Now that you’ve enjoyed the excitement of your wedding day, you still have a few more tasks to complete but it will all be worth it! The first one “Save the Cake” needs to be done before you leave for your honeymoon but the others will be on your “to do list” once you return.
Save the Cake
Now, you might not think this is a priority to do right away but the cake will go bad if it is not properly stored in your freezer as quickly as possible. Follow these steps to preserving your cake:
- Remove decorative trimmings
- Make sure to chill the cake before wrapping it so the frosting hardens. This prevents the frosting to stick to the plastic wrap and can help hold in the moisture of the cake.
- Wrap the cake in several layers of plastic wrap.
- Seal the wrapped cake in an airtight bag and label it.
- Note that some cake freezes better than others, so you can try ordering a cake from the same bakery for your anniversary instead.
Send out Thank You Notes
We know that writing up those cards can seem like tedious work. However, this is such an important factor to remember to do. Your guests were there for you on your big day so remember to thank them for coming and those awesome gifts from your wedding registry!
Legally Change your Name
We know that right after the wedding you will make it Facebook official, but you should also make it legal as well. If you are taking your honeymoon directly after your wedding, do not change your name until you get back. The process takes about 4-6 weeks.
- Apply for a new Social Security Card. Please see the Social Security Administration’s website for more information. You need to do this first before changing any other documents.
- Change your License. Head on over to the DMV and bring all forms of identification with you including your marriage license and new Social Security Card.
- Now, since you have two forms of identification you can change the remaining documents: Bank accounts, credit cards, insurance, licenses, passport, investments, tax forms, and any other official documents containing your old last name.
Get the Dress Cleaned & Preserved
This is best to be done within the first weeks after you get married. (Always keep the dress in a dark and dry atmosphere until it is properly preserved.) You will want to ask your fabulous dress shop for recommendations for someone that specializes in cleaning and/or preserving the dress (usually they are one in the same). Even after you have your gorgeous dress perfectly cleaned and preserved, you want to find a dry and warm room with no direct sunlight to store it in.
Of course, you can’t forget to order your photo album and any extra prints (like it would be possible to forget!) of your special day. Make sure when you two sit down to choose the photos you have upwards of 5 hours to spend picking out your favorites. Remember, your wedding photographer took hundreds to thousands of photos that day and you would want to check them all out!
Don’t forget to take a few minutes to help other brides decide to use the vendors that helped you every step of the way on your wedding day. A nice and short Yelp, Facebook, The Knot and Wedding Wire review will go a long way to help those that helped you!
After you complete your Post-Wedding Checklist, you take some time to get adjusted into your new married life! Congratulations!