Mr and Mrs passport covers |

8 Things Brides Forget to do After the Reception

Once you’ve taken your vows, all the wedding planning is over and the day is done, you might think you have nothing else to do – but you’d be wrong. Here are 8 things brides forget to do after the reception.

Lucy and Stevie's Real Wedding |
Image courtesy of Lucy and Stevie’s Real Wedding

1. Free your flowers

This is something so many brides forget about but if you’ve paid for fresh or silk flowers then you may want to either preserve them or give them away. If you don’t, the venue will reuse them or dispose of them so make sure you delegate this task for your best man or chief bridesmaid to do at the end of the evening.


Friendship vase |
Friendship vase by Confetti

2. Save the top tier of your cake

It’s customary to preserve the top tier of your wedding cake (if it is a traditional fruit cake) to serve at the christening of your first child. If you already have children, or if it’s a sponge that won’t keep, go ahead and eat it, it’s your special day.

A kiss above bicycle cake topper |
‘A kiss above bicycle’ cake topper by Confetti

3. Send slices of cake to absent guests

Save the remaining slices of wedding cake to send to friends and family who were unable to attend. If you’re jetting off on your honeymoon straight after the reception ask your mum to help and don’t forget to provide her with the addresses of you to send the cake to.

Just My Type Kraft cake boxes |
Just My Type Kraft cake boxes by Confetti

4. Reuse your venue decorations

Just like the flowers, you’ve paid a lot for your venue decor and table decorations which are worth keeping, if not by you then some of your guests may want to take them home. Some things, like ornate display stands and decorative vases are just too pretty not to take home and use again. Having them in your home also means they will always remind you of your wedding day.

Vintage inspired display drawer with shelf |
Vintage inspired display drawer with shelf by Confetti

5. Collect your cards and gifts

Even if you have a gift list service there will always be some guests who bring their gift and card to the wedding. Ask your best man or chief bridesmaid to help you collect together all your wedding cards and gifts. Have them brought to your bridal suite as it’s lovely to open wedding presents together on your first morning as husband and wife. Don’t forget also to make a note of who gave what for when it comes to writing your thank you cards.

Italian chest wishing well |
Italian chest wishing well by Confetti

6. Read your well wishes

Whether you had a traditional guest book or a contemporary wishing tree, arrange for all your well wishes to be brought to your bridal suite so you can read them together. Keep separate cards in a special box and treasure forever. Some couples like to read over their well wishes on their anniversary each year.

Something In The Air Wedding Wishes Pack |
Something In The Air wedding wishes pack by Confetti

7. Drink a glass of water before you go to bed

If you have have had a lot of champagne, drinking a glass of water before the room starts to spin and then again before going to sleep will rehydrate you and help prevent a hangover the next morning. Ask your chief bridesmaid to remind you later in the evening. You don’t want to drink so much you disgrace yourself – drink the water.

Stemless wine glass printed |
Stemless wine glass printed by Confetti

8. Find your passport

When packing for your honeymoon, add your passports to the top of the list, as if you don’t have them, you won’t be able to leave the country! You should travel under your maiden name in which the booking was made and change your surname, if you wish, when you return.

Mr and Mrs passport covers  |
Mr and Mrs passport covers by Confetti

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