There is so much that goes into planning a wedding well. Whether you hired a planner to help make that process seem smother or you courageously embarked on the journey without outside help, there is a ton that you have to do and think about. Other than the honeymoon, you probably haven’t thought much about after the wedding, though. Big mistake. Here’s what you need to know about how and what to plan, for after the wedding.
Whether you are catching a plane to Rome right after the reception or spending the night in a hotel around the block, you’ll want to make sure you know exactly how you are getting there and exactly when you are leaving your reception.
If you can get someone else to drive you away, do it! Of course, a horse drawn carriage or white stretch limo would be the ideal option. But if your budget doesn’t cover something that extravagant, consider giving your 17 year old nephew a few bucks to drive you. But make sure that whatever means of transportation you use, you secure it and secure it again and then one more time for good measure before the wedding.
Almost as important as knowing how you’re leaving, is knowing when. This is important for many reasons. First, to secure your transportation. Second, to make sure you arrive at your destination on time without having to keep track of time during your reception. And third, to plan your perfect send off. There are so many great environmentally friendly and insanely gorgeous ideas for send offs out there. Sparklers are a personal favorite for night and tossing lavender is a de-scent option for day!
The Clean Up
It’s probably not a great idea to plan a perfect getaway and forget about everything you’re leaving behind. Parties are messy and require a designated clean up crew. Make sure to figure out who is going to be in charge of cleaning and help them get a crew together. Day of coordinators usually handle this task.
The Day After
The wedding is over, but the festivities don’t have to be. Unless you are skipping town immediately after the reception, consider planning a little shindig the next day. Trending now: host a brunch with your wedding party or even consider extending the invitation to any guests that would like to come. This is especially fun for destination weddings. If your guests are traveling to support you and to be apart of the start of your new life as a married couple, why not give them something extra to be apart of?
The wedding planning process can be long and frustrating and exciting and scary and fun all at once. But as much time that you will inevitably spend on planning out where people are going to sit and how much babies breath to splurge on and how much glitter is too much glitter (no such thing), don’t let post wedding planning slip through the cracks. Kick off the rest of your lives well so that everything flows and you can focus on staring at each other!