Preserve Your Dress/Suit
Once your wedding attire is cleaned and back to its original glory, then it’s important to store it properly and keep it free from dust. Put it in a clothes bag and keep it somewhere safe where it won’t get crumpled or squashed. If your dress is heavily embellished or has a lot of detail, try to hang it up if you can. We’ve got a guide to preserving and storing your wedding dress here to help you make sure it stays in perfect condition for as long as possible.
If you are changing your name then it’s a good idea to make a list of all the places you’ll need to notify. Your place of work, HM Revenue and Customs, the DVLA and your doctor are some of the main places that will need informing of the name change. You’ll also need to think about your passport – will you change your name on that before you travel post-wedding? If not, make sure you book any travel tickets in the name that is in your passport!
Once you’ve taken care of the important details then you could also change your email address and social media names – lots of platforms have the option of including your former name too so people can still find you.
You’ll probably find you have endless photos to go through from your special day, so after the wedding it’s time to figure out what to do with them. Once you’ve posted an extensive wedding album to Facebook it’s a good idea to go old school and make an actual photo album! If it’s not included in your photography package, buy a beautiful one – we’ve rounded up the best wedding photo albums available to shop now here
While it’s still fresh in your mind, take the time to review the experts who worked hard to make your wedding come together. We’re talking everyone from your planner, florist, venue and photographer down to your hairstylist and even the crafty designer who made your ring pillow. You know by now how important reviews are to the planning process, so take the time to offer newly engaged couples insight and reward all your fabulous vendors by leaving reviews that’ll help them get more business.
Time to check off a new (married) box on your tax forms. Now that you and your spouse are a legal unit, you need to decide whether you’re going to file together or continue to file separately (joint filing isn’t something mandated by law, though it’s generally recommended). Before deciding, consult your accountant to see what they advise for the two of you. Do this ASAP!
This is definitely the most obvious, but so important! Most newlyweds have spent the last week or so in a constant “go go go!” mode, so it’s easy to forget to unwind and enjoy your first day as a married couple! Sleep in, eat breakfast in bed, and take time to reflect on how amazing your wedding night was
Opening cards and wedding presents is definitely a post-wedding highlight! Whether you made a registry or left it to chance, there’s no doubt that presents are an exciting part of the experience. Host a gift-opening brunch, or spend the afternoon in bed opening presents.