You might think this one falls under the "duh" category, but many people just let their mail pile up, leaving them vulnerable to criminals who can easily cash checks or fill out credit card applications. Either have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail while you're away, or put it on hold via your local postal service. If you'll be moving after the wedding, have it forwarded and change your address as soon as possible. Speak to your current landlord, property owner or that trusted neighbor about retrieving any gifts or packages that arrive while you're gone. Chances are you'll be pretty distraught if that gravy boat from your Aunt Mildred winds up storing jelly beans in some thief's kitchen cabinet.
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- Sahadi, Jeanne. "What?! You Want Me to Sign a Pre-nup?" CNN Money. March 14, 2006. (June 30, 2010). http://money.cnn.com/2004/03/19/pf/prenups/index.htm
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- "Welcoming Your Out-of-Town Guests." Wedding Channel. (June 30, 2010).http://weddings.weddingchannel.com/top-honeymoon-destinations/wedding-guest-hotel-travel/articles/welcoming_your-out-of-town-guests.aspx
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