All the months and months of planning, and what now? Here are a few of the things that should be done after your wedding. Some of them might seem obvious, but others I didn’t really think of until it was too late. I hope this post can help you make some post-celebration preparations.
Get dress (and suit if you bought one) dry-cleaned
This one was a must for us! My dress was a bit dirty around the hem from the mud. Justin’s suit jacket had an odd smell after the dew settled on it. Sending things to the cleaners was super important to us.
Open gifts and start on thank you cards
I know this is obvious, but etiquette states you have three months to get this done. We created a Google Sheets spreadsheet of all the gifts we received as wedding presents. We then used a photo from our wedding to create a postcard for our thank you notes. It had been exactly 6 weeks after our wedding that we received more than our one sneak peek photo – so that left us 6 weeks to get all the thank you notes out.
Have a plan for your flowers
This one! We had no idea what to do with all of our gorgeous table decorations after the ceremony. Many nursing homes or assisted living facilities would love to have your flowers after the wedding. (You might check beforehand what their procedures are with COVID regulations.) We wished we had some kind of plan for what to do with all of our amazing arrangements before we were suddenly cleaning up on Sunday with no clue about what to do.
Create a memento from programs and invites
The little things from the day are all a part of the larger story, and finding some way to display those is a great way to remember your big day. Scrapbook, shadowbox, or even just a memento box where you keep everything in one place can be nice.
Review your wedding vendors
While not necessary, many vendors really appreciate this. Reviews are a great way to show your appreciation and they help your vendors book future clients. When you consider buying something or hiring someone, you almost always read the reviews. So do other potential clients, and vendors really appreciate when they get new reviews.
Order an album or photos
I love the photos from our wedding. We have an album to tell the story of our day, and 8 canvases to make a gallery wall in our living room. Plus, I printed a ChatBook from the photos I took that day. 🙂 Because yes, I carried my camera around at my wedding reception.
Originally published November 10, 2017 as “Things to do after your wedding.”
HOST | ASHLEY ICE PHOTOGRAPHY
VENUE | THE VINTAGE HOUSE
EVENT PLANNER | THIRTYONE:THIRTY EVENTS & DESIGNS
FLORIST | ADORN FLORAL DESIGN
CAKE/SWEETS | CRUMBS AND CONFECTIONS LLC
COTTON CANDY | COTTONTALE KC
HAIR STYLIST | MAE DAY STUDIO
MAKE UP ARTIST | SHANI ANDERSON OVERFELT
STATIONARY | THE INK CAFE
GOWN | GOWN GALLERY
DESIGNER | OLHA POTAPENKO
BRIDESMAID DRESSES | BELLA BRIDESMAIDS
TUX | MIA’S BRIDAL
VEILS & CUFFLINKS | OVER THE MOON BRIDAL
JEWELRY | HAPPILY EVER BORROWED
BRIDE | KELSEY MURPHY
GROOM | SHANNEN MCCRAY
February 15, 2021