Complete Wedding Checklist

Organizing a wedding can be very awe-inspiring as there are so many things to consider. Following a timeline is a simple way to take away stress on or before your wedding day.

9-12+ Months

  • Announce your engagement
  • Set a wedding budget
  • Choose a wedding date & reserve your venues
  • Start planning the guest list
  • Hire a wedding planner
  • Research vendors
  • Select wedding attendants
  • Book your officiant

8 Months

  • Hire your photographer and videographer
  • Book your band/DJ
  • Meet with Caterer
  • Purchase wedding gown
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
  • Start wedding registry

6-7 Months

  • Order invitations
  • Start researching honeymoon destinations
  • Shop for bridesmaid dresses
  • Send out Save-the-Dates (if not earlier sooner)
  • Book florist

4-5 Months

  • Book rehearsal and rehearsal dinner venues
  • Meet with your baker and order wedding cake
  • Start choosing music
  • Shop for wedding rings
  • Decide on formalwear

3 Months

  • Hire wedding day transportation
  • Finalize menu and flowers
  • Order favors
  • Purchase rings

2 Months

  • Check in with all vendors for updates
  • Start a shot list for your photographer
  • Mail out invitations (8 weeks before)
  • Purchase gifts for parents, attendants & each other
  • Book your hair & make-up stylist and start trials

1 Month

  • Start recording RSVPs
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Mail rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Have your last gown fitting
  • Make sure all bridesmaids have their dresses ready for the wedding
  • Make last minute adjustments with vendors
  • Create wedding program for guests
  • Send final song list to band/DJ

1 week

  • Review all RSVPs and call any guest who hasn’t sent a response
  • Give caterer final count
  • Plan reception seating chart
  • Call all vendors and confirm arrangements

2-3 Days

  • Bride: If you need to, have your gown pressed or steamed
  • Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear
  • Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
  • Reconfirm final details with all vendors

Night Before

  • Rehearse ceremony and go over all details
  • Give officiant your marriage license
  • Attend rehearsal dinner
  • Present wedding attendants with their gifts

Day of

  • Present parents & each other with gifts
  • Give best man wedding bands to hold during ceremony

Post Wedding

  • Prearrange for someone to return any rentals
  • Write and send thank-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful.


Looking for more information on booking the Wedding of your dreams at the Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn and Suites Hotel and Conference Center? Call our sales team now 989-956-0460 or go to

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Blog By:
Rachel Farquharson


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