By Jillian Kramer for BRIDES
When was the last time you planned a shindig for 100-plus people? Likely, never. So it's totally normal to feel like your to-do list is too long to tackle. "It's very easy for a bride or groom to feel overwhelmed while planning a wedding," says Jesse Tombs, senior event producer for Alison Events.
Luckily, you can check things off your list without even doing them -- we promise you and your guests won't even notice! Here are six you can scratch off right now if you're feeling too overwhelmed.
"They're always a nice personal touch," says Melissa McNeeley, owner of Events by Melissa McNeeley. "But if you don't have time for them and you don't enjoy the process of selecting them, then cut them. After all, if you're doing something out of obligation, it sort of takes away the charm of the gesture. And if you have a great party with awesome food and music, your guests won't even know!"
2. Welcome bags
"Your guests won't be disappointed if they don't have the bag with a water bottle and aspirin," says McNeeley. "This is a very time-consuming task -- you have to collect items and then shuttle them to various hotels. Cut it!"
3. Farewell brunch
Sure, it's nice to bid adieu to your guests. But, "everyone doesn't even make it and it can sometimes be too much after a night of partying," says Tombs, "so skip it!"
4. Seat assignments
"You can save time by having table assignments and escort cards but skipping place cards and actual seat assignments," suggests McNeeley. "Guests can find their table and choose their own seat. This saves hours of stress that comes with putting together complicated seating charts."
"Guests will look at them if they're there -- but I doubt they will notice if they're missing," says McNeeley. "Not having to come up with wording and design and having them printed saves a lot of time."
6. Wedding website
Your guests will likely find all the information they need on your invitations and if not, they can call you or your family to ask. "Not every bride needs a website," says Tombs. "If you like them, by all means create one. But if it's just too much, skip it."