Over the last year and a half, I’ve written tons and tons of posts about wedding planning and preparing for the most magical day of your life. But eventually, your focus needs to shift to what happens after the wedding day, as will my blog. So I figured, why not start with what happens right after the wedding day. You definitely had a wedding planning to do list, but what about a newlywed to do list? Now that the big day is over there are plenty of things to do in order to make sure you’re starting your marriage off right. And getting organized is the way to do that! Just continue reading, because I’m sharing with you the ultimate newlywed to do list for after the wedding.
Write and Send Thank You Notes
Friends, this is such an important part of the newlywed to do list! Your friends and family spent time and money coming to your big day and likely brought a gift. Start working on these as soon as you get back from the honeymoon so you can get them sent out ASAP!
Clean and Preserve Your Wedding Dress
Better to get this step done sooner rather than later. It’s the easiest item on the newlywed to do list, so might as well tackle it right away! If you danced the night away at your wedding, chances are your dress could use a good cleaning! For instance, it was pouring rain on my wedding day. So naturally the bottom of my dress got water and mud on it. But it also happened that the blue dye in my wedding shoes ran onto my dress because of the rain, leaving blue blotches all along the bottom. Awesome, right? Well, my mom dropped the dress off to be cleaned and preserved while we were on our honeymoon, and now it’s good as new! Make sure to store it somewhere that isn’t too damp. Mine slides easily under my bed, but will probably go in a closet when we buy a house and have more space.
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Change Your Name
You might not be changing your last name, which is totally cool! For those of you who are, this one is a hassle because there are so many steps. But of all the items on the newlywed to do list, this one might be the most fun! Admit it, you know you’ve been practicing signing your married name (okay, I actually didn’t practice, and I totally blanked the first time I had to sign my name!).
1. Pick up a copy of your marriage certificate. You’ll typically do this in the county where you were married. You’ll need this to move on to the next steps!
2. Change your Social Security Card. You won’t be able to change anything else until you’ve gotten your new card! This can take a week or two, so you might be stuck with your maiden name on your ID for a bit.
3. Head to the local DMV and get your Driver’s License or State ID changed.
4. Change your credit cards, loans, etc. Okay, friends. Truth time. I haven’t done this yet. I’m still carrying around credit and debit cards that still have my maiden name on them. This hasn’t presented a huge issue because I keep my old Driver’s License in my wallet just in case, but I definitely need to take care of this!
5. Change your passport. Even if you aren’t planning on doing any international travel in the near future, it’s easier to take care of it right away. That way when you do decide to travel, it’s already taken care of.
Figure Our Finances
This is going to be different on each couple’s newlywed to do list because each couple decides individually how to do their finances. Some don’t combine finances at all, some combine them completely, and some do a hybrid and have a joint account for bills, and personal accounts for spending money. Whatever works for you! Figure out how you’ll combine them, and also how you’ll budget together.
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This might mean changing the beneficiaries on your life insurance. It might also mean adding your spouse to your employer’s health insurance plan. Take stock of what insurance plans you have and what you can combine as well (car insurance, renter’s/homeowner’s insurance).
What other items were on your newlywed to do list?
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