After the wedding and honeymoon, it’s time to take care of post-wedding details. Two important things to take care of are writing thank you notes and paying the final wedding bills, so make sure you have them on your wedding to-do list.
You traditionally have three months after the wedding in which to write thank you notes. Whether you have ten or a hundred to write, the sooner you start writing your thank you notes the sooner you will be done!
There are several different strategies you can use to tackle writing your thank you notes:
- Think of all the gifts you received. View each thank you note not as a task you have to do but instead as a reminder that you are loved by friends and family!
- Set a goal. Whether you decide to write a few thank you notes every day or write them all in a weekend, create a plan and then stick with it.
- Get your pen out. Whether you order stationery, have a designer make you custom notes or print the cards on your home printer, it’s important to include a hand-written and personalized note that thanks the recipient for the specific gift they gave you. In the case of money, it’s acceptable to mention on what you plan to spend their gift.
- Show them you remember. If someone attended your wedding in person, include a nice note about that on the card. Your guests will appreciate the fact that you remembered!
- Keep it personal. Did you know you can get special stamps made that have your wedding picture on them? It’s a great way to personalize your thank you notes, and can be a treat for guests who weren’t able to attend your wedding in person.
- Make a pact with your groom. Some newlyweds agree not to use a gift until they have written the thank you note. It adds some fun to the process, since as soon as each note is done you can play with your new gift!
- Share the fun! Maybe you can write the notes and he can address them… look for opportunities like that to have fun together thanking friends and family for their thoughtful gifts. Time you spend together after the wedding and honeymoon can be fun no matter what you are doing.
While you are away on your honeymoon, many of your remaining wedding bills have probably come in. A simple way to check is to go through your budget, credit card receipts and checkbook to make sure all of the vendors were paid in full. Make sure to update your budget with the final information so you don’t accidentally pay a bill twice.
When you are done writing thank you notes and paying bills, celebrate together!
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