The ‘After’ Checklist: your post-wedding to-do list
Unless you’re the type to catch a red eye to your honeymoon destination the evening of your wedding, the morning after you’ll probably wake up in your own bed or in a hotelroom close to where your reception was held. Although you may feel like you’re incapable of doing anything productive due to intense feelings of happiness, you might want to reconsider that late breakfast in favor of some admin stuff. Snooze fest, right? Wrong! Smart choice. There are lots you can deal with when you return, but invest in checking these five points off your list and you’ll enjoy your honeymoon like a pro!
- Bills, bills, bills
Bills might be the last thing on your mind when you wake up the day after your wedding, however taking care of any payables (think vendors, hired car to the airport for honeymoon, tickets, but also your monthlies such as rent) before your honeymoon will prevent stress down the line. Although most parts of the world have decent cell and internet connection, trust us, you don’t want to deal with angry vendors or your landlord. If possible, ask someone in your bridal party to take care of any vendors that need to be paid right after the wedding or soon after. Make sure he or she has enough spare cash in case of unexpected expenses (things do go wrong!). If that’s not possible, take advantage of modern technology and schedule a wire transfer prior to the wedding or spend your ‘morning after’ taking care of the bills. And make sure you have a separate wallet stashed with the essentials, your passport and enough cash for your honeymoon.
- Check travel dates and documents
Unless you are a frequent traveler and have your go-bag always by the door, you might want to take the time to check your travel documents, dates and times. Wedding bliss has the tendency to make us forget that the world goes on even when we’re tying the knot, so check when you are expected to board the plane (or cruise or train or horse and carriage) and make sure you’ve got all the travel documents, visas and cash you need to get there. Don’t worry too much about your suitcases: anything you might have forgotten to pack, you can probably purchase at your destination.
- Thank your bridal party
Your bridal party consisted of your closest friends and relatives and they will probably forgive you if you jet off to your honeymoon without as much as a text. However, it wouldn’t be too much trouble for you to send a thank you message to those who have slaved away for months to make sure your big day was indeed special. It can be a quick text message, email or phone call. Bonus point: you can update them on your itinerary so at least people know where you’ll be in cases of emergency. Relatives that have traveled far to come to your wedding would probably also appreciate it if you could find the time to have a quick coffee or lunch before you embark on your honeymoon. Other thank you notes can be send when you return from your trip.
- Preserve the essentials
You probably spent a fortune on the wedding gown and suit, so you might want to gather that heap of fine clothing first thing in the morning and drop it off at a reliable cleaner that is specialized in wedding gowns and suits. If you’re going on a longish honeymoon, arrange for someone to pick up the clothes in your absence. You’d be surprised how many people never pick up their wedding clothes at the cleaners. Other items you may want to preserve are your cake (slice and freeze in Ziploc bags. Double bag them if you are storing them for a longer period) and the wedding bouquet. Consult with your florist how best to dry the bouquet and proceed with the recommended steps.
- Pictures, please!
If possible, ask your photographer ahead of time to deliver at least a few pictures of the wedding the day after (or whenever he or she is able) so you can share them with your close friends and relatives. Use these pictures to send along with your thank you messages or, if you’re a social media addict, share them online and thank everyone for coming. Keep in mind though that the wedding photographer takes upwards of a couple of thousand shots (depending of course on the size of the engagement) and he or she might need a few days to sort through them.
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