Your big day has come and gone, you’ve returned from your honeymoon, and now you need to start working on those post-wedding tasks. Like many brides, you may just want to relish and relive your amazing wedding day, but the sooner you start working on your post-wedding to do list, the better — so, we at Bridal Spectacular put together of a few tips and steps to take after your wedding.
1) Preserve Your Wedding Gown
So you can enjoy your beautiful wedding gown in the years to come, it is best to have your dress cleaned and preserved within six months of your wedding — but the sooner the better! You can ask the retailer where you bought your gown what they suggest (some may even offer this service right at the store) or find a reputable cleaner that specializes in wedding dresses so they use the right solvents. Once your dress is back home, store it in a cool, dry place to help maintain its condition.
If your family and friends attended your wedding, helped with any part of the planning, or gave you a gift, you are going to want to thank them. It’s best to send your thank you notes within two months of the wedding (it can be a little longer if you are waiting to get your photos back to include with the note).
You don’t want to attempt to write all the notes in one day, so try to do about 10-15 per night. Perhaps you can write the notes for your family and friends and your new hubby can write the notes for his to help split up the workload. However, both of you should sign each card and you will want to mail them all at the same time. A great time saver is to print out address labels to avoid any more writing — and your hand will thank you!
Thank you card from 1st Impressions Invitations.
3) Return or Exchange any Wedding Gifts
Although most couples create a gift registry, you are bound to get 3 toasters or some gaudy crystal platter you will never use. So, to ensure you will be able to return or exchange any unwanted gifts, be sure to do it within two months of your wedding. Although stores are likely to be lenient with couples that registered with them, each store will have a different policy on when you need to make returns by and what they will take back. Worst-case scenario, if you can’t return something at least you will be able to start a wonderful collection of white elephant gifts!
4) Begin the Name Changing Process
If you choose to take your husband’s last name you will want to begin the process sooner rather than later (ideally, you should change all your IDs within 90 days after your wedding). To save you a little time and research, please take a look at our dedicated name changing blog to help make the process a little smoother: http://blog.bridalspectacular.com/changing-your-name-after-you-say-i-do/
5) Figure Out Your Finances & Insurance
This is certainly not the most fun item on your post-wedding to do list, but it is something that needs to be done (and, hopefully you already talked before you walked down the aisle). Are you going to have one joint account, keep your individual accounts or maybe a combination of both? There is no right or wrong answer, but you need to determine what is right for you as a couple and be sure you are both on the same page.
Similarly, you also need to decide whose insurance plan you are going to be on. Some couples each have their own plan and decide it’s best to just keep things the way they are, while others will end up switching over to their partner’s plan. Compare both cost and treatment options to see what is best. Also, it’s good to know that getting married is considered a qualifying life event for special enrollment, which means won’t have to wait for open enrollment to sign up for health benefits.
Brides and grooms, whether you’re just starting out in life or you’re simply looking for some updated appliances and décor, your neighborhood Kohl’s store has exactly what you need for your wedding registries. With a wide variety of styles, items for every room of a house, and unique money-saving discounts, the Kohl’s Wedding Wishes Gift Registry will help brides, grooms, and guests alike find the perfect products to celebrate each couple’s special Las Vegas weddings.
With 10% in rewards and 15% discounts, Kohl's gift registry delivers ways for all your wedding wishes to come true.
“We offer everything from kitchen gadgets to dishware, place settings, small kitchen electrics. Your waffle maker, your Keurig coffee maker, your kitchen stand mixer—all the gadgets you can think of for your kitchen,” Shawnna Loop, a representative from Kohl’s Wedding Wishes Gift Registry, said at Las Vegas’ Bridal Spectacular bridal show.
While Kohl’s hosts all the latest kitchen appliances as well as classic kitchen items, this store also allows brides and grooms to register for items they can use in other areas of their homes.
“Also, bedding, a lot of towels, sheets, rugs, home décor, and all the little knick knacks to accessorize everything,” Loop said.
With so many options, Kohl’s provides the perfect opportunity for young couples who are just starting out to receive all the items they need for their first home.
“This is going to travel with them throughout their life and start those new memories with them,” Loop said of Kohl’s registry products.
