Post # 1
I’m going to need to put my vacation request well in advance. I wanted to know how many days I should take off prior to the wedding.
I have family flying in from Europe a week before so I’m assuming it will be crazy before the wedding.
My wedding is Sat, 9/10 and I also get Labor Day off.
What do past brides recommend??
Post # 3
i plan on taking 3 days. my wedding’s on sunday, so i’ll have wednesday-saturday to travel there, see people, and do some last minute projects. really i think it depends how many diy projects you have to complete. there’s also a balance of how much time you want off before versus after the wedding (unless you have a lot of time off you don’t mind using up).
Post # 4
I’d say at least 3 days. I took off a week and a half, but my wedding was across the country from where I live, and I still had final walkthroughs, centerpieces to finish, details to organize to take to the venue, etc.
Post # 5
I agree with taking the Wednesday before off and the rest of the week. That’s what I did and it was perfect!
Post # 6
Our wedding is on a Friday so I am planning on working that Monday and taking the rest of the week off. We won’t return to work until the following Tuesday. The timing for our wedding worked out perfectly. My anniversary date at work happens to be the day after we leave for our honeymoon, 2 weeks after our wedding. Because of this, I am able to use 1 week of 2011 vacation for our wedding and then 1 week of 2012 vacation for our honeymoon. It would have made for a seriously crappy year if I had to save all of my vacation for the entire year.
Post # 7
I did the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before for a Saturday wedding, and it was perfect! Then, you only have a short two-day week to get through at work 🙂
We took a full two weeks off – Wednesday to Wednesday. We wanted a couple of extra days after we got back from our honeymoon to relax and readjust.
Post # 8
@Miss Chapstick: Wise move! We took two days off after the wedding and I am so glad we did! I used that time to unpack from honeymoon, do laundry, put away wedding presents, legal errands (marriage license, social security office, DMV, combine bank accts., etc, etc. I am glad for my two days pre-wedding but just as glad for the two days I took post-honeymoon!
Post # 9
I took 4 days off before my wedding and this was SO needed. I thought this was just the time I needed. I had a bunch of DIY projects so these days allowed me to get a bunch of stuff done 🙂
Post # 10
I won’t get into all the details about how god awful my experience was with having taken only 2 days off before the wedding so I STRONGLY recommend taking ALL the time you can possibly take. My biggest regret of the entire wedding process was not taking more time off. Unexpected things will arise, time flys by so quickly, people say they will help and then don’t and I could go on and on….. I seriously got about 6-8 hrs of total sleep in the entire 4 days leading up to the wedding day…I was a walking hallucinating zombie =(
Post # 11
I have a Sunday wedding. I’ll probably take off Thursday, Friday and then Monday and MAYBE Tuesday. But my 30th birthday is the following weekend, so I’m SORT of tempted just to take the whole week off an enjoyin being married and the end of my 20s. But I probably won’t because I hoard leave.
Post # 12
Thanks everyone. By my wedding day, I’ll have earned 3 weeks vacation time so I am not too concerned about how much time I have.
Since I’ll have Labor day Monday off, is it worth working the Tuesday after?? Should I just take it off?
Post # 13
@SoontobeMsL: Oh yeah, in that case, I would totally take that whole week off. No point in going in for one day, if you ask me 🙂
Post # 14
@2PeasinaPod: Glad to hear! That’s exactly what I’m planning 🙂
Post # 15
I got married that weekend this year (9/11), and I definitely took the whole week. I had tons of people from out of the country flying in for my husband’s bachelor party the weekend before, so parts of the week were also doing dinners & coffee with them and lending cars, etc. I didn’t have much DIY left; it was just having people around everywhere and making time for them. Also, our wedding festivities officially started Thursday night, *and* we were hosting the rehearsal dinner at our house on Friday night. There were rentals and a rental truck & food for rehearsal dinner to pick up keeping the house clean with a tornado of people and hosting and other logistical things that needed to be taken care of that week. For me, I could’ve used even one more day!
Post # 16
I took two days and it was plenty. And the wedding was pretty much as DIY as they come.