Planning your wedding day has been exciting and has filled most of your free time with preparations, trials, tastings and fittings. What about after the big day? What happens then? Taking care of the final touches after your wedding can prolong the wedding day high you both feel, and the best part is yet to come.
Rest and Rejuvenate
The excitement, stress and fatigue will set in soon after the big day has passed. Even if your wedding was intimate, you will feel tired soon after vows were exchanged, and new surnames were signed. This is normal and it is important to acknowledge that a period of rest and relaxation is needed after months of planning and preparation.
If you are lucky enough to go on honeymoon directly after your wedding, sleep in and take a day or two to catch your breath with your partner. If you are not planning on a honeymoon soon after your wedding, take a day or two off work to settle in and put your feet up.
Often the period directly after the wedding is a somber time for brides who thrived on the planning and attention the wedding day brought with it. The sudden feeling of not having to plan or try things out for the big day can be depressing as all the excitement has passed. Luckily, there are the things that happen after the wedding which can extend the feeling of bliss for the newlyweds.
Opening the Gifts
The registry has been checked, items were thoughtfully purchased, wrapped and left on the wedding gift table. Perhaps, envelopes containing vouchers or cash were the preferred gift or deposits into a personal bank account. Whatever method of gifting was bestowed on you as a couple, it is time to thank your guests for their generosity.
When you are ready, sit down as a couple and open your gifts together mindfully. Write down which person gave you which present or cash and decide on how best to thank them. Wedding thank you cards are normally the best way to express your gratitude to people for sharing your special day and for the gifts too. Even if your guests did not give a gift, they should still be thanked for coming to your ceremony and reception and being a witness to the next chapter in your life.
Even with gift registries there are certain times that you may receive duplicate gifts, if this is the case, plan a day to exchange duplicates or return items which were perhaps damaged or defective to the store. Do this discreetly as to not offend wedding guests that may have bought a duplicate gift or unknowingly purchased a defective item.
If there are a few things that need to be done directly after the wedding, it may be helpful to compile a list of things to do to help streamline the process. Things such as returning your wedding dress rental, dry-cleaning of garments, settling outstanding vendor accounts or returning items you may have borrowed should all be taken care of as soon as possible after the big day.
Once you have done the above, the most exciting part of your wedding day can be focused on – the marriage. The newlywed period is probably the most exciting part after the big day where couples can grow together, plan new adventures to undertake and perhaps start preparing for the first wedding anniversary celebration!