So, your big day is all over. Chances are, your wedding day was a whirlwind of a day, one that, after a great deal of planning and preparation, will be in your hearts and minds forever. Unfortunately, all of the work is not over. There are a bunch of things to tick off your list now that you are a married couple, but, once you’re done with these action items, you’ll finally be ready to relax! Here’s a post-wedding admin checklist to complete in the few days after your big day.
1. Protect yourself as a couple.
Now that you are a couple, you are financially responsible for one other. You are each other’s dependents, so it only makes sense that you’ll want to protect yourselves if anything happens to the other partner. The best way to do this is to invest in life insurance for each person, and have the opposite spouse listed as the sole beneficiary. While you may not want to think about life insurance policies and anything bad happening in the future, investing in life insurance early in your marriage will let you know that your spouse is taken care of no matter what happens, which bring peace of mind and financial strength to your whole life together. Research insurance companies and get a life insurance quote to make sure that you’re getting the best life insurance policy for you and your spouse.
2. Give out gifts to your loved ones.
It takes a village to help a couple get married. There are so many people who helped out with your big day, from planning and coordinating to standing up next to you as you speak your vows and walking you down the aisle. You’ll want to shower your friends and family with gifts as a way of saying thanks, with special gift for each member of the bridal party. After all, you don’t want to get the same thing for the father of the groom as you would for the little girl who was a flower girl! You want that personal touch to make sure it’s the best gift possible. An easy option for a thoughtful gift is to share pictures of you and your spouse with your family members and friends during the wedding day. Pictures make great father of the bride gifts, bridesmaid gifts, groomsmen gifts, and even gifts for the flower girl or the best man! Don’t forget to attach a thank you card, embossed with your new initials.
3. Host a thank you brunch.
While yes, it may seem exhausting to host another event, having a brunch is a great idea to get all your loved ones together on a more personal basis. A morning-after brunch is becoming a very popular option for brides and grooms, as it gives them an opportunity to mingle with those they may have missed on their special day at the reception. It doesn’t even have to be on the day after the wedding, you can easily host it once you both come back from your honeymoon — it’s a great way to share about your recent travels!
4. Make it official.
If you choose to take your spouse’s last name, use this time to make it official. Change your last name on all your social media accounts, your credit card bills, your subscriptions, your job email, and all other personal legal documents. It may seem like a headache to do this all at once, but it will surely bring a smile to your face every time you see your new name show up in your daily life.
5. Review your vendors.
Your vendors made your special day into for the wedding of your dreams, so don’t forget about them the minute the wedding is over! Shower them with positive reviews online and let the world know the specific details about why you loved them so much. Social media marketing is one of the most important things for a small business, and your review can really go a long way. You can even go the extra step and send them a personalized thank you note, with a gift card to another small business in your area.
6. Schedule a spa day.
For some much-needed relaxation! Make this for about a month after you come home from your honeymoon (assuming you take the honeymoon right after the wedding). Chances are, the stress will catch up with you in the weeks after you come home from the vacation and you’ll want a time to rest and recharge.
Here’s to martial bliss!