There are hundreds of helpful checklists for brides available to plan out their wedding day. These “to-do” lists plot out arrangements for venues, guest lists, registries and wedding showers. However, that checklist does not necessarily end on your wedding day.
To help keep you organized after your wedding is over, here’s a list of seven items to keep on your to-do list.
Send out “thank you”s.
Wedding etiquette dictates that thank-you notes be sent up to three months after receiving the gift. If finishing all of those notes seems a bit daunting, see if you can tackle the task as a couple and divide up the notes.
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Finish the last of your wedding detail.
Before you settle into life with your new spouse, it’s important to finish the last of your wedding details. This includes paying off any remaining debt to your vendors and returning your rentals and borrowed items.
Organize your wedding album.
Gather up all of the photography from your professional photographer, family and friends and create your wedding album. If you’d like, you can even put together smaller albums as gifts for family members.
Preserve your keepsakes.
It’s also a good idea to set aside your favorite wedding keepsakes for safeguarding. So, make preparations to clean and store your gown, preserve your bouquet, make a display case of your favorite items or set aside special items in a safe storage area.
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Sort through your gifts.
Many stores have a time limit on gift exchanges, so it’s important to sort through your gifts as soon as you can. Make returns and exchanges as needed. Take note if you receive store credit, and decide as a couple how to save or spend your monetary gifts.
Did you change your name and address?
Then you should make sure the right people know. Apply the changes on your driver’s license, passport, and social security card. Call your credit card companies, bank, and insurance companies so they can be aware of the changes as well. If you did change addresses after the wedding, make sure your family and friends know your new address.
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Manage your (joint) accounts.
In fact, you may want to discuss with your spouse and work out a system of finances and combining accounts if you choose to do so. This includes changing/ combining bank accounts, insurance companies, phone providers, and contacting your account to file together on tax returns.