We like to think that when the wedding reception ends we go on a perfect honeymoon and then return to our lives in newlywed bliss. That's certainly the perfect scenario! However, it's also true that there are some little details and loose ends to tie up and deal with before getting back into the groove of normal life.
Return all the wedding gifts you don't want.
Many new couples put this off for weeks after the honeymoon, when in reality it's something to quickly get out of the way. Many stores have time limits on their return policies, especially if you don't have a gift receipt.
It's not fun to go through the hassle of returning gifts, but having the extra coffee grinder sitting around the house isn't helping anything, either. So get the gifts back and get it over with.
Audit your wedding budget, and pay any incidentals that came up.
Many weddings experience last-minute expenses that are put off until after the wedding and/or honeymoon. The charges could be from extra flowers, additional beverages for the reception, or a higher payment to the wedding shuttle provider.
Don't begrudge having to pay them, and don't put them off. Once they're paid, you'll be free to focus on other things.
Pack away your wedding gown, corsage, and other keepsakes.
Obviously you'll get to this one sooner or later - maybe even before the honeymoon. But it's worth taking you time in doing. Use airtight containers if you can, and store them in a dry, relatively temperate place.
Write the thank you notes.
This is the big one. The thank you notes for the gifts you receive are final recognition of your guests’ generosity. By the way, you should also write thank you notes for the gifts you eventually return or exchange, too.
The best time to mail the notes is a week or so after you return from your honeymoon. Handwritten notes work best.
Avoid the post-wedding blues.
Many brides report feeling a sense of being lost or intense disappointment after the wedding celebrations end. This so-called “post-wedding depression" is more common than most people realize.
If you think you're feeling its effects, talk to your spiritual adviser or a counselor for help in seeing past it. They'll be able to recommend ways to help you re-orient your priorities and adjust to life without the hectic wedding planning always hanging overhead.
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