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From Receptions to Dresses, Plan the Perfect Michigan Wedding

Planning a Wedding in Michigan

Whether your Michigan Wedding is going to be a grand event with many guests or a small intimate affair with just your closest friends, the Michigan Wedding Planning Guide may save hours of time and let you move through the entire planning process with confidence and ease!

There is so much to worry about from the "First Dance Song" to Decorations to your wedding party's attire.  Remember to have fun and enjoy the process of planning your wedding.  For years, you will remember not only the wedding, but all the fun you had planning it!

Wedding Favors

12 months before your Wedding day

  • Announce the Engagement 
  • Set Wedding Day
  • Create a wedding budget - be exhaustive about this!
  • Hire a Wedding Planner or Coordinator (optional)
  • Compile a guest list
  • Start file of ideas
  • Reserve a place for the Ceremony 
  • Book an Officiant
  • Research Reception Halls
  • Book a Professional Photographer, and Videographer
  • Book Caterer, Florist and Music (Band, DJ, etc.)
  • Look for a Wedding Gown and Tux; allowing time for alterations and fittings
  • Register for gifts 
  • Select and call the bridesmaids, and the groomsmen.
  • Agree on a date to order bridesmaids' dresses and groomsmen's tuxes
  • Choose a place for your Honeymoon 
  • Apply for passports, if required

6 months before your Wedding day

  • Finalize the guest list
  • Decide on timeline and details of Ceremony and Reception
  • Order invitations, calligraphy (optional), and thank you notes
  • Make airline and hotel reservations for the Honeymoon
  • Agree on a caterer, a florist and place an order for the wedding cake.
  • Book Transportation (Limo, Antique Car, Etc.) for wedding day
  • Shop for any Party Rentals
  • Order Wedding Favors

3-4 months before your Wedding day

  • Mail wedding invitations 
  • Confirm wedding details and contracts with all wedding vendors
  • Choose gifts for your attendants
  • Set a date and time for the rehearsal dinner
  • Help make travel arrangements for out-of-town guest
  • Make final alterations and fittings for the Wedding Gown and Tux
  • Set time with your Photographer for the Bridal Portrait or Engagement shoot

1 month before your Wedding day

  • Apply for the marriage license
  • Buy your wedding bands
  • Finalize music list and no-play list with band or DJ
  • Attend showers

1-2 weeks before your Wedding day

  • Schedule the rehearsal a day or two before your wedding day
  • Make an appointment with a Beauty Salon for the day of the wedding
  • Send a wedding announcement to the local newspapers (optional)
  • Make necessary arrangements for name & address change, if any.
  • Discuss final details with the Reception Site and the Caterer
  • Pack for Honeymoon
  • Write out all checks needed for wedding day
  • Send reminders to the rehearsal dinner attendees about the location & time
  • Discuss final details of the ceremony and reception with family and bridal party

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