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Wedding Planning Checklist

Wedding Timeline

The details of your wedding ceremony and reception are in place, now you’re ready to dive into that Wedding Planning Checklist with your wedding sales professional at Blue Harbor Resort to start discussing the details of your Lake Michigan destination wedding! You'll want to get organized with a folder or digital binder to track every last detail on the journey to your big day.

Generally, you’ll want to start your wedding planning 12 months in advance to get everything done without too much stress. Follow these wedding planning guidelines to keep on track and our wedding professionals will work with you to plan a wedding that fits your unique style.

Wedding Checklist

What to Track
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  • Budgets
  • Planning
  • Gift Registries
  • Save-the-Date
  • Bridal Party
  • Marriage License
  • Thank You Notes
  • Reservations
  • Parties
  • Invitations
  • Transportation
  • Announcements
  • Honeymoon
  • Timelines
  • Choose a wedding date
  • Start a wedding folder or digital binder
  • Determine your budget
  • Pick your wedding party
  • Start planning your guest list
  • Book Blue Harbor Resort for your Wedding Ceremony & Reception
  • Book the officiant
  • Book vendors: caterer, florist, band/dj, and photographer
  • Begin shopping for a wedding gown
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms at Blue Harbor Resort for out-of-town guests
  • Begin compiling addresses for the guest list
  • Order the wedding invitations
  • Decide on wedding party dresses and formal wear
  • Collect measurements and sizes for your wedding party
  • Sign up for gift registries
  • If your ceremony is at another location, book your transportation to the reception
  • Send save-the-date cards
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Schedule wedding day hair and makeup sessions with Reflections Spa & Salon
  • Secure Captain's Landing for your getting ready room at Blue Harbor Resort
  • Shop for wedding bands
  • Begin bridal and wedding party dress fittings
  • Finalize the guest list and begin addressing invitations
  • Confirm your ceremony music selections
  • Shop for bridal party gifts at The Boutique
  • Select reception catering menu
  • Determine and finalize the order of events for the ceremony and reception
  • Purchase a guest book
  • Mail invitations
  • Confirm plans with all vendors
  • Send wedding announcement to newspapers
  • Schedule alterations and final dress fittings
  • Apply for your marriage license
  • Confirm times for wedding day hair and makeup
  • Finalize reception seating chart
  • Pick up rings and ensure they fit properly
  • Give a final head count to Blue Harbor Resort for catering
  • Provide event schedules to wedding party
  • Provide event schedules to all vendors
  • Confirm delivery date and time for cake and flowers
  • Confirm Blue Harbor Resort guest room reservations for all out-of-town guests and your wedding night honeymoon suite
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Get a manicure and pedicure at Reflections Spa & Salon
  • Ensure all wedding attire and accessories are together
  • Get a good night’s sleep!

When your wedding day finally arrives, don't forget to soak in every last minute and enjoy yourself, but confirm you have your marriage license and rings! After the honeymoon, you’ll have time to write those thank-you notes.

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