Megan
Savvy July 2019

Days Off

Megan, on May 20, 2019 at 11:33 PM Posted in Planning 0 187
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My friend thinks it's normal to take the week of your wedding off from work. But we are leaving for our honeymoon right after, so I am concerned about taking too much time off. Do you feel like it was really helpful/important to take several days off before your wedding? How many? I don't want to ask for too much, and I am also not sure why it's necessary to take a whole week off.

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  • VIP September 2019
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    I am a nurse so I work three 12 hour shifts. I am working the week of my wedding Sun, Mon, and Tuesday. I'm doing it this way because Im using this time to finish any small errands or tasks. So Wefnesday and Thursday finish up anything small stuff. Friday my mother and I getting our nails done. Friday at 5pm is when we are decorating and setting everything up then having our rehearsal. Saturday is then the wedding. I find those extra days help decrease stress to make sure everything is organized and ready to go. However we aren't doing a honeymoon until later down the road.
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  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
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    Depends I guess.
    We took off 4 days before, but 2 of those were for travelling(14 hour drive broken up) and the other 2 for last minute errands and such.
    I took the whole week after off as well (bck to work today!) But hubby had to be back to work Thursday so we didnt take a full honeymoon. I just hung around the house an extra couple of days lol.
    I had a coworker who got married last year and took only a day or 2 off before hand but went on a 4 week long honeymoon.
    It really all comes down to personal preference and vacation allowances.
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  • J
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    I took 2 days, but FI returned from a 5 night 6 day business trip at 8am the day before our wedding. Slept for hours, so really no time off before. I set my own schedule, so easy to take off. But not anything to do, just relaxed.
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  • Mandi
    VIP March 2020
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    I plan to take the Friday before off... actually, I work for the family business and we are closing down for the day.
    I may take a partial day off a week or so before the wedding for a hair color and trim. But I cant think of anything that I would need several days off beforehand that I couldn't squeeze into my nights and weekends.
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  • Summerbride77
    VIP July 2019
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    I’m taking technically one day off before (the Thursday and Friday before my wedding are holidays so I have those off without having to take time) and the a week and change after for the honeymoon. If we did have those two days I still would have take that time. All our wedding party is out of state so there’s a lot crammed into the days leading up to the wedding: bachelorette, rehersal/rehersal dinner, bridal luncheon, welcome party, etc. And my little sisters birthday is super close so we’re planning a small celebration for her writhing those days. On top of that there are errands and things like getting our nails done
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  • CDickman
    VIP September 2019
    CDickman ·
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    I mean if you could take the week off I am sure it will be nice. Not everyone works that kind of job. I am taking 1 day before. I plan to get my nails done the Thursday before the wedding night after work. Then we will get last minute stuff done Friday.
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  • Anna
    Rockstar June 2020
    Anna ·
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    I'm doing my own flowers and decorating. Venue will let me start setting up Wed.

    I'm probably going to need that Monday and Tuesday to finish up flowers.

    I'm definitely taking the week off.
    I'm lucky, I'm self-employed, so I can just move clients around.

    We will be taking a week for our honeymoon. So two weeks total...which I doubt I could do if I worked for someone else.

    My fiancee is working Mon-Tues before the wedding then he will go back after the honeymoon.
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  • Megan
    Savvy July 2019
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    Yeah I work in Marketing and Graphic Design. I have a solid schedule but I am able to take days off and move my schedule around. I can also work from home. I just don't want to appear like I am milking it haha, but if you guys think its good for stress then I might take like 3 or so days off. I hadn't planned on any, since my wedding is on a Sunday. But it sounds like it's common.

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  • Futuremrsv
    Super October 2020
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    Im getting married on a Friday and i plan on taking off wednesday to do last minute things, thursday set up and rehearsal dinner and of course friday the wedding. I would only consider taking the entire week off if we had alot of our out of state guests flying in early
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  • Courtney
    Rockstar December 2019
    Courtney ·
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    I’m taking a day and half off (Thursday and Friday) from work. Thursday is my department’s busy day so I want to make sure I’m around for a few of those tasks but still have some personal time for last minute wedding items.
    Friday is when a majority of our out of town guests will arrive. And the off to rehearsal dinner!
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  • C
    Super July 2019
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    I'm only taking the day off before. Saving my time off for the honeymoon. But I work in patient care so as long as it's in advance their super supportive and I dont wanna take advantage of that. So I took the day before off and a week off for the honeymoon.
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  • Sexypoodle
    VIP October 2020
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    A full week isn’t necessary (and if it is, then you didn’t plan well and have too many last minute tasks). Save the time for after the wedding. And, if anything, maybe take Thursday and Friday (that’s what I did for my first wedding)
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  • KiwiDerbyBride
    VIP May 2015
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    I saved up my leave for a year prior to our wedding, and took the week before off. We had family and friends flying in from out of town from the Wednesday on, drove (2 hours) to the city our wedding was in on the Thursday, rehearsal and last minute bits on the Friday, so having the Monday and Tuesday off as well was really great just to tidy up loose ends. But, I'm in Australia where I think we get a whole lot more leave, plus I deliberately scheduled our wedding for the absolute quietest time of year for me at work so that I could take more time.

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Champion March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    If you can, it’s worth it. We took the week before & week after off. Heavenly. We were exhausted.
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  • Angerra
    VIP August 2019
    Angerra ·
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    My wedding is on a Saturday and I'm taking off Wednesday-Friday for sure. I'm thinking of working from home Monday and Tuesday. I'm pretty organized so I'm not sure if I'll need the entire week off. I believe it may just be helpful so any last minute to-dos.
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  • Futuremrsk
    VIP August 2019
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    I am a teacher and our wedding is during the summer when I am off work anyway. I am teaching 3 weeks of summer school in July. Then the week after we are heading home on a Thursday for the wedding the following Friday. So we will have about a week to finish up little things like getting nails done, final vendor payments and meetings, dropping things off at the venue, getting the marriage license among others. Since we live out of town, we figured wlhaving a week to tie up all the loose ends would be fine. If you feel you have everything ready and can work the week of I would say do it, especially if you dont get a lot of personal leave at your job. If your wedding is on Saturday I would at least give yourself Thursday and Friday off though to make sure everything is in order!
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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
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    I am taking Thursday and Friday off before my Saturday wedding. I don’t want to take too much time off, but I also don’t want to sit around for a week thinking of non stop wedding stuff and stressing myself out lol 🤣.
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  • Tiffany
    Dedicated April 2020
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    I am getting married on a Friday so I will be taking Wed and Thurs off to run errands.
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  • Kristen
    VIP April 2020
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    I’m getting married on a Sunday, definitely taking off Friday and Monday and hopefully the Thursday too. I’ll be getting waxed Wednesday after work, spray tan on Thursday, and nails on Friday or Saturday. I’ll also have to pick up t least one of my bridesmaids at the airport on the Friday.
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  • Futuremrst
    Devoted August 2019
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    We’re getting married on Saturday, and I’m taking Thursday-Tuesday off. Mostly due to events that are coinciding with the weekend of the wedding (FFIL’s birthday brunch, rehearsal, post-wedding brunch) and showing one of the groomsmen around the city (he’s coming from another state & has never been to Pittsburgh). We delayed our honeymoon until November, so I didn’t want to take off an entire week in August and then another week 3 months later.
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