Study Says More Than 70% Of Women Plan Their Wedding At Work
5:30 pm, February 15th | by Meredith Lepore
Good news: your female employees are not spending all day poking around on Facebook. Bad news: They are using the work hours to plan their weddings. According to the David’s Bridal’s “What’s On Brides’ Minds” survey of newly engaged or newlywed women, 77% admit to using work hours to plan their big day, from scoping out venues and dresses to calling vendors. With more than 200,000 couples getting engaged on Valentine’s Day, employers may want to pay attention to this.
Okay so this isn’t great to hear but planning a wedding is a big job (depending on how big you make it) and with many wedding vendors open only during regular business hours, some transactions and conversations must be made between 8 AM and 5 PM. According to a survey by TheKnot.com, WeddingChannel.com and ForbesWoman.com, women spend about 10 hours a week planning their wedding, and nearly 30% of it is done at work. The survey also found that 20% of women admitted that more than half of their wedding arrangements were done at work and 41% said they did it whenever they could. But only 15% said that someone at work had commented about it. Grain of salt: the women responding to surveys from David’s Bridal and TheKnot might be, possibly, a little bit more wedding-obsessed than average.
But getting caught in the act of booking the caterer or picking out bridesmaid dresses doesn’t necessarily hurt your career. According to TheKnot survey, some bosses are fine with a little wedding planning between work calls. According to the survey 43% of respondents say managers were supportive and understanding of their wedding planning and were willing to overlook a bride-to-be’s temporary distraction during the months leading up to her wedding .This could be because some employers look at getting married as a sign of becoming a real grownup and therefore getting serious about their careers.