So the big day has come and gone and your excited about what the future holds. Before you get too settled into married life just remember there are a few things that need to be done after the wedding. We’ve put together a post-wedding checklist. (Quick hint: the longer you put them off the harder it can be, so get as much done as early as you can!)
1. Thank You Cards
These need to be sent no later than 2 months after the wedding. Order them in advance of the wedding and save yourself waiting on them after. If you are buying matching invitations and thank you cards you could buy them together and save money on the shipping costs. It is always a nice idea to send some to your favourite suppliers. If you are looking for tips on wording take a look at our advice here.
2. The Dress
You will need to get the dress cleaned shortly after the wedding so that it remains in good condition whether you are keeping it or passing it on. If you are keeping it you may want to consider a storage box perfect for preserving your dress.
3. Rental Return
Your going to be very busy after the wedding or maybe rushing off on your honeymoon so it might be wise to pre-plan and arrange for somebody to take care of tux returns and dry cleaning.
You may be sending them thank you cards but if not make sure to follow up with an email. Vendors will appreciate any reviews you will give. They may also be looking for some photos that they can use on their site that you might like to share.
5. Change your name
There will be a small few administrative bits that need to be taken care of. Think of all the places that you will need to change your name – driver’s license, passport, bank accounts etc. Most places will need a copy of your marriage cert. In Ireland and the UK, you have no obligation to change your name by Deed Poll.
You may want to consolidate any separate insurance policies at this stage and update beneficiaries to be your spouse.
Now that the two of you 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, you may want to get some advice from an expert.