Bridesmaid duties equate to full-time job

14 Mar 2017

New research has found that being a bridesmaid equates to a full-time job

A new study by fashion retailer, Simply Be, has found that the average bridesmaid spends 43 hours preparing for their friend’s big day.

The research, which assessed the responses of 1,087 UK women who have been bridesmaids, discovered that the duties of a 21st century bridesmaid equates to more hours than a full-time working week. Wedding fairs (13 hours on average), hen parties (11 hours) and dress shopping (eight hours) were found to be the most time-consuming tasks, with dress fittings and hair and make-up trials following close behind.

And the duties continue to the wedding day itself with organising photographs, dressing the venue, seating guests, and preparing the honeymoon suite, occupying the to-do list. Despite this, 74% said they enjoyed the process.

If this was an official job, dedicated bridesmaids could earn up to £326.90 a week - based on the national average earnings of a wedding planner.

Joey Hughes, e-commerce manager at Simply Be, said: “Evidently, being a bridesmaid is a big responsibility and requires a lot more time and effort than many probably anticipate. However, these duties are all part of the honour and fun of being a bridesmaid and most revel in the responsibility."

The survey was released as Simply Be launches its new bridal range, with bride and bridesmaid dresses available in sizes 10-32. Prices start from £59. Visit www.simplybe.co.uk for more information.

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