Your honeymoon is a time to unwind from all the wedding planning and enjoy time with your spouse. When you get back it will be time to go back to life as usual. What should you take care of first in order to make the transition smoother?
- Sorting out your wedding gifts- what to keep and what to return. Go through and decide if all the gifts are the right fit for you. If not, then you can just send the giver a thank you note for their gift and find something that is more suitable to your needs.
- Thank you notes. Take the time to do this before you get so busy you forget. Keep a list of who gave you what so that you can mention their gift personally in the note. It will be a nice extra touch that shows them you were paying attention.
- Clean out the closets and cupboards to give your new gifts their home. This way, you really feel like you are starting fresh with your spouse and building a new life together.
- Start the process of changing your name. There are a lot of places that you will need to change your name, so it is best to create a list to figure out your plan of attack. You need to get a new social security card first, and then your license. From there, it will be easier to change everything else over.
- If you have received money for a gift at the wedding, create a plan for it. Do you want to save it? Will it go toward bills, groceries, or a mortgage payment? Because it went to the both of you, discuss with your spouse what should be done with it.
- Make sure to see friends or guests that couldn’t make it to the wedding. Since you are freer, use that time to catch up with friends, and see those who couldn’t make it to the wedding. They will want to hear all about it!
- On that note, unless someone asks, stop talking about the wedding! There will be others who will be getting married as well, so it’s their turn to get some of the lime light. I know it was amazing and took forever to plan, but keep the reminiscing with your spouse.
- Contact the photographer to set a time to check out all the photos. You may still be thinking about it a lot, so why not use that mental power to create albums and/or picture frames with pictures from the wedding? They will be great to decorate the home with, or give out as gifts to friends and family.
- Read up on life as a newlywed. It’s a totally different thing to actually be married. You will want to read up and be prepared to be an awesome spouse. Just because the wedding is over doesn’t mean you have to stop impressing each other!
- Don’t make any more major life changes all at once. Give yourself a little bit of time to bask in the newlywed glow and adjust to being married. Any children or moving into a home can wait a little bit, and the choice will seem less rushed.
- Lastly, enjoy being a newlywed!