The wedding is over, and you’re probably feeling a mix of emotions. You might be in awe that your big day has finally come to an end, or you may be anxious about the next steps.
This blog post will help get you started with some ideas on what to do after the wedding is over!
During the chaotic yet magical time of your wedding and honeymoon, it’s easy (and understandable) to want to relax after experiencing two significant life events.
But there are still a few essential items left to tackle.
Many couples forget about the essential tasks they still need to cross off their to-do lists after the wedding, from thanking their guests and vendors to finding creative ways to utilise their florals and favours. Check out our extensive list of Wedding Photographers in Melbourne to help capture your special moments.
To be sure you’re not missing a step, read on for everything you need to cross off once you’ve said: “I do.” Consider this your ultimate after-the-wedding checklist.
What to Do the Day After the Wedding
From finally getting some relaxation to organising your new lives together, here are some things you can do after your wedding day is over.
Relax as Newlyweds
This is the most obvious, but so necessary!
Most newlyweds have spent the last week or so in a constant “go go go!” mode, so it’s easy to forget to unwind and enjoy your first day as a married couple!
Sleep in, eat breakfast in bed, and take time to reflect on how amazing your wedding night was!
Receive Your Marriage License.
In most cases, your wedding officiant is responsible for filing the appropriate paperwork to ensure that you receive your marriage license.
While the time it will take varies from location to location, it usually takes a few weeks to receive the actual marriage license document.
Make it Social Media Official.
Nothing is official until it’s Facebook official! Am I right!? Switch your relationship status over to “Married” and let the whole (Facebook) world know that you just tied the knot!
For those who took their spouse’s last name, be sure to update your username, too.
Check Your Social Media and Wedding Hashtag.
If you had a wedding hashtag (hopefully you did!), be sure to check all of your social media apps to view your guests’ photos.
You’ll also want to check your Snapchat within 24 hours of your wedding to see all of the fun.
There may be images that you like and want to save—so be sure to do that as soon as you can. This is also an excellent way to combat wedding withdrawal.
Opening cards and wedding presents is a post-wedding highlight!
Whether you made a registry or left it to chance, there’s no doubt that presents are an exciting part of the experience.
Host a gift-opening brunch, or spend the afternoon in bed opening presents. Don’t forget to note who got you what so you can send out your thank-you’s!
Send Thank You Cards
The most evident and crucial after-the-wedding task? Writing thank you cards. And when it comes to sending these out, the sooner, the better.
It’s best to aim to have this finished within 90 days after the wedding. Then, your mother and mother-in-law will thank you.
Write them on the plane to and from your honeymoon. The Wi-Fi-free zone will help you focus.
Clean up the Reception Venue
This is probably the least relaxing way to spend the day after your wedding, but it’s often necessary!
Depending on your venue’s policies, you may need to spend some time putting away chairs and tables the following morning.
My suggestion? Ask some cousins, aunts, uncles, or friends, and denote a clean-up crew to do it for you.
Pack for Your Honeymoon
Can’t wait to jet set away with your new husband or wife? If your big trip is only a couple of days away, it’s worth spending an hour or two packings up everything!
Plus, it’ll get you two even more excited about your upcoming adventure.
Spend Time With Family and Friends
Whether you invite everyone over for coffee or go out for a light lunch, consider spending time with your out-of-town guests.
These people travelled from who-knows-where to see you, so make sure to make time for them!
You may also consider a low-key outing that won’t take up a lot of your energy, such as a boat ride or picnic.
Host an Informal Brunch
This is becoming a huge tradition for a lot of couples. And besides,, who doesn’t love brunch?
It doesn’t have to be some grand event, but invite your closest family, friends, and whoever else you couldn’t mingle with much at the reception.
Consider Gifting Printed Wedding Photo Albums
Even in this digital age, people still cherish a printed photo album. So after getting your professional wedding photos back, consider giving custom photo albums to your in-laws, family, and bridesmaids.
These albums double as souvenirs and gorgeous coffee table books. It’s a great thing for them to remember the wedding.
You can customise it so the in-laws’ book will look a lot different than the one for the bridesmaids. But, don’t course, don’t forget to order one for yourselves too!
