Working & Wedding: Planning your Perfect Wedding And Keeping Your Career

It finally happened.  After navigating the dating playing field for years, you have finally found that one guy for you – and now you have a rock to prove it.  That dream wedding board you have been subtly creating on Pinterest is finally going to come in handy. All you want to do is begin to plan every aspect of your big day, but then you realize, you’re at work with a million other things you need to get done. When are you ever going to be able to plan this wedding? Let this four week series help guide you down the aisle and not to the unemployment line.

First things first. You are not alone.  According to a survey by Forbes.com, theknot.com and weddingchannel.com, 89% of brides admitted to planning their weddings on company time.  Planning a wedding can be a full time job: the survey also revealed that most women spent about 10 hours a week planning their weddings. That is a whole lot of planning! But despite this busy workload, only 1 out of 3 women felt that their work suffered as a result. In fact, the knot.com hits its peak traffic for the day between 9 a.m. and noon.  If you are expected to sit behind a desk all day, it is pretty tempting to just check in and see what is going on with your wedding details.

Don’t let your work slip. Many companies are becoming more understanding about the wedding planning process. That said, some might still have a big problem with you doing anything other than work on company time. However, most companies have progressed beyond this philosophy.  While well done, punctual work is still expected, they may be more lax about other things you do if you can still perform your job.  Not only that, but many vendors keep that same hours of a typical work week so your only options really are to contact them while at work.

Being engaged is no longer a hindrance in the job. In the past, once a woman was engaged she often happily settled into the life of a housewife soon after the wedding, leaving her employer high and dry. Since women are more committed to their careers today, their employers are more committed to making sure they are happy. Some people might advice not wearing an engagement ring to a job interview, but today an engagement can show a lot more positive qualities than negative ones.

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