The Ultimate To-Do List for Newlyweds

The Ultimate To-Do List for Newlyweds
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    Your wedding day—and the honeymoon that follows—is a time of joy, celebration, and vacation.

    However, as with every major milestone in life, there are plenty of responsibilities that come with your new marital status.


Once your big day is over, you have to sort through details like name changes, joint bank accounts, and long-term plans for your happily ever after.

Fortunately, with your other half and this ultimate to-do list for newlyweds on your side, you can tackle each task and set yourselves up for a secure and successful life together. From thank you notes to retirement plans, be sure to mark these tasks off your newlywed checklist.

Take Care of Wedding Loose Ends

A lot of work and planning goes into your wedding day, which means there are likely a few loose ends to tie up in the weeks following. Once you return from your honeymoon, prioritize your thank you notes.

Make a record of all the gifts and services you received at your wedding and who gave them, so you can personalize each note.

This is also a great time to leave positive reviews for any caterers, photographers, or other businesses that helped make your big day special.

In the time following your wedding day, you should also fully pay off any vendor bills and return any rented equipment.

Once you finish all these tasks, you’re free to turn your attention to the other tasks on your ultimate to-do list for newlyweds.

Re-Organize Your Finances

Marriage brings many financial changes. You will probably want to set up a joint bank account and create a household budget. You might have to update your direct deposit, update credit card information, or switch around insurance plans.

If one of you has better health insurance, you might want to both move to that policy.You should also consider how your car insurance works for married couples.

Many couples can save money by changing to a joint policy, but it’s important to look at the details so that you can figure out the best course of action. No matter what, remember that the most important financial step you can take with your new spouse is to work together and be clear and transparent about all of your decisions.

Update Your Information

When you change your marital status—and your name, if you choose to do so—there are a lot of people and services you need to tell. Here are just a few of the accounts and possessions you’ll need to update with your new status and/or name change:

  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security information
  • Bank accounts, debit cards, and checks
  • Credit card accounts
  • Bills and loans
  • Voter registration
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There are a lot of sources to change, making it easy to forget one. Make sure you keep an eye out in the coming months for accounts, subscriptions, and other places that need an update.

Keep the Future in Mind

Marriage is only the first step in a long, happy life together. What other milestones are you going to face?

Make a plan now for retirement, kids, big moves, and other goals you and your spouse have. Remember that it’s okay to be flexible; plans change, and what you want now might not be applicable a few years down the road.

However, it’s important to lay the foundation for what you want now. When you start working toward the future now, you’ll be prepared for whatever decisions you do or don’t make down the road.

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