I LOVE my job. (No, seriously, I swear I'm not just saying that because this post is an assignment for my job.) Every single time I describe my work to people, they're outrageously jealous. As they should be. But at the same time, err, as a newly engaged woman, I find it's easy -- from time to time -- to get sucked into, well, activities that could be described as ... wedding planning! *hangs head in shame*
But! Turns out, I'm not alone! A recent survey from TheKnot.com, ForbesWoman.com, and WeddingChannel.com, 90 percent of engaged women are planning their weddings at work. Yes, on company time. I know, sounds so bad! The truth is ... it's not really that unreasonable.
My excuse is that I do certain things -- like compare the prices of silk flowers to fresh or find myself fighting with my mother or mother-in-law-to-be -- for the sake of my writing! (Wink, wink.) Well, it's true. Of course, I'm in the minority. Most of those nine out of ten soon-to-be brides are probably expected to complete tasks that bear no resemblance to e-mailing RFPs to catering managers. But with most wedding vendors available Monday through Friday 9 to 5, what's an engaged gal to do?!
The way I see it, planning a wedding is just as important as any other big life event -- from having a baby to buying a house. There's a lot of prep involved, and sometimes, unfortunately, it can bleed into other aspects of your life. Judging from this survey's findings, most of us can't avoid it no matter how hard we try. Eventually, you're gonna have to respond to some in-law's incessant e-mails about who is invited to the rehearsal dinner. Or call that photographer back smack dab in the middle of your work day.
The bottom-line: You gotta prioritize and juggle your work responsibilities with wedding planning well enough to strike the right balance. That way, planning never gets so out of control that you're at risk of being handed a pink slip. After all, no Big Day is worth that!
Have you ever planned your wedding while at work? Do you agree it's a necessary evil?