Before jetting off on that luxury honeymoon in the sun, remembering to take care of a few post-wedding details will make sure that you hold onto those keepsakes and preserve those memories forever.
You’ve put so much detail into every finishing touch of the day, but the post-wedding ‘pack away’ often gets forgotten – perhaps as it seems like the last thing an excited Bride-to-Be wants to think about!
It’s amazing to think what couples can leave behind, simply because they believe someone else has picked them up. You don’t want to return from honeymoon realising that you’ve forgotten a couple of small, but sentimental, keepsakes and find the venue has inadvertently thrown them out!
Much as we don’t like to think of it, venues will likely have another wedding the next day, so sadly will need to clear the room to welcome the next lovely couple. The venue staff are unlikely to know what’s sentimental to you, nor to be sure on who to give things to and whether to save them!
Take a little time to note the things you want to take home with you after the big day, using our handy guide of the key things you really won’t want to forget:
You’d be amazed to think how many couples forget these! With the contemporary popularity of financial gifts and vouchers, it’s especially important to ensure that there are no envelopes hiding down the back of a radiator – not to mention those beautiful messages inside the cards that you won’t want to miss out on reading.
Who has it? Where is it? With many couples opting for an alternative to the traditional book format, your guests’ messages might be harder to keep track of. Have any messages been waylaid, fallen off the Wishing Tree, or slid under a table? The heartfelt note your oldest school friend wrote to you on your wedding day (even if after a few champers!) is something you’ll want to treasure.
Did you spend hours putting together a personalised centrepiece? Having a bespoke cake-topper made? You’ll want to take it home! It’ll be a beautiful keepsake for the day, sitting proudly on your dining table. Don’t let it get thrown away!
Photobooth instants of your uncle photo-bombing your best friend and her husband? That beautiful shot of you and your mum? Don’t let them get left behind on the tables and cleared up with the table cloths!
No doubt you’ve spent hours ensuring your stationery is just-so, either hand-crafting yourself or entrusting an expert to create that bespoke design. Make sure you have a menu, order of service and place card to put in that wedding scrapbook!
Have you thought about what to do with your centrepieces? Our top tip is to give them out to guests – they’re a lovely ‘thank you’ gift the morning after your wedding for family and friends to take home.
Food & Drink
Well, no-one likes wasted wine and cake! Make sure the venue packs up any remaining cake and hands over any remaining bottles that you’ve purchased (though, for many weddings, we know there won’t be a lot left!).
Give a list of items to remember to trusted members of your bridal party, and also to the venue coordinator, so they’ll be mindful to hold onto anything that goes astray.
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