How being a bridesmaid is a full-time job
New research suggests that, based on the number of hours required to fulfil 21st century bridesmaid duties, being a bridesmaid equates to a full-time job! With a busy timetable and stressed out maids across the country, it’s vital that their dress search is made easy
Fashion retailer Simply Be surveyed 1,087 UK women who have been bridesmaids, and found that the average bridesmaid now spends 43 hours on wedding duties, which is more than a full-time working week. 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.
And the duties don’t 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.
Evidently being a bridesmaid is a big responsibility, but luckily 74% said they enjoyed the process. However, with as many as 43 hours spent preparing for their friend’s big day it’s so important that bridal boutiques make dress fittings as simple as possible.
These girls go the extra mile for their friend’s big day, so it goes without saying that bridal boutiques should, too. Boutique owners will know how important it is to have highly-trained, friendly sales staff who know their stock inside-out. Not only is this professional and, of course, beneficial to sales, this will make the process enjoyable and straight-forward for customers. And with a multitude of styles available to suit every bride and her girls, at least finding the dress can be easy, as well as fun, for these hardworking maids!