25 Dec Five Things to Do Immediately After Your Wedding Day
Most couples are so intent on meticulously planning all the details leading up to their wedding, that they forget about some of the most important things that need to be done immediately after. Unfortunately, this can result in a huge headache and possibly even extra expenses that you didn’t factor into your budget. By planning for these things ahead of time, you can avoid the frantic “did someone return the rented tables and chairs??” phone call mid-way through your honeymoon and enjoy yourself, worry-free. It may also be a good idea to talk with your wedding planner prior to your big day; it’s likely he or she will have some good tips too.
Put your wedding cake in the freezer. Many couples follow the tradition of preserving the top tier of their wedding cake so they can eat a piece of it on their first anniversary. However, if you don’t take the cake straight from the reception and put it in the freezer, it’s unlikely it will last that long. Make sure you have space in your freezer (or a friend or family member’s) prior to your wedding day so you don’t have to scramble to fit it in afterward.
Return the rentals. This is a chore you can pass on to a friend or family member, especially if you’re leaving for your honeymoon the following day. Ask someone you trust to return anything that was rented for the ceremony or reception, including tablecloths, tables, chairs and even tuxedos. In most cases, you are charged a late fee for each extra day you hang on to the items, so returning them immediately is key.
Organize your gifts and thank-you cards. Chances are, writing out your thank-you cards is going to take more than a few days, but if you designate a place in your home for the gifts and cards before your honeymoon, it won’t be such a hassle to get everything in order when you get back. It’s a great idea to write a list including each gift and who it came from as you’re opening them so that you don’t lose track. This way, writing out your thank-you cards is a snap.
Double-check your bills. The best time to take a second look at your expenses is right after the wedding so you don’t lose track of the charges that you initially agreed to. Some couples are able to pay all of their vendors prior to the big day, which is great. If not, it’s important to make sure payment arrangements are put in place so you don’t get back from your honeymoon to find out payments are overdue.
Have your wedding dress cleaned professionally. Whatever you plan to do with your dress after the wedding, it will have to be professionally cleaned. Don’t just take it to any cleaners though; look for one that specializes in cleaning wedding dresses and also offers storage packaging. Good luck and happy wedding planning!