BEING a bridesmaid equates to a full-time job, based on the number of hours that are required to fulfil 21st century bridesmaid duties, according to new research.
A survey of 1,087 UK women who have been bridesmaids by fashion retailer Simply Be, revealed that the average bridesmaid now spends 43 hours on wedding duties, which is more than a full-time working week.
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.
Attending wedding fairs is the most time-consuming task, taking an average of 13 hours (including travel); followed by organising the hen party, which takes 11 hours on average.
Accompanying the bride in the search for their perfect wedding dress was the task that bridesmaids spend the third most amount of time on, spending 8 hours on average, followed by dress fittings which takes an average of 6 hours. In fifth place was attending hair and make-up trials, which bridesmaids spend 5 hours on.
However, the duties don’t just stop there, an attentive bridesmaid will continue ‘working’ throughout the wedding day itself, carrying out tasks such as organising photographs, dressing the venue, seating guests at their table and preparing the honeymoon suite for the happy couple. Despite this, 74% said they enjoyed the process.
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 for a sequin detail bridesmaid dress.
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. Whilst some of the tasks like organising the hen party can be stressful, this tradition is here to stay and will no doubt become even more demanding as many brides now opt for hen parties abroad, multiple dresses and outfit changes and additional engagement parties.
“Thankfully, most of us are prepared to go the extra mile to ensure our friends and loved ones have the perfect wedding day.”
The Tasks Bridesmaids Carry Out in Preparation for a Wedding:
Attending wedding fairs: 13 hours
Planning and booking the hen party: 10 hours
Wedding dress shopping: 8 hours
Bridesmaid dress fittings: 7 hours
Attending hair and make-up trials: 5 hours