AFTER the Wedding To-Do List!

After the wedding and honeymoon you may feel like you are not exactly sure what to do next.  Well, I have put together a list of the top 10 things you should be doing after the wedding!

1. Send out thank you notes!  This may seem like a small task but it does take some time and effort to complete.   Remember to be sincere, thoughtful and specific in your thank you letters.  For example, “Thank you for the beautiful wine glasses.” This makes your thank you letters more personal and special.

2. Decide what you want to do with your wedding gown.  It took time and careful consideration to pick out so make sure to get it cleaned in a timely matter to get out all stains.  Then decide what you want to do with it.   For example, store your gown for future generations, schedule a Trash the Dress photo shoot, etc.

3. Preserve any Keepsakes.  A beautiful shadow box, wooden chest or album can allow you to keep special items from the wedding safe and sound.  These items may be personalized napkins, programs, invitations, toasting flutes. etc. This way your most treasured items from the wedding can be kept for many years to come.  Some couples even pull out the toasting flutes or napkins to use on their anniversary.

4.  Make it official!!  If you decide to take your husband’s last name, this will need to be changed on your drivers license, passport and social security card.  Many of the forms for changing your drivers license and passport can be found online.  Visit for information on changing your social security card.  Also, follow up with Probate court to make sure they received your marriage license if you do not get your copy in the mail within two weeks.

5. Return and/ or exchange gifts.  Make sure to make returns and exchanges in a timely matter.  If you wait too long there may be a return policy where you are unable to return.

6. Choose pictures for wedding album!  You would not believe how many brides I have talked to that have not decided on their wedding pictures and they have been married for years.  Remember that wedding albums can take up to six months or more to get back and you would hate to not have your album by your first anniversary!

7. Notify employer for tax purposes.  Make sure to notify your employer so they can not only update your last name but also the married status on your tax forms.  If not, you could delay your tax refund or prevent wages being posted to your social security record.

8.  Do a Will.  Most young people have not thought about a will but you may need to look at changing your beneficiary to your significant other.

9.  Get Deposits Back.  Many venues require a deposit for damages.  If no damages make sure to inquire about the necessary process to get refund!

10. Discuss financials with spouse.  If you have not done this yet, make sure to discuss how you want to handle your finances i.e. joint checking, separate checking, etc.  and decide how you want finances to be handled throughout your marriage.

If there is anything else we missed on this post wedding checklist, let us know!

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Wedding Photography: Tips and Ideas for every bride

Wedding pictures are the most common cause of stress on wedding day. I have a few tips for every bride to follow to make sure that the least of their worries on wedding day is photography:

1. Hire a professional wedding photographer!!

If you do nothing else…take this advice! So many brides try to save money by hiring a friend to take pictures.  Trust me, you will be disappointed in the end.  Professional wedding photographers understand how quickly and efficiently they need to stage photos to get all of the shots you want without all the stress!

2. Be on Time!

Sounds easy, right?  This has to be the #1 reason for stress on the wedding day.  Make sure if you are having a makeup or hair stylist they do not leave you to do last!! Artists always run late (even with the best of intentions) so leave enough time to sip some champagne and relax while the rest of your girls are getting ready.

3. Make a list of your Top 5 shots!

Some brides create a long list of poses and ideas for pictures that even the most skilled photographer cannot accomplish in the time allotted.  If you make a list of the top 5 shots or ideas you can’t live without it will allow your photographer time to be creative while getting your “must-have” list accomplishedl!

I have included some of my favorite wedding photography picture ideas that you may want to add in to your Top 5 shots!

Anything involving jumping!! Whether it involved the bride and groom or the whole wedding party jumping shots are so much fun and a great expression of what an amazingly fun time you are having!

Funny shots of the guys!! Let your guys be creative and have fun with choosing how they express their excitement!

To show off your style and how awesome your choice of dresses and bouquets are; line up!

You can even have a bridal portrait taken of you with all of your girls in the background.  Beautiful!

Don’t forget about the shoes!! (or socks)

Anything involving flower girls is usually adorable but this idea is one of my all time faves!

Light up the night sky with sparklers!

I hope these ideas and advice have helped in staying stress free on your wedding day and given a little inspiration for those Top 5 shots!

Happy Planning!

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