But Kohl’s doesn’t only cater to first-time homeowners. They also encourage brides and grooms to register if they’d like to update their home décor, upgrade their appliances, or simply select items that reflect a couple’s decision to join together.
“Maybe if they’re moving into a new home together or consolidating, and they want that updated crock-pot or they’ve had their eye on the waffle maker,” Loop said. “Now’s the time to have that reason to get that waffle maker. They haven’t gotten it before, but this is the reason to ask people for it.”
Kohl's displayed this variety of dinnerware at Bridal Spectacular's bridal show.
Through a registry, brides and grooms allow their guests to celebrate with them through buying gifts they know the newlyweds will genuinely want, use, and appreciate. Now Kohl’s Wedding Wishes Gift Registry makes it easier than ever before to make those dreams come true through their discount guarantees.
“For upcoming brides and grooms, if they register through Kohl’s, their guests are offered a 15% discount on purchases of $50.00 or more,” Loop said.
While guests receive this discount, it’s also available to the brides and grooms for post-wedding shopping.
“If after the wedding, they didn’t get something on their registry but they still want it,” Loop said, “Kohl’s will offer a 15% discount for them if they want to make those purchases as well.”
To make the process even better, Kohl’s Wedding Wishes also maintains a couple’s gift registry for up to one year after their wedding date.
From the kitchen to the bedroom, Kohl's provides products you'll love to have in your home.
“[It’s] in case somebody wanted to give them a post-wedding gift,” Loop said. “Maybe a housewarming gift or something.”
Through worthwhile discounts, an extended registry timeframe, quality products, and plenty of options, Kohl’s Wedding Wishes Gift Registry provides the perfect place for one-stop registry shopping for all a bride and groom’s gifts.
“Congratulations,” Loop said to brides and grooms, “on the engagement and on all the new memories that are to come and the exciting steps that are going to be ahead!”
For further details about Kohl’s Wedding Wishes Gift Registry in Las Vegas, Nevada, please visit Kohl’s official website or make an appointment at a local Kohl’s store near you to start a wedding registry.
Also, for more information about additional Las Vegas wedding registry stores, please visit the official website of Bridal Spectacular and view our wedding services for bridal registries.
Brides, give your guests plenty of opportunities to give wedding gifts that you’ll use again and again! With a gift registry for your Las Vegas weddings, you can select any items throughout the store, add them to your registry list, and make the list available for guests to make purchases that will fit their budgets.
As you plan your wedding, don't forget to also think about home decor.
While many brides and grooms choose to use a helpful registry guide provided by their selected stores, we’d like to make a few recommendations beyond the basics too.
Today find which style best suits you and your fiancé. Then make sure to add these kitchen items to your personal, original gift registry, wherever you choose to go.
Wine Decanter: Cultivate the best flavor every time you serve fruit of the vine, whether it’s a date for two or a gathering of close friends.
Mango Wood Bowl and Serving Tray: While hand-painted china is artistic, these down-to-earth pieces made of renewable resources most reflect your style.
Mortar and Pestle: Chances are you’re not the usual cooks. Try this tool to grind spices, nuts, and grains to create internationally inspired cuisine.
Cool and Classy
Espresso Machine: Start your day in the right direction. Wake up with a shot of espresso and homemade java, complete with a sleek travel mug.
Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer: Since it’s easy to use and easy to clean, you’ll be able to whip up just about anything. When not in use, it provides a great splash of color to any kitchen countertop.
Multi-Tier Cupcake Tray: Impress your guests, and create a convenient way to display desserts for scrumptious dinner parties.
Fine China: Just because Mom only used it for holidays doesn’t mean you have to regulate your china too. Enjoy these dishes on every special occasion, including family meals and date nights.
CrockPot: Whether you’re a dedicated homemaker or working woman, this kitchen staple will provide hundreds of meals with little stress and great flavor.
Sugar Bowl and Creamer: Treat yourself and your guests with these dainty pieces every time you serve tea or coffee. Now was that one lump or two?
Ice Bucket: As the life of the party, you and your groom are bound to host big dinners, Superbowl parties, or barbeques at your home. Be prepared with an ice bucket and tongs that you can set up near the Guinness glasses.
