It’s hard to believe that after countless months of planning, the entire wedding day is over in just a blink of an eye. Now what? Well just because you no longer need to stress over table linens or engage in a butter cream vs. custard wars doesn’t mean that there isn’t still plenty to be done. Now that you are officially a Mr. and Mrs. combo package, it’s time to tackle an entirely new to-do list.
Once you’ve returned from your honeymoon, sit down together and go over a few of these married musts:
Changing your name – If you plan to take your husband’s name, you have to take the necessary steps to make it legal. Within the first 90 days following your wedding, you’ll want to have your name changed on your social security card, driver’s license and passport. If you have any credit cards in your name, make sure to also contact the corresponding companies to let them know that you’ll be needing a new card.
Sending thank-you cards – It may seem like a tedious process, but it has to be done. Ideally, you want to have your thank you cards written and sent out within the first two months, unless you want to receive piercing, judgmental stares from Aunt Muriel at the next family gathering. To make things either, divide the pile between the two of you and have stamps or stickers made for the return address. Trust us, it’ll make a world of difference!
Taking care of gift returns – Whether they be from the bridal shower or the big day itself, you’re probably going to have a ton of wedding registry returns to make. As most stores have different policies for returns, you want to make sure that you stay on top of this and bring back the things you don’t want as quickly as possible; keep it within a two month window.
Figuring out the finances and other important issues – Now that you’re legally married, what’s yours is his and what’s his is yours. Chances are you’ve already talked about this before tying the knot, but now that things have become real, sit down and make plans to merge accounts, (if that’s what you’ve chosen to do) have new checks printed, discuss whose health insurance you will be keeping and make arrangements to become each other’s beneficiary. They’re difficult topics to discuss, but they are important nonetheless.
Trust us, you will be so much happier once you can cross each of these points off your list. The sooner you do, the sooner you can settle into your life of perfect, wedded bliss!