Life After The Wedding

photo credit: Sean Molin Photography via photopin cc
photo credit: Sean Molin Photography via photopin cc

The DJ’s played the last record, the last dance has been danced, the honeymoon’s officially over, and the chaotic whirlwind of events has finally come to an end. What’s next on the agenda? Here’s some things to keep in mind when life goes back to normal.

Practice gratitude. Take some time to smell the roses, literally, and reflect on all of the fun filled events leading up to the your wedding day. Fish out the wedding gifts and figure out what will be actually be used and how many duplicates you’ll need to return. Ask your partner if you really need the gigantic home popcorn maker, and decide which gifts stay or go. There’s only so many crock pots, rice cookers and toaster ovens a family needs, right? Write out some personalized thank you notes for your family members and your friends. Let them know how much you appreciate all that they have done to make your wedding a success. You’ll feel lighter and happier for giving back in return for all you’ve been given. It’s also a perfect way to announce your new home address so you can stay in the loop with all your loved ones.

thank you cards
Minted Thank You Card

Sort through photos and decide if you’d like to create a digital or print photo album. This is a fun way to bond and reminisce over all of the joyous wedding festivities. Also, remember that many commercial photographers have specific rules on copyright information and deadlines for purchasing shots. Keep the communication lines open and be sure not to procrastinate, you’ll want to have those treasured moments for years to come. Other ideas include ordering a DVD of the wedding celebration, an easy, convenient choice to replay for future anniversaries. Don’t forget to make extra copies for Mum and Dad.

Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to put this, but you’ll have to buckle down and do some paperwork. It will definitely pay off in the long run, so don’t procrastinate on updating all of your personal identity information. Check the websites for printable forms or digital PDF documents that can be filled out online, saving you time and energy. Remember, this includes updating your name, address and phone number on your driver’s license, passport, social security card and credit card. Although it may seem time consuming, it will give you and your partner both peace of mind.

wedding photobook idea

Schedule a meeting to sit down and discuss your financial and healthcare plans. Topics to be discussed include setting a weekly and monthly budget and choosing to decide on a joint bank account. Other vital things to be discussed include family healthcare plan options. You’ll need to review the costs and benefits of each plan to make sure it’s the right fit for you. Be sure to weigh out the pro’s and con’s of each choice, you’ll want to be on the same page as your partner to avoid any arguments. As you settle into the next phase of your life as a married couple, take it easy and roll with the changes. Stay in the loop and check out a site like for all the latest on relationship and sex info.