The period after the wedding and before the honeymoon is a great time for reflection on the special day but there are some post-wedding tasks that you should get out of the way before you move on! Doing these three tasks sooner rather than later means you can relax on your honeymoon and remember your wedding forever.
Save your wedding dress
Your wedding dress probably went through a lot during the wedding, especially if you were at an outdoor venue. Most brides know to take care of their wedding dress as close to the wedding day as possible. Take it to a specialist to have any stains removed and ask them to work with the dress to preserve it, if you want to keep it. They will be able to package it to preserve it long-term. Alternatively, once the dress is good as new, you might want to donate it to a second hand bridal shop or someone else who might need it. Either way, the quicker you get the dress to a specialist, the better a job they can do of cleaning it!
Write your thank you notes
No one wants to return home from their honeymoon to more unpacking than what’s already necessary. Try to organise your wedding gifts before you go. Keep an accurate list of which guest gave you what so that you can properly thank everyone. It helps to have a set of thank you cards similar to your wedding invitations. Write thank you notes that are personal, with suggestions of how you might use or where you might place their gift and, if possible, send them a photo of them and their group from the wedding photography, so that they can always remember your day.
Save some decorations
Your wedding album is great memorabilia of your special day but it might be nice to also have something you can hold that takes you back to your wedding day. Before the cleaners remove everything from your wedding and reception area, be sure to go around and save a few items before they’re gone forever. Pick flowers to have pressed or preserved, save speeches from loved ones so you have their special words to keep and any other wedding decor items that you love. It makes no sense to be so particular about the theming of your wedding if it’s gone for good thereafter. When organising your wedding, have an idea of what you’d like saved and do that!
If you’ve already been a bride and have more post-wedding tasks to add, let us know in the comments below!