After your wedding, it's understandable if you want to relax, but there are still a few items to cross off your to-do list. In this chapter, we'll cover essential post-wedding items you don't want to forget. If you have any questions about after-wedding dress care, contact our experts at Alexandra's Bridal – that's what we're here for.
Your After-Wedding Checklist
Here are some of the items you'll want to take care of after you say, "I do." Make sure to schedule in some relaxation with your spouse.
Send Thank-You Cards
You'll want to send out thank-you cards as soon as possible, or at least no more than three months after your wedding. If you're going on a honeymoon, consider writing them as you travel to and from your destination, so all the details of the wedding are fresh in your mind. You might also try setting aside a few minutes a day to knock out a handful of thank-you cards. Share the task with your spouse and handwrite each one to make them feel personal.
Give Printed Wedding Photos as Gifts
Even in today's world, people still appreciate printed photos. Consider giving photos to wedding party members, parents and in-laws as special keepsakes, and don't forget to print some for yourselves. Though no rule says you must present photos to those who contributed to your wedding, it's a thoughtful gesture that shows your appreciation.
Double-Check Vendor Payments
Make sure you paid and tipped all vendors. If you discover you forgot to pay someone, send the payment immediately.
Freeze Your Wedding Cake
Ask your caterer to wrap the top tier of your wedding cake so you can put it in your freezer. To keep your cake in great shape, place it on a plastic plate or lid and stick it in the freezer uncovered for a couple of hours so it sets. Then, wrap it in plastic wrap followed by foil and store it in the freezer in a safe spot where it won't get crushed. Enjoy the cake with your spouse on your first anniversary.
Preserve Your Dress
Have your gown cleaned and preserved so you can pass it down or keep it to remember your beautiful day. Have it cleaned professionally as soon as you can. If you are taking your honeymoon right after your wedding, ask a friend or family member to drop your dress off at a cleaning service that specializes in wedding gowns. Not sure where to go? Ask your bridal boutique for recommendations.
Chances are you'll have a supply of decorations after your wedding, which you may not want or have room for in your home. Plan to encourage guests to take flowers and excess decor home with them or consider donating items to a local nursing home or hospital. You might also consider selling decor to another soon-to-marry couple or having a garage sale.
Update Your Accounts
If you changed your name, you need to update all of your accounts. This includes changing your name on your social security card, driver's license, passport and other relevant forms of identification. Also, don't forget to change your name on credit cards, bank accounts and with your employer.
Write Vendor Reviews
Are you impressed with everything your vendors did for you on your wedding day? If so, you can thank vendors for their hard work by writing reviews. Your reviews can help your vendors attract more customers, and you'll assist other couples who are searching for recommendations.
Take Care of Gift Returns and Exchanges
You may have received a few gifts that aren't really something you need or want, and that's all right — it happens. Try to return or exchange any registry items you don't want as soon as you can. If you wait too long, you may not be able to return unwanted items.
Did you stick to a strict diet plan leading up to your wedding day? If so, now's the time to order takeout from your favorite restaurant, curl up the couch and savor marital bliss.
What to Do With Your Wedding Website After the Wedding
There's no need to delete your wedding website immediately after you get married. On the contrary, it's a good idea to keep your website for a year so you can upload photos and share fun details about your honeymoon. You might also find some friends sending a gift to your registry after your wedding.
Find Your Dream Gown at Alexandra's Boutique
Planning a wedding is no small task, but you can enjoy the process with as little stress as possible if you tackle your to-do list in steps. Reach out to your loved ones for help when you feel overwhelmed, and use the expertise of professionals if you need assistance making decisions. Most importantly, never lose sight of what your wedding is really all about — celebrating the love you share with your partner, and the journey that lies ahead for you both.
Part of enjoying your special day is finding a gorgeous wedding dress that reflects who you are. You may have dreamt of your perfect gown since you were a child, and understandably, you want to find a dress that feels meaningful to you and highlights your beauty. A wedding dress is a symbol of your commitment to your partner and your new life together, and it's something you can cherish forever.
Choosing the right gown can feel overwhelming to a soon-to-be-bride because there are so many factors to consider, such as style, fabric and budget. Although you can find inspiration on your own, know that bridal experts are available to help you make the best choice and find a gown that feels like the "one." At Alexandra's Boutique, our Master Bridal Consultants are specially trained to help you find a flattering, beautiful and unique wedding dress. We offer a large selection of exclusive designer wedding dresses, always keeping the latest trends in mind. Make an appointment today to find the dress you've always dreamed of, or visit our store in Fall River, Massachusetts.