Wedding planning is a lot of work, so to help you beautiful brides out, we’ve compiled a list of little things that might slip through the cracks.
1. Writing Thank-You Notes
Writing one thank-you note is a piece of cake. Writing 50? Not quite so easy. One way to make it easier is to write and send a thank-you note as soon as you receive a wedding gift in the mail. Also make sure to keep a detailed list of every gift you received and who sent it. That way, if you write thank-you notes at a later time, you can still personalize each card.
2. Cleaning Your Home
The last thing you want after a magical wedding and even more magical honeymoon is to come home to a disaster. Before your big day, throw away or donate any food that will go bad and take out the trash. You’ll have one less thing to worry about when you get back.
3. Taking Care of Your Dress
Whether you’re going to keep it or sell it, get your wedding dress cleaned professionally as soon as you can to help it last longer. If you’re keeping it, also consider working with a professional to get your dress preserved correctly.
4. Setting Aside Tips for Your Vendors
You don’t want to spend your first night as a married couple handing cash to vendors when you should be enjoying your reception. Instead, organize and label envelopes with tip money days before the wedding, and put someone you trust in charge of distributing the envelopes at the end of the night.
5. Ordering Your Marriage Certificates
Local institutions, like banks, the DMV and your workplace, will need an official copy of your marriage certificate. Call your clerk’s office where your license was issued and have them sent to you. It’s a good idea to have extra copies made, just in case.
6. Packing for Your Honeymoon
This might seem like a no-brainer, but you don’t want to wake up at 4:00am on the day of your honeymoon to pack. Apart from things like your toothbrush, makeup and prescriptions, make sure everything is packed in advance. Throwing last-minute essentials into your bag is easier than trying to piece together outfits in 10 minutes flat.