Post Wedding To-Do’s

Published by Richmond Weddings Magazine

After the last guest has left the reception, there is still plenty of work to be done and having a wedding planner to assist with your final To-Do’s is very helpful. Post Wedding To-Do list includes ensuring gifts, personal items and rentals are managed, confirm the venue is returned to its pre-wedding condition, thank you notes are sent to your guest and your vendors, and your name has been successfully changed. 

Your planner can help ensure your gifts and personal items are packed up and leave the reception in the right hands. Rentals should also be returned on time to avoid additional fees. It is important to note ahead of time those responsible for each of these tasks.

Your wedding planner is not only there for you, but for your vendors as well.  Being the first one to arrive on your big day and the last one to leave, your planner ensures all the vendors arrive and leave on time without any hick-ups.  Making sure all your vendors have lived up to their end of the deal can be very important to ensure there are no additional fees between you and your venue.

Sending out thank you notes to your guest and vendors is another very important part of Post Wedding To-Do’s. Your guest should receive a thank you note within 3 months for gifts received at the wedding (within 2 weeks for gifts prior to the wedding). These notes should be hand written and personalized.  Also, vendors love getting the recognition of a thank you note. You can also send your vendors pictures from the wedding that can be used in the their portfolio.  They love showing off your big day!

The final Post Wedding To-Do is changing your name. This can be time consuming, but when tackled correctly, it can be a very smooth process.  However, nothing can be done until you receive your “certified” marriage license, which will be mailed to you by the clerk of your local court.  Once received, you will need to contact your Social Security Administration to get a new Social Security card and then you can visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles, with the certified marriage license, your new Social Security card, and your old license to get a new driver’s license in your new name.  Now you can change your name with the following:



Credit Card Companies, 

Investment Providers, 

State Tax Authority, 

Mortgage, Deeds and Utility Companies, 

Schools, Clubs, Professional Licensing Boards and Alumni Associations,

Insurance Companies, 

Dentist and Doctor Offices, 


Voter Registration, 



Airline, Hotel and Reward Cards. 

After all the planning for your big day, it can over whelming to think there is still work to be done. A professional planner can ease your load and help you with all of your “Post Wedding” To Do’s!

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