11 Important things to do after your wedding

Lesley Forest - Sunday, April 12, 2015

Unfortunately for most exhausted brides and grooms, there's still plenty to do after the wedding. Here's a post wedding checklist that will help get you organized.

  1. Preserve your wedding mementos

    Organize your wedding memorabilia including preserving your wedding bouquet.
  2. Return rented or borrowed items

    You may be on your honeymoon but any rented or borrowed clothes, equipment or accessories will still need to be returned; and usually within the first week. This may be best left to a close, reliable friend or family member.
  3. Have your gifts delivered from the gift registry

    Although the delivery date has probably already been organized, perhaps give the gift registry the contact details of a friend or family member just in case there are any issues while you are on your honeymoon.
  4. Contact your photographer and videographer for a viewing

    If you haven't done so already, contact your photographer/videographer and set a date for a viewing. This ensures that you'll see your photos/footage within a decent time frame and also gives them a deadline to have all post production processing done.
  5. Upload your personal photos to social media and invite friends and family to do the same

    There's every chance that this has already been done during your wedding but it's a good reminder anyway.
  6. Get an official copy of your marriage certificate from the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages in the State where the marriage took place

    That is, if your celebrant has NOT included this in the official documents sent to Births Deaths and Marriages after your wedding.
  7. Write and send out thank you cards

    Don't forget to thank everyone who made your day so special.
  8. Organise your wedding dress

    What to do with your wedding dress after the wedding - so many options! Some dry clean it, some get it professionally preserved and some destroy it in a special ceremony!
  9. Change your name (or don't!)

    Contact the Brisbane Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to change your name:
  10. Update your relationship status (not just on Facebook)

    Some organizations like Centrelink need to know if your marital status has changed.
  11. Important paper work: Update your Will, your Life Insurance policy and your Superannuation

    This is important particularly if you haven't got your partner listed as the beneficiary.

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