Post # 1
So as always, have to clarify I’m not engaged yet, but thinking ahead because I know its happening soon. I’m posting this on the Honeymoon board because it seems like a lot of you are taking nice, long honeymoons! I’m wondering how you’re getting to take so much time off work?!
I get 4 hours of leave a pay period, which equates to about 13 days a year (not including sick leave which is separate). I always have to take at least 2 days for Thanksgiving (non-negotiable) and usually need a day or two for other small trips. I’m using the balance of my leave this year to go on an 8 day cruise this summer and attend my college reunion, so I will be starting wedding planning at essentially 0 days, and we’re thinking about a year to a year and a half of planning, depending. So if we want to take a 2 week honeymoon, I’m not sure I’ll have the leave to do so!
So I’m wondering what you all are doing with work!
Post # 3
When I was negotiating my salary, I also negotiated for the most vacation I could squeeze out of them. I get 4 weeks a year and I had to work hard to get it!
Post # 4
@google: What about taking a mini-moon instead and banking up more time to take a longer honeymoon a year later?
If you didn’t live in Virginia, I’d suggest you form a union so collectively you and your fellow co-workers could negotiate for more vacation. 😉
Post # 5
Do you have the option to take unpaid days? I know it isn’t ideal, but it would allow you to have the kind of honeymoon you want.
Our honeymoon was eight days long, and it was amazing! Two weeks aren’t required, as awesome as it would be!
Post # 6
I banked days from last year, so I’m taking 3 weeks total at once, and then a long weekend for my bachelorette and one for my shower, as they’re both in different cities.
Can you take unpaid leave? I know my employer gives you a few “personal” days for your wedding, plus I know another girl’s boss let her take an extra week unpaid.
Post # 7
I also earn 4 hours per pay period, so 13 days a year. Keep in mind that a two-week honeymoon is also only 10 days (80 hours), not 14. We’re also getting married Labor Day weekend, so my two week honeymoon is only 9 days. We had to sacrifice going halfway around the world because we didn’t want to use up 2 full days travelling. I also just didn’t go on any smaller trips at all the year before the wedding. I was back in the office right after Christmas and have purposefully not taken trips I might have otherwise taken because I’m saving my leave.
ETA: I started my wedding planning with 1 day of leave and a year out from the wedding.
Post # 8
I get 8 days Paid vacation a year and 4 sick days that I can use as vacation days. Also, my boss’ gift to us was 5 additional days. My wedding was in November and before the wedding I only took 1.5 days off to save for the wedding/honeymoon. I took off 4 days off for the wedding and then an extra 5 days for the honeymoon.
Post # 9
We’re taking a few days off before the wedding, and a mini-honeymoon right after (nothing fancy, just a quick nip out of town to a city we’ve been to many times before, just to decompress). The proper honeymoon will happen about 3 months later. We did this specifically because of time off: my Mister does not get paid leave at all, so any time not worked means time not paid, and my employer does a mandatory week off at the end of the year for everyone — sounds nice till you realize they are taking it from your leave balance.
Post # 10
I get 20 days of vacation time (paid time off) a year now after being with the company 5 years (we start with 15), and can carry over 5 days for a total of 5 weeks if I could plan it right. We also dont get any sick time, so if we have to stay home cause we’re sick, that comes out of paid time off. But the saving grace for me is that we also have flex time schedule where we can work more hours the week before or after leaving to make up time. Thanks to this flex time, I’m usually able to take a week more vacation than I have vacation time.
Post # 11
I get 3 weeks a year. We are getting married on NYE so I am lucky because the week before my wedding and the week of Are paid holidays so I can use my holiday to have an extra day off the week before and to use less vacation time the week of. (I work retail so our paid holidays are floating). My last day will be Dec. 27th and I am returning 1/14. Because of the holidays I will only need to take 72 hours of vacation time. if I didn’t have the paid time off I would definitely considered asking to take a few unpaid days off. Maybe you can do a 10 day instead of two weeks?
My vacation starts over 1/18 so I will get it back right after I return to work. We also get six sick days a year so I may use one or two throughout the year if I need a breather.
Post # 12
I get a total of 3 weeks off per year, including PTO/sick time. Since we were married in October and that’s my anniversary month at work, I was able to use a week of 2011 vacation for our actual wedding and then a week of 2012 vacation for our HM since we left 2 weeks later, which happened to be 1 day after my anniversary date. I would have hated to blow through all of my time off just for my wedding/HM and be left with nothing for the rest of the year. I require atleast a few mental health days every now and then.
Post # 13
I get 10 vacation days, 5 sick days and if you get married, they give you another 5 days for vacation.
Sounds great, right?
Not for me though. I’ll probably end up having to find another job because nobody else in our location can do my job and HR refuses to hire someone or let me teach it to another person. I’ve already told them that I’m getting married next year and plan to take all of my time at once and all they say is, “we’ll see”. WTF? I will never work for a foreign owned company again.
Post # 14
@pinkshoes: Flex time sounds awesome!
Post # 15
@Gemstone: I second this. Is the the option of taking unpaid days?
Post # 16
I have 20 days of vacation and 13 sick days. Right now I have accrued like 6 weeks of vacation, so I’m good. It’s just like when you are prepping to have a baby. Figure out if those other “little trips” are really that important or if you want to use your time for your honeymoon. We are only going for 1 week, but I think that’s enough. We wanted to get some place quickly and relax for a moment. Balance out what’s important to you and go from there.