Payments 

It's easy to overlook some final financial details when the celebration ends. While you may have paid deposits in advance and tipped your vendors on the big day, there could still be outstanding payments. Take a moment to look over and triple-check all your financial agreements. It’s important to make sure all the financial aspects of your wedding are finalized before jetting off on your honeymoon. 


7. Leave Vendor Reviews 

When determining if you’re going to work with a vendor, there are many things to consider. You’ll look at previous work, prices, and reviews. The reviews from previous clients allow you to gauge what it’s like to work with this particular person or team. So, if you’ve enjoyed your experience, scream it from the rooftops and let future wedding-planning couples know by leaving a review. This is another way to support those who helped bring your dream wedding to life. 


8. Start the Name Change Process (If Changing Your Name) 

Changing your name on Facebook and Instagram is easy. Changing your name is a little more complicated—this is, of course, if you’ve chosen to change your last name. You must update important documents like your driver’s license, passport, and social security card. But that’s just the beginning. 


Before you kickstart this process, you’ll want to plan strategically. Changing your name on official documents can take a lot of time. So, if you have any upcoming travel plans, like your honeymoon, you might want to consider holding off. 


ordering a wedding album after the wedding

9. Order Your Wedding Photo Album

Receiving your wedding photos from your photographer is such an exciting moment. The first thing you’ll want to do is plaster them all over your social media channels. But we believe your wedding photos deserve more than just a social media post. So, after sharing them with loved ones, sit down with your significant other and create your photo album. Creating a precious album will preserve your photos, giving you a tangible wedding keepsake to look back on for years to come. 


Need Additional Wedding Planning Help? 

The wedding planning process demands a lot of time and energy. While the to-do list may seem endless, it doesn't stop after the big day. The major takeaway is to prepare yourself for all that’s required of you after the festivities have ended. Having this list of post-wedding tasks handy will serve as a reminder of what you need to do after your wedding before jetting off on your honeymoon. 


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