Getting married is one of the biggest moments in anyone’s life and it can be all too easy to get caught up in the excitement and let the honeymoon period last for a couple of months! However, it is worth knowing about the ‘serious stuff’ that you need to take care of now that the big day is done!
To really enjoy your new life as a married couple, it is wise to take care of some basic life admin first!
Get Your Marriage Certificate
One of the first things you need to do is get your marriage certificate. You will no doubt have had to get a marriage license in order to get married in the first place, but now you need the official certificate to prove that you did actually go through with the ceremony. The certificate will need to be signed by you, your spouse, the marriage officiant, and your witnesses. This document proves your marital status.
Clean And Store Your Wedding Outfits
Have you decided what you are going to do with your wedding outfits? Most couples decide to store them so that they can look back on them over the years to come. Before you do put your dress and your spouse’s suit into storage, it’s best to clean them. They will then survive in storage a lot better, and will come out looking as good as new whenever you need them. Many dry cleaners offer a special wedding dress service.
Even though this might not be the most happiest thing to think about after you have just got married, you and your new spouse will need to consider making a will each – even if you already have one. If you do have one, you need to be aware that your new marital status makes wills prior to the marriage void. This is very important as no will in place means that you die intestate and the law decides how your assets are divided. Ensure that your assets go where you was them to go and make a will.
Update Documents With New Names
If one of you is going to change your surname, you will need to make sure that all official documents are updated accordingly. It is worth contacting your bank so that they can make arrangements to update all of their records with your new details. You will also have to inform your employer and any other organisation that holds your data.
Discuss Your Finances
It’s also important that the two of you spend some time discussing your joint finances. Now that you are married, you share financial decisions, so it’s important that you are on the same page when it comes to savings and investments for the future.
There certainly is a lot to do when you get married, but getting your house in order now means that after that you can relax and enjoy being newlyweds!