After the wedding: Things to do for newlyweds

The bouquet has been thrown, the cake eaten and the white dress has been packed away - now that the wedding is over, your life as newlyweds can finally begin.

As you emerge from the post-honeymoon haze and start settling into married life with your partner, there are a few important things you may want to take the time to arrange during this period.

Now that all the chaos of planning the wedding is behind you, you can focus on all those practical matters that are involved with a new marriage. They won't need as much organisation as your wedding, but they're still important to deal with sooner rather than later.

Legal matters, keeping in touch and wedding gift etiquette

Now that you're legally married, you can get down to organising all those legal and official matters such as changing your last name (if that is what you have decided is what you want to do) and updating your tax details.

In Australia, the registry of births, deaths and marriages in each state handles all records of these events, so check out your local registry office to find out what the guidelines are. You'll most likely need to notify the appropriate businesses, agencies, utility suppliers and banks if you decide to change your new name.
If you married in Australia, most states will accept a marriage certificate as proof of your new identity so you can use this to corroborate your applications for a change in your details.

Now that you are married, you may also want to discuss whether you will file your tax returns individually or jointly.

Talking to an accountant or trusted financial adviser may help you to come to a decision on this matter, but it's important to note that under the Australian Taxation Office guidelines your spouse can also include anyone who lived with you on a "genuine domestic basis" as a couple.

Now that all those legal issues are sorted, you can start on the more exciting things! If you've moved into a new house with your partner, you may want to let your loved ones know about your new address so they can keep in touch.

Presents are another big thing to think about sooner rather than later. Now that your wedding is over, it's time to get down to the nitty gritty of sending out the appropriate thank you notes and seeing whether you can return or pass on duplicate wedding gifts.

Last but not least, if you haven't heard from your wedding photographer or videographer yet it's a good time to chase them up. The sooner you can get those cherished snapshots and memories in your hands, the sooner you can relive all the best moments from your special day.

Planning for the future

As you look ahead to the many years of marriage you have to enjoy, it's also a perfect opportunity to start thinking about some other important long-term matters for you and your future family.

Looking at your life insurance options can give you peace of mind that your partner will be supported even if the unexpected should happen. Knowing that your financial future is secure and you are prepared for any possibility is particularly important when it comes to starting a family.

To find out more about the level of cover available and how much it will cost, you can compare life insurance quotes and policies with Choosi.

These articles are provided as reference material to allow more informed decision making, but are not intended as being a complete source of information on any topic. All readers should make their own independent analysis on the topic to make sure they have considered the aspects that are important to them.