After I Do: A To-Do List
Whether you were planning your wedding for weeks, months, or even a few years, one thing’s for sure – the day itself will pass in a flash! While you’ll want to ride the post-wedding high for as long as possible, there are numerous tasks that you’ll need to complete in the months following the ceremony. Here’s our guide to the essentials…
Check the venue
It’s always worth checking with your venue that you didn’t leave anything behind – with all of the excitement, it’s easily done, especially after a few glasses of celebratory fizz! Paying a visit soon after your wedding will ensure that nothing was missed and give you a fantastic opportunity to thank them for hosting your day.
Organise your outfits
If you’ve hired suits or kilts, be sure to return them on time so that you don’t incur any late fees or additional charges. If you purchased your outfits, you’ll need to make sure that you clean them as soon as possible too – no matter how hard you try to keep them clean, it’s inevitable that they’ll get a little dirty. Kilts require minimal care, and the majority of stains can be tackled with a lint-free cloth or clothes brush. Most dry cleaners will be able to take care of any tailoring or the rest of your Highlandwear, but for the bridal gown, it’s a good idea to take it to a bridalwear specialist who can help clean and preserve your dress.
Whether it’s for sentimental value or the possibility of passing it down to your own daughter, preserving your wedding dress is the best way to ensure it retains its colour, fabric and shape for years to come. It’s worth asking the seamstress or store you purchased your dress from for their recommendation – a professional preservationist will survey your gown in person, taking into consideration the materials, embellishments and any stains before coming up with a special approach for cleaning your dress. They’ll also be able to advise you on storage, as you’ll want your dress to be protected from extreme temperatures, moisture and exposure to sunlight.
Say thank you!
A particularly time consuming task, writing thank you notes is something many couples will try and put off, particularly if you had a large wedding with many guests. However, your friends and family will have travelled from near and far to be with you on your special day, and most likely gave you a nice gift too, so it’s very important to make sure that you don’t leave this too long. Schedule some time to tackle the task together with a bottle of wine, or put aside fifteen minutes each day to work your way through them and you’ll be done before you know it!
Go on honeymoon
Heading off on honeymoon soon after your wedding ceremony? Plan ahead to make sure that you’ve got everything you need and that your first vacation as newlyweds is as stress-free as possible! If you’re waiting to jet off – perhaps you need time to save up again, given the expense of the wedding alone – then the weeks after the wedding are a good time to start researching places you would like to go together, giving you another adventure to look forward to.
Make an album
Once you receive digital photos from your wedding photographer, you’ll want to settle down to select your favourites and consider how to best preserve them – whether you want large prints or to create an album that tells a story of the day. With choosing images taking an average of six hours, be sure to schedule some time together to choose your favourites and order your album. Sometimes, an album will be part of your photography package – make sure to tick this off your to do list if so, and don’t miss out on something you’ve already paid for!
Change your name
While it’s by no means necessary in this day and age, if you choose to change your name, then it’s important to take all of the legal steps quickly as the longer you wait, the more likely it is that you’ll create more headaches for yourself. Make a list of any bodies that will need to know about the change to ensure you don’t miss anyone out.
Exchange any gifts
This is an awkward one, but even if you put together a gift list, it’s still possible that some presents may not be your thing or you’ll receive duplicate items. If you are thinking of returning something, it’s a good idea to do so as soon as possible, before it’s too late. If you’ve received items that are part of a set, it’s also worth considering buying further items while they’re still in stock…
Sell your stuff
Tealight holders, confetti, flowers, bunting – there are a whole host of decorative items you may be left with following the celebrations! While you may have a use at home for them, if not, it’s also worth considering donating them to other couples planning a wedding or selling them online. We’d also recommend buying a keepsake box to store any significant items safely for the years to come.
Review your suppliers
Did you love your make-up? Think the food was fantastic? Stay on the dancefloor all night? Your vendors will have worked tirelessly to make your day special, so if you or your partner was particularly impressed with any of them, then make sure they know by leaving them a glowing review on Facebook or TripAdvisor. Not only is it a great way to express your gratitude, it will help them grow their business. Plus, your recommendation will help other couples achieve the day of their dreams…
Enjoy married life!
When you’ve been looking forward to your wedding day for weeks, months or years, it’s easy to feel a little blue once the big day is over. Planning something together will give you a new focus: whether it’s a renovation project in the home; hosting a dinner party for your friends where you can try out your new chinaware, or researching ideas for a one year anniversary vacation, there are a whole host of ways to make the most of your life together as a married couple. Be sure to enjoy every one of them!