Your honeymoon was just what you needed after your long-anticipated wedding day. But what do you need to do now that your honeymoon is over?
DEAL WITH THE DRESS
If you plan on keeping your wedding dress, you’ll need to preserve it as soon as possible. After all, it was an investment! To preserve the dress professionally, contact a gown preservation specialist. If you would simply like to store your gown at home, keep it in a cool, dry closet space inside. Be sure this space is climate controlled.
Once you’re home, take an evening to go through all the gifts and cards with your new spouse. Be sure to keep a running list of who gave what, so that you can send a thank-you note to each of them. If you have any duplicates, make returns or exchanges as soon as possible.
CHANGE YOUR NAME
Changing your name after the wedding is no simple task and requirements vary from state to state, so research before you start the process. Usually, the first task is to change your name at the Social Security Administration. You’ll also need to update your driver’s license and passport, as well as the HR department at your workplace. Don’t forget to update your bank accounts, credit cards, utility accounts, rental agreements, and insurance policies as well.
PRINT WEDDING PHOTOS
Once you receive the wedding photos from your photographer, get them printed and in a photo album. It will be worth it when you’re able to thumb through all your photos on your first anniversary! If you don’t do it right away you will never get it done.
Now that you’re home, it’s time to get all the gritty financial details worked out if you haven’t already. Talk about all your debts, spending habits, budgeting, and whether you’ll keep your credit and bank accounts separate or joint. Just as you navigate the wedding budget conversation carefully with your family, you’ll need to do the same with your new spouse. You’re a team now!
The wedding chaos is over with so start off your marriage by reconnecting with the friends and family members you may have neglected during the engagement. Have fun and enjoy your married life with friends!