Bar Harbor and MDI Wedding Ceremonies
Providing Full Wedding Planning and Officiating Services

A Guide to Help in Planning Your Wedding...

And Why You might decide to hire a Wedding Planner

     Destination wedding planning is an exciting task to undertake! Finding the location for the ceremony, booking the best venue you can find, planning and collaborating with no less than 10 different vendors, menu planning, tastings, fittings, budgeting, negotiating prices, color matching and the list goes on and on! However, do you know where to find all of the different vendors you will need such as, finding hotels for guests, cake designers, venue locations, Officiants, florists, rental companies for furnishings, caterers and others? Do you know how to obtain your marriage license in the State of Maine or what is needed if this is your second marriage? Do you know what permits are needed to serve alcohol on the grounds of certain venues or private Estates? Is it your wish to get married in Acadia National Park? Permitting is required and needs to be applied for in advance of the wedding.


        Many people decide to use a Wedding Planner for weddings in their home towns due to the connections that the Wedding Planner has. This is why it is even more important to use a Wedding Planners services for Destination Weddings! Connections!!! MDI Weddings has the connections and expertise needed to help you plan your destination wedding on Mount Desert Island and throughout Downeastern Maine.


        Below is a sample checklist showing just a handful of the many different and individual tasks that need to be completed within certain deadlines:


Let MDI Weddings complete these tasks for you while you make the final decisions

and we do all of the work!

 Engagement Major Decisions
Other Decisions
Final Preparations
The Big Day and After
  •  Take Engagement Photos
  •  Hire a Wedding Planner
  •  Purchase Wedding Bands
  •  Final Dress fittings
  •  Final haircuts
  •  Plan Engagement Party
  •  Finalize Wedding Venue
  •  Test Makeup and Hair Artists
  •  Pickup Tux and shoes
  •  Dress prep with Lady-in-Waiting
  •  Hire Caterer
  •  Decide on Favors
  •  Pickup marriage license
  •  Prepare shoes (break-in shoes)
 Pre-Planning
  •  Hire Florist
  •  Schedule all appointments
  •  Write vows
  •  Await Floral delivery
  •  Select Wedding Date
  •  Hire Wedding Officiant
  •  Book Honeymoon
  •  Contact ever Vendor and confirm Times and Dates
  •  Await Musician(s) - setup
  •  Select Rehearsal Date and Time
  •  Hire DJ
  •  Register for Gifts
  •  Re-check for all needed items
  •  Await Officiant
  •  Select Wedding Time
  •  Rent Furnishings: Tents, Chairs, Coverings, etc..
  •  Purchase Guest Book
  •  Create music lists and important dances
  •  Await caterer - give directions
  •  Set the Final Budget
  •  Decide on Gown, Wedding party Attire, etc
  •  Decide on music and activities
  •  Put together all tip envelopes and Thank You's
  •  Prepare aisle and aisle runner
  •  Choose Best Man and Maid of Honor
  •  Hire Photographer
  •  Purchase Wedding Party Gifts
  •  Final preps and rehearsals
  •  Setup and place flowers at ceremony and venue location
  •  Select Wedding Colors and Theme
  •  Hire Transportation
  •  Research and apply for marriage license
  •  Double check outlines
  •  Check for delivery of furniture at ceremony and venue
  •  Create an Initial Guest List
  •  Rent Hotel rooms or block rooms
  •  Create seating chart
  •  Remind all wedding participants of Rehearsal
  •  Decorate both locations
  •  Decide on Wedding Party Attendants
  •  Hire Musicians
  • Decide on Floral arraignments and centerpieces
  •  Confirm final menus
  •  Give guidance for processional
  •  Decide on Family/Religious Traditions
  •  Order Wedding Cake
  •  Create the ceremony program
  •  Prepare Toasts
  •  Special transportation for wedding party and couple
  • Submit Engagement Announcement to Local Papers
  •  Send out Save The Date
  •  Send out Invitations
  •  Send out Thank You's for gifts already received
  •  Depart for Honeymoon

This is a very small percentage of items and tasks that need to be completed many months in advance until the Magical Day and even after the ceremony. MDI Weddings is ready to work directly with you and our vendors to create the dream wedding you have in mind. We take the extreme pressure and anxiety off of you and seamlessly design and create the day you have dreamed of!