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 9 months of planning, here are some of our favorite suggestions for you and your now husband or wife to do the day after!
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 hubby are already marked as “in a relationship” 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! 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!
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?
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Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
Waist size: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.
Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Choosing your correct size
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.