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Average modern wedding takes 528 hours to plan

Katie O'Malley
Wednesday 20 February 2019 13:47 GMT
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A modern wedding takes 528 hours, or 22 full days, to plan, according to a new study.

Research into the behaviours and habits of 2,000 Americans who got married in the past year found that the average engaged American will be in wedding planning mode for 11 months – or 44 weeks – and rack up a staggering 528 hours of planning.

The study also found that a quarter of those surveyed found choosing the perfect wedding venue the most challenging part of organising a wedding.

While the majority of couples admitted to being excited (68 per cent) during the wedding planning process, the average couple surveyed said they had four arguments in the lead up to their big day.

The most common reasons for a disagreement between couples include finding a wedding venue (25 per cent), catering (18 per cent), and agreeing on a guest list (19 per cent).

That said, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of the participants said they didn’t have a single disagreement before their nuptials.

The majority of those surveyed (94 per cent) in the study, conducted by online marketplace Minted, said having their partner help them plan the wedding made the process more enjoyable and almost half (46 per cent) said they wouldn’t change anything about their day.

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Almost a fifth (18 per cent) admitted to feeling stressed about appeasing their in-laws during the planning process and a further 17 per cent of women said they were worried about finding the perfect wedding dress.

Another recent study looking into the stresses of planning a wedding found that brides try on four different wedding dresses on average in the lead up to their wedding.

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While brides are likely to focus on issues affecting the dress, seating arrangements and decor, grooms were found to tackle the venue, catering and honeymoon booking.

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