Yay! You’re engaged – congrats. Now begins the planning stage, which is so fun…but how can you fit that in with an already packed schedule? One local bride shares how she managed to balance wedding planning with a full-time job. It can be done!
How to Balance Wedding Planning with a Full-Time Job
Being newly engaged is such an exciting time — your friends and family are gushing over the proposal, you’ve got a shiny new rock to show off, and you can finally hit Pinterest hard and dive into the process of designing your big day.
Oh, but wait…
You have to go to work tomorrow. Outside of a few congratulations here and there, you’re expected to sit there and focus on work when dreams of weddings cakes and bridesmaid gowns dance around your head. How are you supposed to maintain work productivity for up to a year (or more) when there’s so much to be done?
It’s not always easy, that’s for sure. However, here are some helpful strategies for planning your dream wedding while still working your way up to that next promotion.
Hire a dedicated wedding planner.
This might go without saying, but outsourcing the logistics of planning can save you both time and stress. Wedding planners are skilled experts on everything from vendor procurement, design trends, timeline coordination, and much more. While you’ll certainly still want plenty of input on the overall look of the day, having a valuable resource like a wedding planner will save you from consulting Google during the workday when you just need to know the pros and cons of an outdoor ceremony or how much alcohol to purchase.
Book flexible vendors.
As you interview vendors and find the best fits for your wedding dream team, include one important question: How flexible are you with meeting schedules? Ideally, your vendors will be able to accommodate your work schedule, allowing you to meet remotely or in the evenings and on weekends. This ensures that you don’t have to hurry out for a long lunch or take phone calls in the conference room when you should be preparing that presentation due this week.
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Implement block scheduling.
Knowing you have a couple hours dedicated to wedding planning in the evening can help you focus on work while you’re still in the office. Take note of the thoughts and questions that come up and, instead of digging in at work (“just this one time!”), set aside time after work or on the weekends to focus only on wedding planning.
Take advantage of your breaks.
If there’s something that must be addressed during the workday, do your best to save it for lunch or other scheduled breaks you have during the day. With that said, opt for smaller activities that won’t tempt you to run over on your break time. For example, responding to some vendor emails is a better use of your time than starting to write your vows. A little Pinterest inspiration never hurt either, but be cautious not to go down the rabbit hole.
It is possible to balance wedding planning with a full-time job!
When it comes down to it, your wedding is a very important experience — but your job is a long-term investment (and is probably funding part of the wedding). Spend as much time as you need on your wedding, but don’t let it get in the way of your other priorities. After all, once you’re married, you’ll have memories of an incredible weekend, a partner to call your own, new responsibilities, and, of course, your job.
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Amanda Zack is a freelance writer and content marketing specialist based in Roanoke. She specializes in weddings, travel, and lifestyle, with a special knack for social media.