So you’ve made it down the aisle, partied the night away and managed to get away for a honeymoon… now married life can begin!
The conclusion of your wedding day doesn’t mean your wedding admin (aka “wedmin”!) can finish up just yet though. There’s still a few must-dos on the list before you can wrap things up. No stress though, let’s cover off what needs done (and we will give you some tips along the way).
Return your Rentals
This is a great task to delegate, especially if you pop off for your honeymoon straight after your wedding. Get anything hired back as soon as you can to save on late fees and receive back your bond, so you have cash on hand to…
Pay your vendors
Many of your wedding vendors will have been paid prior to the wedding day, but some don’t require paid until the day of, or just after. If you’re heading away straight after the wedding, set up a bill payment online so there’s no delays in receiving those final bits (like the edited video, or your photos).
Change your last name
For those of us with hard to spell and/or pronounce last names, changing our last name is a major perk of marriage. And you may want to practice your new signature by signing all those thank you notes.
Here’s some tips for changing your last name:
Get your wedding photos and video
First priority for many couples is reliving their day again through the magic of photography (and videography if you went for that). If you’ve signed a contract with your photographer, it will probably say when you shall expect to see your photos. Most photogs get their photos to clients between 4 weeks and 4 months after, as they tweak the colours and work their magic while juggling other weddings. Good things take time, but once they are here, you can move onto…
Thank you cards
This is an often-dreaded part of wedmin, but flip it this way – if you’ve got lots of thank you cards to write, you have lots of people who love and celebrate you!
Heres’s some advice to help make this task a little easier:
- Saying thanks to your wedding guests for their support
- 5 tips for writing thank you notes
- When do I have to send thank you cards?
- Wedding thank you note wording ideas
And here’s some design inspiration. Pick something that strikes your fancy, or match the rest of your wedding stationery:
Clean your wedding dress
Whether you plan to sell your wedding dress, or stash it away for future generations, your first step here is to get it cleaned. There are professional services that do this, but I have to admit to a DIY clean of my bridal gown.
Once your wedding dress has been freshened up, maybe take a read of these 5 ways to repurpose your wedding dress.
Store your Wedding Photos
It’s vital to store your wedding photos safely, so make sure to back up your wedding photos. Think of it as insurance. And don’t rely on your wedding photographer to keep a copy.
While you are uploading those photos, perhaps select a favourite to get printed for your…
1st wedding anniversary celebrations
Paper is the traditional gift for 1st wedding anniversary presents, so why not get your vows, a wedding reading or lyrics to your first song printed onto paper?
If you did plenty of photo printing after your wedding, then a commemorative print designed to match your wedding stationery is a thoughtful idea too:
Wedding Song Lyrics Print (Tui on Kowhai)
Wedding Lyrics Poster Print (Antler & Horseshoe Design)
Wedding Song Lyrics Print – Dusky Peonies on Wood
Concerto Wedding Lyrics Print
Rose and Bird Vow Print
Song Lyrics Print
Wedding Anniversary Print – Stag Monogram
Wedding First Dance Lyrics Print – Rose Gold Tropics