Just Married, Now What? Your Post-Wedding Guide as Newlyweds

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January 24, 2022

After tying the knot, many might assume the hard part is over. From planning your honeymoon to organizing your finances, or even starting a family, there are a lot of things to think about now that you are married. 

You may be surprised by how many tasks follow the reception even after it’s over, such as returning any attire or equipment that you might have rented. If you bought your dress but don’t have the space to keep it, try finding a wedding resale market near you. This is a great way for married couples to sell their gently used items such as decorations, dresses, and accessories directly to newly engaged couples. You most likely received a lot of generosity and kindness throughout the wedding process, show your appreciation by sending thank you notes. Now that you have a few of the immediate post-wedding tasks done, it’s time to consider what comes next.

Organize Your Finances

No newlywed guide is complete without situating your finances. Before you do anything, you both must discuss your financial goals. The real world is expensive because along with the thrill of starting your new journey, you also have to fund your new lifestyle. A key way to help organize your expenses is by creating a monthly budget. This allows you to prioritize where your money needs to go. Another key discussion you should have is whether you want a joint bank account or not. The benefits of sharing an account are the ease of paying bills because it’s all coming out of the same place, and a sense of togetherness which adds another layer of unity to your marriage.  

Additionally, if you have not done so already, setting up a 401k and a retirement savings account can prepare you for the future. Even though it may seem early to think about, you never know what may happen, so don’t forget to set up a will and assign each other as your beneficiary. Organizing your finances early, allows you to plan and save for the fun adventures that lie ahead.

Buy a Home

If you do not own a home together already, now is the perfect time to start looking. Although buying a home is expensive and sometimes scary, you should not let that discourage you. A few key things to consider when buying a home is your credit score because this shows lenders your ability to pay off debt. A credit score is a number that ranges from 300-850, and it is used to indicate your creditworthiness. So, you might be asking yourself, what is an ideal credit score to buy a house? It’s recommended that you and your spouse have a credit score of 620 or higher, so you can apply for a loan. The higher your credit score is, the more likely you are to get a good interest rate when putting in an offer. The lower your interest rate is, the less you have to pay on your house, which overall saves you money long-term.

After figuring out what you can afford, it’s time for the exciting part. Deciding on the location, style, and size of the home is a great opportunity to work as a team when making critical decisions. If you plan to start adding to your family soon, then that is a major factor you need to think about when choosing a home. 

Start a Family

First comes love, then comes marriage — you know the rest! Oftentimes, people assume the next step after getting married is having babies. For some, having children is not on the top of their priority list but for others, starting a family as soon as possible is ideal. How do you know if you are ready? There is no perfect time to decide when to have a baby. Important things to discuss before you decide to start a family are parenting styles, how many children you want, and if you are financially capable of taking care of a child. 

On a lighter note, if you are not ready to grow your family yet, there are other things you can do. Instead of having a baby, try getting a fur-baby to start. Whether this pet has four legs or gills, it’s a responsibility you and your partner can add to your family while still being able to enjoy your alone time as newlyweds.

Plan to Travel

Last, but definitely not least – plan something fun for the two of you. The first thing people think about after a wedding is the honeymoon. You would be surprised just how many people put off their honeymoon for a more ideal time. Where in the world would you travel? How long would you go for? Can you afford it? All of these questions are valid, but it doesn’t have to be hard to plan a honeymoon. Start by picking a date, whether it’s soon or in the future, a place where you would like to visit and start saving for it. The good news is that you have all the time in the world to plan to travel as a couple. 

As you can see, there is a lot to consider when starting out as newlyweds. At first, it all may seem overwhelming, but as time goes on, you’ll figure out what is best for your marriage. Don’t forget to live in the moment and enjoy your journey together!


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