The average bridesmaid spends how long wedding planning?!

Being a bridesmaid is so much more than wearing matching dresses

The average bridesmaid spends how long wedding planning?!
Being a bridesmaid is hard than it looks. Image: 27 Dresses/20th Century Fox

Always thought being a bridesmaid was kinda hard work? Well, new research shows that being a bridesmaid pretty much equates to a full-time job!

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.

You read that right – 43 hours – 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 eight hours on average, followed by dress fittings which takes an average of six hours. In fifth place was attending hair and make-up trials, which bridesmaids spend five 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.

But it’s not bad news. Despite the hard work 74% said they enjoyed the process – thanks girls we couldn’t do it without ya!


The survey was released as Simply Be launches its new bridal range, with bride and bridesmaid dresses available in sizes 10-32.

Key bridesmaid tasks: 
1. Attending wedding fairs: 13 hours
2. Planning and booking the hen party: 10 hours
3. Wedding dress shopping: 8 hours
4. Bridesmaid dress fittings: 7 hours
5. Attending hair and make-up trials: 5 hours

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