Working fulltime and planning a wedding can feel like you're trying to juggle two jobs at once. While some days are doable — thanks to an extra cup of coffee and an extended lunch break spent on Google — other days are times when you as a bride should go ahead and take off work. If you're wondering when you should use your vacation days during the wedding adventure, here are six important times we think you should request off from your 9-to-5 gig.
1. The Day Before Your Wedding
If possible, take a couple days off before your wedding. That way, you can handle last minute tasks, take on some beauty appointments, and hopefully spend time just relaxing and spending time with out-of-town guests.
2. Your Wedding Dress Shopping Day
While weekend appointments may seem more appetizing, it can be harder to get them at certain stores, especially if you have your heart set on a certain name-brand dress spot. Taking a day off to go in the middle of the week will often mean you'll have a more personal experience where you're not rushed or bombarded by a dozen other brides and their attendants. You can make a day out of it with your family and bridesmaids which is always fun, too!
3. Your Bachelorette Party
Most bachelorette parties take place over the weekend, so we recommend you take a day off either before or after the party. Take the day before if you want time to pack and travel to the location, and take the day after if you need 24 hours to recoup before heading back to your cubicle — or take both, which would be the best-case scenario for the bride with extra vacation days.
4. The Day After Your Wedding
If you're not planning on jet-setting off immediately after your wedding to your honeymoon, consider taking the Monday after your wedding as a holiday. That way, you can spend the weekend resting up, unpacking, opening gifts, and using Monday simply for kicking back and taking a couple of deep breaths.
5. A Day in the Middle
When wedding planning becomes overwhelming, take a personal day off from work. Use the time to catch up on small items or larger to-do list tasks. It always helps to have a day away from work just to catch up on things — and to keep your sanity!
6. Marriage License Day
While this can be done the week before the wedding, use this as a day to spend with your fiancé doing something special and intimate.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.