By the time your wedding is over, the honeymoon might be the only thing on your mind. A week of peace, quiet, and relaxation? Sign us up! If you’ve planned the trip of a lifetime to a far-flung destination, it might be occupying any thoughts you’re having that aren’t directly related to your wedding day. A trip of this magnitude requires at least a few days off, so here’s how our experts suggest talking to your boss about taking some personal time.
When you start planning your wedding, look at your calendar and budget your vacation days as best as possible. If you can avoid taking any other days off before you say “I do,” you’ll have a lot more to work with (and the chance to take a longer honeymoon!).
If you’re getting away during a busy time of year, talk to your boss about the honeymoon dates you’re considering before you book your flight. Try to get the go-ahead to add a vacation to your calendar before you’ve made any pricey purchases. Your boss should also be able to let you know if there are major projects or events you need to be aware of as you’re considering dates. Once you’ve gotten approval, put in a formal vacation request and book those tickets!
If you’re using vacation days for things like your bridal shower or bachelorette party, or have other travel plans between now and your wedding day, talk to your boss about taking a combination of paid days off and time without pay. Ask about how much would be docked from your salary for taking extra unpaid vacation days, and consider whether it’s worth it to get paid a little bit less, or if you’d rather take a shorter honeymoon now and save up vacation days for a bigger trip later.
While most bosses and managers will be happy to give you your requested days of for such a special occasion, do your best to give them as much advance notice as you can, providing an opportunity to rearrange staffing or schedules if they need to. After all, you’ll be coming back to work once the trip is over, so it’s always good to leave on a high note!