Science: Wedding Planning Is Stressful

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Being engaged is supposed to be a happy, celebratory time. But the truth is, after you say “yes” and finish a glass of champagne, it’s time to plan the wedding. And while that sounds like a whole lot of fun to some, it can typically be a stressful, time-consuming task to most. We wanted to know, just how stressful is wedding planning really? So we surveyed 500 engaged and newlywed couples nationwide and found that 96% of them find wedding planning stressful, leaving 4% of these people either lying or superhuman. Here are a few additional insights from our study and a fun infographic posted below:

  • 86% of respondents suffered on average 3+ stress-induced symptoms, including skin breakouts, hair loss, loss of sex drive, insomnia, headaches
  • 47% of couples considered eloping or getting married at city hall
  • 71% of those surveyed said wedding planning was more stressful than major life events, like buying a home, and finding a job
  • On average, couples used 3+ resources to plan their wedding, like spreadsheets, Google Docs, apps, services, binders and more. Now, there’s a better way to plan your wedding with Zola Weddings, a suite of wedding planning tools all in one place… all for free.

FINAL Zola Wedding Stress Infographic (2)

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  1. What a great blog! You explained the findings from your study so well. Wedding planning is very stressful, especially if a couple is trying to do it by themselves. We have just started a new wedding videography service and this blog helps us to better understand how couples may be feeling. It is one of our top priorities to help alleviate the stress of prenuptial planning. Thanks for such a great and entertaining read!

  2. I was really stressed before my wedding as there were many things to look out for. The post suggested some ways to de-stress myself. Listening to my favorite music helped to remain calm and relaxed amidst the different pressures in workplace and wedding arrangements.

  3. Yes! i agree with you, its a stressful, but if people are happy for your planning and making smile on faces then it’s your success.

  4. Hey great article many thanks for sharing this. I found this to be a extremely helpful and would like to study more about it. I have been trying to find ages trying to find assistance on this however many of the different websites didn’t go in to as a lot element as you. You explained all of it very clearly and helped me to know. Have you ever been writing articles on this for very lengthy, you seem like very knowledgable on the topic.

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