Organizing a Wedding Has Become Like Taking on a Second Job

Organizing a Wedding Has Become Like Taking on a Second Job

Wedding planning takes time, people!

By Marianne Garvey
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How Much Did Eva Marcille's Wedding Cost at the End of the Day?

On this season of Vanderpump Rules, Brittany Cartwright has shown she is very invested in getting a $300 mashed potato bar (which sounds delicious, by the way), and that's just the engagement party. Wait until she plans her wedding to Jax Taylor. She'll probably have to ask for some shifts off from SUR to get it all done!

Meanwhile, Eva Marcille's very elaborate (and expensive) wedding on this season of RHOA had stressful moments that left her in tears before it all came together on the big day.

Sadly, all that wedding stress is normal these days. Planning a wedding has become so time-consuming that it’s the equivalent of taking on a second full-time job, reports a new survey.

A survey of 2,000 married adults found that two in five thought the process of planning a wedding from start to finish took up as much time as a job.

How is that possible?

The average couple spent nine hours alone on the guest list. Six hours were spent on choosing the right flowers, over 11 hours were spent looking for the perfect dress, and eight hours were spent researching then speaking to caterers for the big day. Nine hours were spent on honeymoon research and decision making. And on and on and on until the hours add up, and it’s all you do in your spare time.

“Pulling all the threads of a wedding together can feel like an impossible task, and it’s no wonder brides- and grooms-to be feel daunted by the prospect,” says a spokesperson for Virgin Holidays, which commissioned the study.

The most daunting task was securing a venue, and after that the study determined that the average modern wedding takes about 528 hours to plan. Hair and makeup were usually the last tasks that were taken care of.

The spokesperson said that Instagram and social media are upping the stakes for the perfect wedding — and people keep going bigger and bigger. In fact, many are hiring help.

"While it’s unsurprising to hear the majority of couples wade in with the arrangements, hiring a third party can be a simple way to keep those doubts and worries in check throughout the process.”

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