You and your spouse will cherish the keepsake for years to come.
Ensure You’ve Paid and Tipped All Your Vendors
Double (and triple!) check that you’ve paid and tipped all of your hardworking vendors.
Review the contracts to ensure you didn’t forget anyone, and send payment immediately if you realise you still owe them.
And when it comes to tips, it is all up to you.
There are some etiquette considerations to keep in mind, but ultimately, the choice is yours regarding vendor tip amounts.
Leave Vendor Reviews
If you were happy with your vendors, let the world know. The best way to accomplish that? Send a personal review to the vendor or post online reviews.
Other couples will appreciate your honest feedback, and your vendors will love the potential to grow their business.
A testimonial from a happy couple goes a long way. Feel free to tag exceptional vendors on social media too. They love the love. Write thank you cards to vendors that went over the top. They’ve earned the extra praise.
Freeze the Wedding Cake
Toasting to your first anniversary with a slice (or two) of wedding cake requires a bit of pre-planning.
Ask your caterer to wrap up a piece or the top tier of your wedding cake, and have someone you trust transport the cake back to your home.
Cover the slice in saran wrap and then tin foil before you pop it in your freezer. And be sure it’s in a protected place. You wouldn’t want the cake to get crushed under anything in the freezer.
Have Your Wedding Dress Cleaned and Preserved
Your gorgeous gown deserves love after you’ve taken it off. If you plan on preserving your dress for years to come, have it cleaned as soon as possible. Stains will set the longer you wait.
Even if you don’t think you’ll pass down your wedding dress or veil, you’ll want to remember how fabulous you looked.
You can call your bridal dress shop to get recommendations for companies that clean and preserve gowns.
Some shops may have discounts on the service that you can purchase when you get your wedding dress.
Please point out the stains when you mail in your dress so the company can be sure to remove all of them.
Repurpose Your Flowers
Don’t toss your flowers—recycle them instead.
Besides encouraging your local guests to take home the excess blooms, you can also arrange to have your beautiful flowers dropped off at hospitals or nursing homes and coordinate the delivery with your florist.
You have so many leftover flowers after the wedding. Bringing them to a nursing home or a hospital could brighten up their day.
Reuse Leftover Wedding Favors
Ask your event planner to pick up any extra wedding favours—and then put them to good use.
Consider giving them as gifts. Extra cups? Use them in your kitchen. Have any monogrammed towels? At Brighton Savoy, we have compiled a list of the Best Photobooth Hires in Melbourne to help you choose who captures your magical day.
Use them in your guest bathroom. The key to reusing favours is to leave the wedding date off from the beginning to prevent dating each item.
Give Your In-Laws and Parents a Personalised Gift
If your in-laws or parents helped you out in a significant way with your nuptials (maybe they hosted the rehearsal dinner or helped you pay for the wedding), show them that you appreciate their contribution with a personalised gift.
A wooden cheese board and serving tray that’s engraved with your wedding invitation.
It’s a practical, personal, and downright beautiful way to thank those who supported you along the way.
Finish Your Registry
Don’t forget to snatch up whatever is left on your wedding registry. Many retailers will even offer discounts on the remaining items.
But don’t wait for this task. This offer is usually only good for about 30 days after your wedding, which will fly by.
Now’s the time to purchase more expensive items and complete sets.
After all, you don’t want one salad plate, three dinner plates, and a single cup and saucer. Closeout your registry when you’re finished purchasing what you want.
Do a Social Media Review
You worked hard to come up with that clever wedding hashtag. Now, be sure to get good use out of it.
If the bride and groom created a fun, personalised wedding hashtag, the following day is the best time to check the relevant social platforms.
With Facebook and Instagram Stories ruling the content world, newlyweds will want to make sure they take time to view all the fun wedding footage posted before the 24-hour expiration time. If there’s anything you love, ask the guest to send it to you so you can save it to your highlight reel.
Properly Store Your China and Silver
If you received wedding china or silver, you’d want to store it properly. China should be packed well in fabric boxes that zip up.
They’re invaluable to keeping such an investment safe. Do not stack plates too high (the bottom ones can crack under the weight), and place a piece of felt between each plate.
