Your wedding day is over. Months and months of planning, while juggling family, work and wedding details all ended in one fantastic day. Now what?

As much as you want to move on and begin your happily ever after, there are still a few things that need to be taken care of.

1. First and Foremost

If you have chosen to preserve your wedding bouquet the preservation company has most likely sent you what you need to ship the bouquet to them right after the wedding. Don’t let this wait. After a long wedding day your bouquet has already started to lose its luster.

The same goes for preserving your wedding gown. The perspiration, makeup, and even stains you might have missed are starting to set in. Be sure that you arranged for gown cleaning and preservation in advance so that everything can be shipped out the following day.

Don’t be shy, these are great projects for your honor attendant to take care of after your wedding.

2. Chill Out

If, because of your busy schedules, you are not able to take off on your honeymoon right away, take some time for just the two of you. Consider scheduling a couple’s massage, or even taking the weekend to check into a nearby hotel, enjoy some room service and chill out.

3. A Five Star Day

Online reviews are probably how you found a majority of the professionals you worked with. If not, you still probably did your research and took some time to check them out.

While the details are still fresh in your mind, take some time while you are lounging at the airport waiting for your flight to leave your wedding pros a review. Your vendors and the future couples planning their wedding will appreciate it.

4. Thank You

Absolutely consider purchasing personalized thank you notes when you order your wedding invitation suite. Try to start early with thank you notes from your engagement and wedding shower gifts. This will leave you fewer thank you notes to write after your wedding day.

Writing several on the flight to your honeymoon destination makes the trip go faster and lessens the number of notes you’ll have to write later. Be sure to divide and conquer. Have your spouse write notes for their family and friends.

5. Don't Wait

There are a few things best left until after your honeymoon. When you return, check out your wedding registry and close it out. Many companies offer a percentage off on registry items your guests did not purchase, often for a limited time only, so be sure to check it out. You’ll also want to take care of any exchanges or returns of wedding gifts.

6. One Last Thing

And the big one. If you choose to change your name, you don’t want to drag this process out. Some things need to be changed in a specific order before the rest can follow. It can be a bit of a process but there are numerous online services that can prepare all the documents you need to make this change as easy as possible.

Pro Tip: DO NOT make your honeymoon reservations, cruise, or airline tickets in your new married name. Chances are that you will not have your passport, driver’s license, or ID changed into your married name when you travel.

While you wrap up all of the details of your wedding, be sure to take a deep breath and give yourself some time to relax and unwind.

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