After a magical day filled with family, friends, food, and dancing, it’s perfectly acceptable to be completely exhausted the day after your wedding. You’ve endured hundreds of hours planning, multiple phone calls crying to your mom, sleepless nights, bridal shower after bridal shower after bridal shower, and just a whole mess of emotions in general — you and your fiancé deserve some serious rest and relaxation after the big day! So if you aren’t planning to hop on a flight immediately after the wedding and have a day of two off to just unwind from the last months of wedding planning, here are some of our favorite suggestions for you and your now husband or wife to do the day after the wedding!
What to Do the Day After the Wedding
1. Relax! This is definitely the most obvious, but I think since a lot of bride and grooms have spent the last week or so in a constant “go go go!” mode, they sometimes forget to just relax, unwind, and enjoy their first day as husband and wife! Sleep in, eat breakfast in bed, wear your pajamas all day, and just take that time to reflect on how amazing your wedding night was!
2. Make it Facebook official. Because nothing is official until it’s Facebook official! Am I right!? Well, no, I’m obviously joking, but, if you and your new spouse are already marked as “in a relationship” or "engaged" on Facebook, make sure to switch it over to “Married” and let the whole (Facebook) world know that you just tied the knot!
3. Eat leftover cake. Can you say, yum? Many couples don’t get a chance to eat the cake on their wedding night (besides that adorable wedding photo of you guys feeding each other cake) so why not indulge in some sweets for breakfast!?
4. Open presents. Probably one of the most fun parts about after the wedding - opening all of your cards and presents! Whether you made a wedding registry or left it up to chance, there's no doubt that wedding presents are an exciting part of the whole wedding experience. Spend the afternoon in bed opening present after present, but don’t forget to take note of who got you what so you can send out your thank-you’s!
5. Pack for your honeymoon. This definitely is not necessary if your honeymoon is a few weeks out, but if your big trip is only a couple days away, it’s definitely worth spending an hour or two packing up everything!
6. Clean up the reception venue. This is probably the least relaxing way to spend the day after your wedding, but depending on your venue’s policies, you or a clean-up crew may need to spend some time putting away chairs and tables the following morning. My suggestion? Ask some cousins, aunts, uncles, or friends, and denote a clean-up crew to do it for you.
7. Host an informal brunch. This is becoming a huge tradition for a lot of couples and besides, who doesn’t love brunch? It doesn’t have to be some grand event, but invite your closest family, friends, and whoever else you weren’t able to mingle with much at the reception.
8. Spend time with out-of-town family and friends. Whether you invite everyone over for coffee or just go out for a light lunch, consider spending time with your out-of-town guests who traveled from who-knows-where to see you so make sure you actually make time for them. You could also even consider a fun day outing that won't take up a lot of your energy such as a boat ride, day at the beach, picnic, or whatever hobbies you and your fiance are into.
9. Treat yourself to a spa day. I personally could go for a massage any day of the week so I can only imagine how lovely it would be to have one planned for the day after the wedding. Schedule a spa day with your significant other - massages, facials, mud baths and all! Who knows, the spa might even treat you to some delicious champagne and chocolates!
10. Plan some routine post-wedding gatherings. I know, I know. I just used the P-word. While you're probably sick of planning, it's important to make time for friends and family since you were probably too busy to keep up with routine gatherings during the last few months of wedding planning. Plus, the night of the wedding can be such a whirlwind that you may not have had a chance to catch up with everyone you wanted to! Maintaining a balance between your new marriage and the relationships you cherished prior to your wedding is super important. In fact, balancing time with your spouse and time with friends will actually help you to have a healthier marriage and better relationships all around! Whether it's book club or Sunday brunch, your friends will appreciate you penciling in some time for post-wedding gatherings.
11. Order Takeout. While we don't encourage crash dieting leading up to the wedding (hello fatigue and cravings), there's no doubt that you've been on your best behavior when it comes to your pre-wedding meal plan and fitness regimen. Now that the wedding is over it's time to treat yourself! Order from your favorite Chinese restaurant or inhale an insane amount of pizza. Don't let yourself slip into regular unhealthy habits, but rather declare the day after the wedding as "treat day". Besides, who has the energy to cook a healthy meal the day after their wedding?
12. Get some use out of those Mr. and Mrs. mugs. This is your chance to be cheesy! You're in the honeymoon phase for crying out loud. Break out those cute couple gifts the day after the wedding and send photos to whoever gave them to you - they'll get a kick out of it!
13. Look at photos. While you might not get your professional wedding photos back for a few weeks, your guests probably have some photos stored on their phones or cameras. Create a Facebook group where guests can post their own wedding photos or request that they send them your way. Sometimes those candid shots can be super meaningful even if they weren't captured by a professional wedding photographer!
14. Make a list of wedding rentals that must be returned. Depending on what you rented and where you rented it from, your venue or event company may require that wedding rentals be returned sooner than you'd like to think about. While it can be annoying to tackle another logistical task after you just got done planning a wedding, it's better to be on top of it than to pay late fees - or get on bad terms with someone. Whether it's a neckless you borrowed from a girlfriend, or the tuxes you rented, be sure to return borrowed items on time!
15. Write down some of your favorite wedding day memories. No need to write a novel, but jot down some of your favorite moments from the wedding day. You and your new spouse will have so much fun looking back on funny or tear-invoking wedding day highlights in the future. What a fun wedding anniversary tradition!
After planning such a big event, you deserve to take the following day (or more!) to just relax and enjoy the married life! Whether you spend the day with family and friends or relax in bed while stuffing your face with leftover cake, every couple will have their own version of what relaxation means to them.
Let’s Chat! What do you and your fiancé plan to do the day after the wedding? Or if you’re already married, how did the day after play out for you?