You are so excited – the man of your dreams has asked you to marry him. Now, however, you have so much to do. How will you ever fit it all in before the big day arrives?

The first thing you want to do is take a look at your wedding checklist. There are likely nonessential items that you can remove, thereby reducing your stress.

What are some of those wedding to-do’s that you don’t really have to do? Consider five items that our wedding experts say you can take off your checklist right now.

1. Fill Your Bridal Registry With Things You Don’t Need

Many department stores offer consumers a wedding ideas book to influence what blissful brides put on their wedding registries. Don’t stress about how many stemmed and stemless white and red wine glasses you’ll need for a fully outfitted home bar if that’s not your thing. Instead, take a mental inventory of what you and your betrothed already have, and focus your registry on home items you still need. Mark matching your registry to others’ requirements off your list.

2. Wade Through Stacks of Magazines to Get Wedding Ideas

Browsing bridal magazines can be a fun part of the wedding planning experience, but don’t let it stress you out. You likely have some idea of what you want your wedding to be like – in fact, you’ve probably been planning aspects of it since childhood. Remember that your wedding need not meet anyone’s expectations but your own and those of your future spouse. Read the magazines for recreation, but mark them off your to-do list.

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3. Send Out Save-the-Dates Long Before Your Invitations

This is a fun tradition, but unless you are planning on a very long engagement, it becomes unnecessary. Many couples today opt to use save-the-date style photo cards or magnets in place of traditional wedding invitations. This way, you save time, money, and get the best of both worlds.

4. Take Part in Traditions That Lack Meaning for You

Modern weddings retain much of the ceremony and traditions of times past. Most of us want to walk down the aisle, say our vows, exchange rings, and party afterward. These are the things that make a wedding seem like a wedding. Depending on your cultural or religious background, however, you may feel pressured by family and friends to expend time, money, and energy on rituals that mean little to you personally. Mark those off the checklist and focus on those traditions that will make you happy and that will make your wedding day unique and memorable.

5. Have Your Engagement Ring Cleaned Before the Wedding

It may only seem right to shine up the bauble that got you here in the first place. If you happen to be visiting your local jeweler anyway, then have at it. However, one of the most widely circulated and terrifying wedding stories is that of the Maid of Honor who dropped the engagement ring down the drain when she went to clean it. Don’t let that happen to you – mark this nonessential off your wedding checklist today!

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