Soon-to-be brides use work time to plan big day

Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:05pm EDT
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By Daniel Lippman

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Planning a wedding can be time consuming but many soon-to-be brides are using company time to arrange their big day, according to a new poll.

Almost nine out of 10 women who took part in the survey confessed to using some company time to make wedding plans, but only a third believed that their work was negatively affected by it.

"Everybody loves a wedding and so as long as people aren't overwhelmingly distracted, people are willing to put up with a little bit of a small hit to productivity for love," said Carley Roney, editor-in-chief of, a wedding planning website.

The survey of 1,000 women by, and also showed that women spend about 10 hours a week planning their wedding and nearly 30 percent of it is done at work.

Twenty percent of women admitted that more than half of their wedding arrangements were done at work and 41 percent said they did it whenever they could. But only 15 percent said that someone at work had commented about it.

Most women also thought they did more work on the wedding than their partner.

"I bet nine out of 10 brides think they're pulling far more of the wedding planning weight, but in reality they're probably not willing to give up control," said Roney.

And despite the time they spent on planning, 38 percent of the women questioned think being engaged and married has a positive impact on how they are perceived at work.   Continued...

<p>A married woman dressed in a wedding dress poses for a picture during the 3rd "Parade of Brides" in the centre of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin</p>