Roasting Pan: Whether you’re preparing a holiday turkey for the in-laws or getting ready for Monday Night Football, you’ll want a pan to make meaty meals that feed many mouths.
Ceramic Platters: Serve those hearty meals and nosh-worthy snacks on colorful ceramics to keep the party going.
Just as you'd choose a style for your wedding, select a personal style for your kitchen accessories.
Stainless Steel Cookware: Bold, sleek, and able to take the heat, stainless steel cookware delivers exactly what you need to make meals without all the frills.
Electric Fondue Set: With an adjustable thermostat and nonstick interior, you’ll minimize the time needed for prep and cleaning. Plus, you’ll be able to share in a host of small snacks with big impact.
Glass Pitcher: Keep it simple, clear, and clean with a tall, glass pitcher to serve chilled water whenever guests arrive.
Brides and grooms, want to register for these kitchen items? Then visit Bridal Spectacular’s website, and view our recommended wedding gift registry stores, like Kohl’s; Macy’s; Bed, Bath, and Beyond; and Dillard’s. Pick one or two places, and start your registries as soon as possible. Happy shopping!
Planning a Las Vegas wedding? Save the date for March 16, 2012, to attend Veils, Tails, & Cocktails, a new boutique bridal show at ARIA Resort and Casino. Buy tickets online through Bridal Spectacular’s website, and receive the early-bird discount with promo code: Ally. Tickets also available for $15.00 at the door.
Las Vegas brides, there’s nothing more exciting than darting around a store with a laser gun in your hands. Okay, okay, maybe one or two other activities come to mind.
When you start your wedding registry, you’ll be armed with a scanner, likened to an extremely fun laser gun, and set free to scan whatever strikes your fancy. But in your groom’s and your frenzy to tag the ultimate mix-master blender, the nifty 20-pixel camera, or the something-somethings in the lingerie department, remember the basics. To make a house into a home, be sure that you include the following items on your gift registries for Las Vegas weddings.
Before you register, consider what style and colors you and your groom like best.
Register for Cookware
Balance the basics of pots, pans, cutlery, food prep pieces, and appliances with cooking items that appeal to you. Are you a gourmet chef who thrives on well-prepared meals? Then register for long-lasting pots and pans, and consider adding a fondue set, spice rack, or Panini press to your list. Not the type to make muffins in the morning? Then skip this registry staple in favor of another item you’ll use.
Register for Bedding
For bedding basics, consider your lifestyle. Do you like to sleep on luxurious satin or casual cotton? Will you make the bed every day, or leave the comforter to the floor for months? Be honest about your preferences and habits. Then let them influence your choices for a duvet or comforter’s style, sheets’ thread count, blanket fabrics, and the number of pillows (both decorative and nightly use).
Register for Bath
The bath basics include towels (hand towels, washcloths, bath towels, bath sheets), floor mats or rugs, a soap dispenser, and a shower curtain, liner, and rings. If you already like what you own, then don’t feel pressured to replace these items. Also, remember to consider additional decorative pieces, from wall sconces to Kleenex covers, to complete your bath set.
Register for Place Settings
Complement your kitchen cookware with dining room place settings that reflect your style. As you and your groom choose plates, flatware, platters, and glassware, discuss favorite designs and be prepared to compromise. Register for 8-12 place settings to accommodate guests or the occasional broken dish. Lastly, remember to consider functionality and lifestyle. If you won’t want to hand wash gold-rimmed china after a feast, then plan to select a dishwasher-safe option.
Register for furniture, rugs, and decorative accents to make your house a home.
Register for Home Décor and Maintenance
Complete your registry with items to beautify and care for your home. Based on your needs, include furniture, table linens, lamps, electronics, and decorative accent pieces. Then to maintain your home, register for items aimed at upkeep. This may include a vacuum, iron and ironing board, trashcans, tool set, and additional hardware or appliances. Remember it’s okay to think beyond typical lists. Choose what will best benefit your groom’s and your needs as husband and wife.
With a registry of wedding gift ideas, soon you’ll have a home filled with essential items and a few fun extras too! Enjoy your planning process, and don’t forget to check Bridal Spectacular’s website for Las Vegas wedding registry stores that offer scanning fun for your registries!