Couples who plan their own weddings might enjoy a satisfactory exhale once the knot has been tied and the last rug has been cut. Once guests head home and couples depart for their honeymoons, much of the work is done. But there are some lingering tasks for couples once they return from their first trip together as husband and wife.
Thank-you notes are perhaps a couple’s biggest task upon returning from their honeymoons. Such notes should be sent to all guests who attended your wedding as well as those who could not attend but still gave gifts. Carve out some time in the weeks immediately following your wedding to write personalized thank-you notes, mailing them all at the same time so guests do not feel slighted if their note arrives weeks after another’s.
Return to your wedding reception venue to pick up any leftover cake. Many venues will store leftover wedding cakes in their freezers for a reasonable amount of time until couples return from their honeymoons, but make it a point to pick up your cake as soon as possible. It’s customary to eat leftover cake, if you have any, on your first anniversary.
Many vendors now rely on internet reviews from past customers to help grow their businesses, and it’s a nice gesture for couples to offer their reviews. Chances are you relied on such reviews when choosing vendors for your wedding, so return the favour by writing reviews and helping future couples find reliable vendors who can help make their weddings special.
New brides who want to keep their dresses as keepsakes or preserve them as heirlooms should have their dresses cleaned and professionally preserved when they return from their honeymoons. The earlier you do this, the easier it is to remove any stains that might have developed during your wedding.
Newly married couples often receive repeat gifts or gifts they never put on their registries that they simply have no use for. Return such gifts as soon as possible so your home is not overwhelmed with clutter. Upon returning gifts, you also can do a little shopping, as you will have money to spend and the day you return gifts is a great opportunity.