Post # 1
So I’m just getting starting on planning everything (hoping for Oct 2010 wedding) and I’m starting to get concerned about handling all of the planning with my full-time job. I don’t have a very flexible job – it’s pretty corporate and there’s no such thing as “long lunches” and “personal time off.” I have very little vacation and sick time and I can’t even really use the internet while at work (the horrors!) How did you all handle it? Mostly weekend planning? I’m also a little stressed because my wedding will be in Northern California (I live in Southern California). Luckily, both sets of parents live where we’re getting married so they’ve offered to help out a lot. We’ll be taking a lot of weekend trips up North! So what are your time saving tips or planning suggestions? Use lunch breaks?
**Editing to say – I am so thankful to still HAVE my job – we’ve had mass layoffs and I somehow made it through. So, I don’t want anyone to think I’m whining about having to work, because I am grateful to be employed in this very rough and rocky economy!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
I am! I’m so thankful the mister just finished school and starts his FT job after the honeymoon…so he’s been really helpful with the to-do list!
Post # 4
How about being a month away from the wedding, working full-time, and starting full-time college courses this week!? good grief, i’m gonna be busy.
Add in my six year old starting school next week, too. Pure craziness LOL
Post # 5
i’m working full time (tho i’ll admit i had a break in my work schedule during the month when I got the bulk of it done). that said, i could have done that in less than a month if I didn’t have the time:
a) troll for online local resources – the knot, locally published wedding magazines, etc for vendor referrals
b) assess what works for you / doesn’t based on their website. send them email requests if necessary w/ questions that you have. you’ll get a pretty good sense who you want to work with based on their responses (e.g. if they take a week to respond, do you really want to deal w/ that all through your planning?)
c) if there are vendors you know and trust, just go with them. no point spending the extra time looking for others. i did that for my cake (local bakery that i love, hair (my regular hairstylist).
d) figure out what’s important to you and focus on those details. the rest – outsource!
don’t forget: the mr can help out too! after all it’s his wedding as well!
Post # 6
Yup! I work approximately 60 hrs a week and FI works like 90 hrs a week..and we just bought a condo and are moving! My job is somewhat flexible though and I do get 4 wks vacation. I am very very lucky to have a very very very helpful mom who loves wedding planning : )
Post # 7
I work full time and I’m also in school, so I feel ya on being short on free time. Fortunately, my job is flexible – I go online at work, email, etc. I also am getting married in a different city than the one I live in – an 18 driving distance so the trips to my hometown are few and far between. I’ve been relying on friends and family to do some leg work for me.
I’ve saved most wedding related stuff – visits to venues and things like that – for weekends and evenings. Email is a wonderful thing and I have a whole “wedding” folder in my email to keep myself organized. A nice long engagement is also a good things since you’re not trying to rush around and get things settled.
Good luck with everything! It can be crazy and time consuming but remember to have fun. Once the big decisions are made – venue, photographer, DJ/band – the other things you can take your time with.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown
Yeah I work full-time and am just starting with the planning process. I’m also considering getting a second part-time job for supplement income. Am I crazy?
Post # 9
I’m working full-time AND I’m a full-time student in the evenings & weekends!
Post # 10
Ah! This helps so much to read all of these responses! So It IS possible! hehe.
It’s actually interesting.. I was planning on starting grad school in January, but I got a letter yesterday informing me that the program has been closed for the spring semester due to budget cuts. I’m disappointed, but part of me thinks it was fate’s way of saying – “woah lady, start grad school a little later!”. I was sort of planning on finding a pt gig and going to school, but now I can stay at my job longer and make/save more money, and devote more time to planning this big old party!
So you all are my heroes!! Thanks for the reassurance.. and we all rock!
Post # 11
FI and I both work full time and he’s also a part time student. It’s definitely hard to juggle everything (especially because my job is insanely stressful and time consuming), but it can be done! Google Docs is my savior.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I work full-time but I’m a teacher so I basically had the whole summer free (babysit 2 days/wk but that’s it) so right now it’s not bad but once september comes, I will have very little free time to plan…Ironically, I thought I would have the whole summer to be able to book a caterer and a band and here I am, 3 weeks away from Sep with neither booked….ARGH!
Post # 13
Yup, I started a new job an hour away from my house right after getting engaged so I’m working full time with 10 hours of commuting each week and since I won’t have enough vacation time for the wedding/honeymoon, I’m also trying to work extra hours to earn “credit hours”. My FH has a very flexible schedule (the benefit of being on call 24/7) and so he has been extremely helpful through the wedding process. He worked from home when I had my “test bunch” of flowers delievered, and he is more available to talk to people during business hours.
I should have written all of that in past tense though, because it has all paid off and tomorrow will be my last day of work before the wedding and I’ll be off for almost 3 FULL WEEKS!!
Post # 14
Employed full time, and a part time student! Things are crazy to say the least
Post # 15
The hardest thing for me working full time was making appointments or even phone calls to vendors who keep normal business hours too. I could do a lot of online research at night or on the weekends. I was able to make a lot of contacts via email too… at work (shh!) and after work.
Good luck and recruit help from anyone who has free time during the day – mom, moh, FI, etc!
Post # 16
I work full-time and i’m actually just in research stages of planning, so I haven’t felt the pressure yet. I’m lucky that I can access pretty much anything online when I’m in my office, but since my summer camp started, I haven’t actually been in here much. I also have a part-time job as well. I would have FI (who only works PT) start really planning, but I’m terrified of what he might plan without supervision!