So now that some of your fears about planning your wedding on office hours have been put to rest (as long as you get your work done), there are still some things that you might want to avoid while on the job. Here are some do’s and don’ts to planning your wedding while working.
- Research – Every good plan begins with research. Find out what resources are available for the bride-to-be these days. The Internet is making planning a wedding easier than ever, but the choices available can be overwhelming. It is ok to use some of the time at the office to read reviews about vendors, look up wedding venues and check theknot.com to see what is going on in the bridal sphere. However, this do comes with a caveat. This researching can suck you in, and, if you aren’t careful, you could spend your whole day wedding planning – and not working. Before you even begin the research, designate a specific amount of time to look up wedding vows, venues and veils. This will help keep you on track and allow you to get everything you need to do done.
- Phone calls – Some vendors hold the same hours as your work schedule might, which could make it difficult to get in touch with them. Not to mention, your mom, his mom, Great Aunt Sue, you five bridesmaids and everyone one else in your life will suddenly want to contact you and put in their two cents about your wedding. Feel free to take a couple of phone calls about your wedding every now and then. You can set up appointments and confirm meetings without necessarily calling attention to yourself. Be sure to keep them as short as possible and avoid the dramatic ones. If you know that your maid of honor and you are in for a dramatic conversation about the dress selection, you might want to save that one for your own time.
- Emails – Feel free to send as many emails as you need too during the day. They are quick, simple and efficient. Just be sure that you are using a personal email rather than your work one. Most companies keep tabs on their employees email accounts, and while they may be willing to turn a blind eye to other wedding planning activities, it is harder to ignore documented evidence of non-work activities.
- Make a list – Jot down lists. Constantly, on everything and anything. They take maybe a minute or two to create but can save you a chunk of time later. It may sound simple but it is one of the best wedding planning tools available.
- DIY Projects – Do not bring your party favors to work and try and set up an assembly line in the break room. It turns the work place into a mockery and appears as if you no longer care about the work you are doing for your employer. Save your DIY projects for your own time with friends, your fiancé and maybe a bottle of wine. Stuffing of hundreds of envelopes can seem to be a daunting task but you can get it done on your own time.
- Turn your cubicle into wedding planning central – It is fine if you want to have a picture or magazine or two around your office or cubicle, but do not turn it into a shrine to your wedding. Pictures of flowers, bridesmaid dresses and color palates hanging all over can be a bit distracting not just for you, but also for your co-workers. Chances are they are very excited for you to be getting married, but let them be just as surprised as the other guests when they see it all put together on your big day!
- Visit vendors – Taking time off of work all together may not be the best way to still be employed after your big day. There may be some vendors that you do need to visit during the workweek, but if you can, try and squeeze them into your lunch break. There may be sometimes when there is no way around it and you have to take off some time for work to plan, but try and keep it to a minimum. If you need to visit multiple vendors during a work week, try and take off a full day and do it all in one fell swoop. It will appear you have more of a commitment to the company since you only are taking one day off.
- Constantly seek other’s advice – While you may value the opinions of those you work with, do not constantly seek their advice on whether you should go with yellow or gold accents. Some people may be interested in helping you plan your wedding, but Jim from accounting probably isn’t. Make sure that you don’t dominate conversations with your wedding plans, no matter how tempting it might be. They are all excited for you, but if it is all they hear about, they’ll get bored.
With these do’s and don’ts in mind, you will be able to plan the wedding of your dreams even with your busy schedule. If you work hard, you will get to play hard!