(Closed) How many days is reasonable to request off?

posted 12 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

In my experience, I think up to three weeks (if you have the time) is within the acceptable mark, as long as you’re responsible about it.

I also have 10 vacation days a year, and I used every single one for our wedding/honeymoon. We took a solid two weeks for everything, and I’m glad we used all our days for it. You truly want all the time you can use, so as long as  your company allows it, why not go for it?

I also have friend’s who work for companies where the boss will give them an extra day or two just for getting married. That totally made me jealous.

Post # 4
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it depends on your company.  I asked my boss about this and she said ten days is about the max they like people to take off in a row.  So I’m taking Thurs and Fri off, we’re getting married on Saturday and then doing the honeymoon Monday through the following Tuesday or Wednesday.  So I’ll probably take off 10-11 days.  We get 21 days a year though (that includes sick, personal, and vacation)

Post # 5
1221 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

It doesn’t seem like an unreasonable request at all, especially since you are getting married. It’s your honeymoon! I’d hope that most people would understand this, and as long as you have the hours in the bank, it shouldn’t be a problem. Especially if you go ahead and put in for it now, I can’t imagine why they would have a problem with it.

Post # 6
1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think that they key is how you approach it with your boss. That length of time shouldn’t be an issue if you can come to the table with a comprehensive plan on how you will prepare for your absence and how projects will be delegated. If everything is planned in advance, then your boss should (hopefully) be okay with it.

Post # 7
1656 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It definitely depends on your company and what kind of job you have. I would put in for the days you want ideally as far ahead of time as possible and see if they take issue with it. They may not even say anything. If they do, then you negotiate. Maybe they will let you take unpaid days on top of the paid vacation time you’re taking. Feel it out with them and see what happens. Doesn’t hurt to ask. It is your honeymoon.

Post # 8
1652 posts
Bumble bee

It doesn’t sound unreasonable to me.  It is your honeymoon.  However, I agree with pps.  Sometimes it’s difficult for companies to swing that much vacation.  Just won’t know until you ask.  But definitely have a gameplan on how to make things smooth for them, while you’re gone.

Post # 9
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it’s not unreasonable to take ten days off (a full two weeks) IF you give your company plenty of notice (and if you work with clients, let them know as well).  It is your honeymoon / wedding, and not something you’re going to do every year.

Post # 10
1640 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We get three weeks off, and I’ve seen people take it all at once.

Post # 11
8941 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It depends on how much vacation time you get at your company.  I took off 2 days before and the week after, but I only got 2 weeks personal time and ended up taking too many when I quit but they paid me anyway.

Post # 12
845 posts
Busy bee

I am taking 2-3 days before and two weeks after. We have 3 weeks a year and 1 week extra marriage leave, though actually taking all your allotted days is hard. But I can’t imagine not doing a two week honeymoon – for me that’s what makes it different from any regular vacation. 

Post # 13
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

I’m taking a month off for the wedding/honeymoon..but I requested like, a year in advance.  I haven’t had a vacation in like, 2 years, plus its my wedding, so they are understanding about it.  Just give them a lot of notice and it should be okay.

Post # 14
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It’s your vacation time that you earn, and you can take it however you want!! 

We get 5 weeks and I wanted to take it all for the wedding.  But a few months before, HR changed their vacation policy, and we all had to take 75% of our total vacation before 9/30.  My wedding was 10/10.  I filed for an exception and got denied (along with 2 other October brides).  I ended up taking 1 week of unpaid time since we’d already booked a two-week Honeymoon.  My boss let me do that b/c she thought the policy was silly.  She had a baby in September and was saving her vacation to extend her maternity leave, so her plans got messed up too. 

Don’t feel like you’re doing your company a favor by not taking whatever vacation you want.  It’s your wedding and your Honeymoon and you never get this chance again. 

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