Silver should be stored in silver bags to prevent tarnishing. (Unless you want to be up all night before your next dinner party polishing everything.)
Change the Name on All Your Accounts
Perhaps the most boring but oh-so-important task on the list is to change your name on all your accounts.
No one says that one or either of you has to change their last name. But if one of you does choose to do so, make it a priority to complete the change across the board.
Do this immediately. Life will happen, and you will forget. The list is long, but it’s good to start by updating the most important things first.
This means your driver’s license, passport, credit cards, bank accounts, and social security card should be tackled first.
Be sure to let HR know that you’ve changed your name so your company can update your insurance and tax information.
Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
Schedule a spa day with your significant other – couple’s massages, facials, mud baths, and all! Who knows, the spa might even treat you to some delicious champagne and chocolates!
Bring Out the Mr and Mrs Mugs
This is your chance to be cheesy!
You’re in the honeymoon phase, for crying out loud. So break out those cute couple gifts the day after the wedding and send photos to whoever gave them to you – they’ll get a kick out of it!
Or, consider trying out these custom face masks – especially if you’re heading out for your honeymoon!
Take Down Your Wedding Website and Registry.
If you’re paying to host your wedding website, you’ll want to take it down after the big day to cut costs.
But also consider that both your registry and your wedding website may show up in Google results when people search for your name; remove both from the Web if you don’t want others to see them.
You should probably leave the registry up for a few extra months in case some of your guests still want to give you something (standard etiquette says they have up to a year to send their gifts), but if that seems unlikely, go ahead and remove it earlier.
Plan Some Post-Wedding Hangouts
You’ve likely been a bit MIA during the last few months of wedding planning, so it’s essential to come back to essential relationships.
You are maintaining a balance between your new marriage and the relationships you cherished before your wedding is super important.
Balancing time with your spouse and time with friends will help you to have a healthier marriage and better relationships all around!
Whether it’s book club or Sunday brunch, your friends will appreciate you pencilling in some time for post-wedding gatherings.
Take Care of Your Wedding Dress
After your wedding day is over, it’s easy to forget about taking care of your dress.
If you want to save your dress for your future daughter, as a memory, or otherwise, it NEEDS to be preserved!
Purchase a kit that both cleans and preserves your wedding dress. You’ll thank us down the road!
Order Takeout Food
We don’t encourage crash dieting leading up to the wedding (hello, fatigue and cravings).
But, you’ve likely been on your best behaviour when it comes to your pre-wedding meal plan and fitness regimen.
Now that the wedding is over, it’s time to treat yourself! Order from your favourite Chinese restaurant or inhale an insane amount of pizza.
Don’t let yourself slip into regular unhealthy habits, but instead declare the day after the wedding as a “treat day”.
Besides, who has the energy to cook a healthy meal the day after their wedding?
Look at Wedding Photos
Request to have your guests send you photos they took throughout the night.
Sometimes those candid shots can be super meaningful, even if a professional wedding photographer didn’t capture them!
Also, many professional photographers will have a set of ‘sneak peek’ photos ready for you the day after your wedding.
You can start thinking about which pictures to include in your wedding photo album.
Organise Wedding Rental Returns
Depending on what you rented and where you rented it from, companies may require rentals to be returned sooner than you’d like to think about.
While it can be annoying to tackle another logistical task, it’s better to be organised than pay late fees.
Whether it’s table decorations or the tuxes you rented, be sure to return borrowed items on time!
Write Down Your Favorite Wedding Memories
There is no need to write a novel, but jot down some of your favourite moments from the wedding day.
You and your new spouse will have so much fun looking back on funny or tear-invoking wedding day highlights in the future.
What a fun wedding anniversary tradition! Plus, plan out some future goals in this bucket list journal.
After planning such a big event, you deserve to take the following day (or more!) to relax and enjoy married life! Whether you spend the day with family and friends or relax in bed while stuffing your face with leftover cake, every couple will have their version of what relaxation means to them. Looking for a Wedding Photo Location? Look no further. Brighton Savoy has compiled an ultimate list of wedding photo locations to help you choose.