(Closed) Worker Bees: how do you have time to wedding plan??

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Already married, but I did ALL of my planning at work.  I was an admin and I had a lot of down time.  I did all of my conatcting through e-mail so I wasn’t tying up my work phone line or talking on my cell phone.

My work totally knew what I was doing, and they would playfully give me a hard time about it.  So I don’t feel bad.  But I got lucky.

As for healthy snacks, cut up some cucumbers or fruit.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@sommertime:  Schedule appointments for the evening after work or on the weekends.  Really, unless you are planning an event for more than 100 people, it does not take that much time and you could easily plan by putting in a couple hours every weekend.  I planned my first wedding with less than 4 months easily and I was even enrolled full time in law school at the time so I had a lot of classtime and reading on my schedule.  If you are planning an event for more than 100 people I would seriously consider hiring at least a day of coordinator (my only regret from my first wedding.)

It’s really the last week or two before the wedding that gets stressful.  All of the big stuff is planned and booked but you get into the final timecrunch and have to decide what is worth keeping and what you are going to have to live without.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Most vendors try to be flexible because they want your business.  If you have a vendor who isn’t being flexible enough you might want to reconsider them.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I work fulltime & so far haven’t had any issues. Although I will say that I have a TON of down-time at work so I use that to e-mail vendors, iron out details, do my research, makeup my lists, etc…. So far I have able to take care of most of my planning while at work, while my DIY’s are reserved for either my lunch break or home. Any vendor’ I’ve needed to meet with have been more than happy to see me on the weekends or after 5 on weekdays. So long as you speak to the vendor or business owner personally & hint around that it would be a larger order/group they’ll make the time to speak with you if they want your $$. 

Healthy snacks- cut up fruit or veggies before you leave teh house (I LOVE me hummus & veggies!); keep a container of peanuts/almonds in your desk (but watch out for the super salty ones)…

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ugh, I understand how this goes. I work full time, and while planning is going great, I’m hitting the same snag. My reception venue has a new coordinator, who’s been trying to set up a tasting for us (we did a group tasting last year, but we’d like another). She asked what days are good for us, and I told her Saturdays only, and she was, like, floored that we couldn’t come during the week. Um…? I work? Can’t take time off for a tasting? She said Saturdays “aren’t possible,” despite the last tasting (which we were invited to, we did not choose the date) being last year in June…on a Saturday.

Anyway. I’ve done a lot of planning on the weekends, evenings, and a little at work. 

Post # 9
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925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@beachbride1216:  you, my dear, are my hero. i am currently working full-time, going to grad school full-time, taking somebody to court (which is draining financially and emotionally), and trying to plan my wedding (we’re thinking about 100-125 guests).

i like your advice about a day-of coordinator. i was definitely thinking of doing that, because i know i’ll be a nervous wreck/control freak on the day of my wedding and i won’t just enjoy myself. do you know when you should reach out to a day-of coordinator? and how much do they usually end up costing? (ha, apparently i’ve made you out to be a day-of coordinator expert, sorry :/)

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I work full time and live several hours away from the city I’m getting married in.  I started a new job shortly afer getting engaged, and luckily I’m alone in my office for a lot of it (at least in the winter, our “slow months”).  I read reviews and emailed vendors all while I was at work. I use Adobe Illustrator and InDesign for my job, so it wasn’t unusual to have 1 window open with work stuff and another window open with my invitation…  I have done all my DIY stuff at home during the evening or weekends, but occasionally I’ll use the office paper cutter at work.  I try to schedule all in-person meetings with vendors in big chunks (like 4 meetings in 1 day) so I didn’t have to take off much time from work.

ETA: I have set deadlines for getting stuff done, like having to have all my DIY crap done by Christmas so I can bring it to my parent’s house (which is closer to wedding city).  I’m also taking off the week before the wedding and have a DOC.  This is all absolutely necessary, IMO.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I work 6am-3pm (and usually later than that), plus I’m in grad school and have class a few nights a week.  I do a bunch of research at work when I have downtime, otherwise I’ve devoted one night a week to strictly wedding planning with Fiance so we could get some things done.

Post # 12
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879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I work 7 days a week (CPA, plus contract tax stuff on the side) so I feel you! I usually get off at 6, sometimes 7pm so by the time I make dinner/spend time with Fiance there isn’t much time left! I do have to take the occasional day off some weekends so I can meet with vendors. Like a PP mentioned, schedule at least 2-3 meetings in one day. We also live about an hour and a half from our venue. Most vendors have been able to meet with us on Saturdays or even Sundays. As for everything else, I try to spend some time at night getting things checked off my list.

I like to keep a bag of nuts (sometimes mixed with dried fruit) on me. Non-perishable and they’re great for energy and keeping me satiated until I eat a meal ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@jwdesiree:  No worries.  You will want to hire one sooner rather than later in case they book up on your date.  Make sure to set up an appointment to interview them before hiring them.  You want to make sure you get along and she should be able to show you some photos of her work.  Also, ask her for a few references from other brides.  DO coordinators can start at a couple of hundred dollars and go up into the thousands of dollars.  She will likely try to sell you on a wedding planning package that includes day of coordination as well but many will do just day of unless your wedding day is during major wedding season or on a holiday.

Check your local board and craigslist for recommendations.  If you are super budget conscious you can usually find recent college grads trying to build up their coordination business by offering inexpensive day of coordination.  You are really just hiring someone to make the day less chaotic; someone to sign for vendors, make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be, and events stay mostly on schedule. 

Post # 14
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3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Time difference between mainland and Hawaii helped a lot, and most of my communication was to the wedding planner or the reception dinner restaurant. The only appointment I had to make was the one for my dress and that was on a weekend.

I am an engineer at a 9-5 job.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I do most of mine at work or on weekends. Not hard at all. I sometimes bring my ipad with me so I can do some personal work on it at lunch breaks. I’m also an admin at a university so I have lots of time when students or professors aren’t in. I guess I’m lucky to have a 8am-4pm job like this. 

As for snacks, I bring clementines to work with me as they are low mess, smell great, and are pretty good for you. I also bring in celery with peanut butter (in a tiny tub), and I have a carton of egg whites in our fridge that I use when I am hungry for breakfast (just microwave egg whites in a mug for 2 minutes to make scrambled eggs). 

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