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Wedding planning more stressful than the day job


Research reveals top stresses of planning a wedding, as over 400,000 people vote to help Adam and Jane prepare for their big day

Nearly four in ten people (38%) think planning a wedding is more stressful than their day job, according to research from BT. Over a quarter (27%) think it is more stressful than moving house, and 20% think it’s more stressful than exams for higher education or professional qualifications. 11% even think wedding planning is more stressful than having a baby, while 9% label it the most stressful thing a person can do. Only 8% of people think that there is nothing stressful about planning a wedding.

The research reveals that the biggest worry for both men and women was found to be finalising the guest list and working out a seating plan for the wedding breakfast, with 50% of people saying they find these tasks stressful. Women tend to be more concerned about losing weight for the big day (26%) than they do about committing the rest of their life to someone (19%). Whereas 23% of men are more concerned about committing to someone, with only 17% worried about shedding the pounds.

Soon to be married couples are generally trusting of their close friends, with only 10% of those asked, finding going on the hen and stag worrying. 10% of men surveyed admitted that they thought that listening to the best man’s speech would be an ordeal.

The research is released as BT reveals that over four hundred thousand votes have already helped plan the upcoming wedding of BT’s Adam and Jane. The latest advert showed Jane go into labour early, meaning the couple don’t have time to plan their big day. The nation has answered BT’s call to step in and help the couple choose the wedding car, dress and first dance song. There is just one final week to vote, before filming starts.

To say thank you to fans of the long running advert ‘soap’, BT will select two lucky voters to be extras when filming starts in early April. They will be invited on set to be ‘guests’ at the wedding, and will feature as part of the final advert.

This is the last week in which you can vote on

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Notes to editors:
• The research was conducted by on behalf of BT between 11.03.11 – 14.03.11 with 2,000 respondents.
• The BT Adam and Jane wedding advert will be filmed in early April and shown later in the month
• Members of the public can vote on what the wedding will look like by visiting


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