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Your to-do list may be long, but our wedding experts suggest that saving the majority of your vacation days for after the wedding will be worth it in the end.
Before you go running into your boss' office with a PTO request sheet, take a deep breath. Right now, it's hard to see beyond the wedding. All of your energy is being channeled toward orchestrating the perfect party, and it's tough to remember that it's only one day. And although it seems like you'll need to be working 24/7 in the days leading up to it, the truth is, you don't need to be. Some things have a way of sorting themselves out, and the less energy you give to them, the less stressful they become. By keeping one foot in "reality" before the wedding, you're less likely to have those ubiquitous bridezilla explosions over small details. Give yourself a few days prior to the ceremony to decompress and focus on the wedding. Family and friends will start coming into town, and this is a nice time to enjoy face-to-face conversations that you might not otherwise have. Plus, some relaxing spa treatments before the big day never hurt anyone.
Whether you're taking a big honeymoon immediately following or just a long weekend away, let the scale tip more in favor of time off after the wedding. Believe it or not, it's more fun to spend those vacation days excitedly reliving every romantic, funny and I-can't-believe-that-happened moment than stressing out over why the florist is going to have to substitute garden roses for peonies.