Revealed: the wedding duty that is equivalent to a full time job

16 May 2017

Taking on the role of a best man takes up the equivalent amount of time as one week in a full time job, new research has revealed 

New research from men’s fashion retailer Jacamo has revealed that being a best man is equivalent to a full time job for Brits, with the average man spending on average 38 hours preparing for the big day. Based on the national average wage of a professional wedding planner, this would equate to £303.57.

The research is made up of responses from a survey of 1,194 men who have previously undertaken the role of best man. According to the results, the most time tasks in the to do list is organising the stag party and planning social activities, which, on average, takes 18 hours. This was followed by attending suit fittings, which takes an average of six hours.

Preparing the best man’s speech takes an average of five hours, whilst providing words of wisdom and reassurance to the groom uses up three hours of the best man’s time. Finally, last-minute organisational jobs, such as ensuring the ushers are in place, take an average of two hours.

Despite the long hours invested in their role, which equate to a week of work in a full time job, 89% of best men said that they enjoyed the important part they played in their friend’s special day, and 81% said that they would do it all over again if they had the opportunity.

Lee McCoy, digital manager at Jacamo said: “It’s clear to see that being a best man is a full-time job in the run up to the big day, however such a huge proportion of men admitted it was fun and it would not deter them from doing it again.

“Whilst preparing the speech was time-consuming and most certainly one that comes with a lot of pressure, it’s great to see that over half of the best men surveyed admitted to feeling happy with the part they played on the day.

“Therefore, soon-to-be-married British men can rest assured that they will more than likely have a number of very willing and able candidates to choose from when selecting their number one sidekick on their wedding day.”

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