Many brides and grooms wonder how to get back to normal life after months of wedding planning. As a bride or groom you have spent months planning every detail of your wedding. You have stressed over the guest list, the budget, and the food. As the bride you have been the center of attention and have had everyone at your beck and call, but after the wedding, that is all over. So what do you do post wedding?
First, take some time to relish in the fact that you are now happily married. You should give yourself at least a week to decompress and let your brain unwind.
Secondly, write thank you cards. Yes, it is still protocol to send thank you cards to all of the guests who gave you a gift. Some people prefer to send a post card while others actually write individual thank you cards. I wrote all of my thank you cards because it was more personal and genuine. Whatever you do, do not send a mass e-mail, mass text message or a mass Facebook message because this is so impersonal and does not show that you appreciate your guest spending hard-earned money on you.
Third, return gifts. Return gifts that you do not want, do no need or just plain do not like. I had a lot of gifts that I did not register for and gifts that were duplicates; therefore, I returned those gifts and got gift cards in return. Even if you do not have a gift receipt, I found that most places will still allow you to return the gift and either give you a gift card or store credit. The easiest place to return wedding gifts is Bed, Bath and Beyond because the process of returning gifts is simple, quick and no hassle. In addition, Bed, Bath and Beyond will issue you a gift card that never expires, which is an additional plus when returning gifts.
Fourth, preserve wedding dress or wedding bouquet. The sooner you preserve your wedding dress the better so that it is easier to remove any stains and protect delicate beading. Also, it is so nice to preserve your bouquet and keep it as a centerpiece in your home.
Fifth, get wedding pictures from your guests. At my wedding, I had three wonderful photographers who took great pictures of our wedding. However, the photographer cannot be there for every single candid moment. Therefore, it is a good idea to reach out to friends and family and ask for copies of their pictures. My husband and I got great pictures that our friends and family took that included moments we did not know happened.
Lastly, have a thank you dinner or lunch for people involved in the wedding planning. A few weeks after my wedding my husband and I took our parents and others who were involved in the wedding planning out to dinner just to say “Thank you.” The people who helped you plan your wedding sacrificed their time and lives just to make your day special so a little extra acknowledgment of their efforts are greatly appreciated. Obviously, you do not have to have a dinner but any small gesture that shows your gratitude would suffice.