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ForbesWoman, The Knot & WeddingChannel.com: The Work & Wedding Survey

1. How did you get to this survey?
Base: Total Respondents

The Knot (website, Facebook page, Twitter, etc.)
WeddingChannel (website, Facebook page, Twitter, etc.)
ForbesWoman (website, Facebook page, Twitter, etc.)
Other
77%
6%
12%
6%

2. Do you think wearing an engagement ring could have an impact on a job interview?
Base: Total Respondents

Yes, positive
Yes, negative
No impact whatsoever
29%
21%
50%

3. Which of the following best describes you?
Base: Total Respondents

Single, not engaged
Engaged, but haven't started planning my wedding yet
Engaged, and already started planning my wedding
Married
9%
6%
74%
11%

4. What is/was your employment status during your engagement?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning

Employed part time
Employed full-time
Not employed
14%
79%
8%

5. On average, how many hours a week do you/did you spend planning your wedding? Please include time spent at home, at work and anywhere else where you may have spent time planning your wedding.
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

1 hour
2 hours
3 hours
4 hours
5 hours
6 hours
7 hours
8 hours
9 hours
10 hours
11 hours
12 hours
13 hours
14 hours
15 hours
16 hours
17 hours
18 hours
19 hours
20 hours
More than 20 hours

Mean
1%
5%
8%
7%
9%
6%
4%
9%
1%
19%
0%
4%
0%
3%
10%
1%
0%
0%
0%
6%
7%

9.8 Hours

6. On average, what percentage of this weekly wedding planning is/was done at work?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

None
Less than 10%
11% to 20%
21% to 30%
31% to 40%
41% to 50%
51% to 60%
61% to 70%
71% to 80%
81% to 90%
91% to 100%

Mean
Mean (in hours)
11%
27%
12%
13%
9%
8%
6%
5%
5%
3%
1%

27%
2.6 hours

7. Typically, when are/were you most likely to plan your wedding while AT WORK?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

First thing in the morning
Around lunch time
Near the end of the work day
After hours
Pretty much whenever I can/could
7%
35%
11%
6%
41%

8. Would you say that your fiancé devotes more or less time at work to wedding planning than you do?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

More time
The same
Less time
2%
8%
90%

9. Which of the following company resources do/did you use during your wedding planning? Please select all that apply.
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

Phone
Blackberry/Other Smartphone
Computer -- Internet Access
Computer – Email and/or IM
Computer – Other (not including Internet access, email or IM)
Fax machine
Scanner
Copy machine
None – I don’t/didn’t use company resources for my wedding planning
Other (please specify)
13%
6%
30%
19%
5%
6%
5%
10%
5%
2%

10. Do you think your wedding is negatively affecting/has negatively affected your performance and/or your ability to focus at work?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

Yes, significantly
Yes, somewhat
No, not really
3%
28%
69%

11. Has/Did anyone at work notice and/or comment on it?
Base: Wedding planning significantly/somewhat negatively affected performance

Yes
No
15%
85%

12. With which of the following co-workers do/did you discuss your wedding? Please select all that apply.
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

Colleagues I consider friends
Colleagues I work with on a regular basis
Colleagues I don’t know well/don’t work with regularly
I don't/didn't discuss my wedding with any of my colleagues
55%
34%
3%
7%

13. How often do you discuss your wedding with coworkers?
Base: Discuss their wedding with coworkers

Every day
Several times a week
Once a week
Several times a month
Once a month
Less than once a month
8%
35%
29%
17%
7%
4%


14. Please tell us how much you AGREE or DISAGREE with the following statements about “talking wedding” with your CO-WORKERS.

Completely Agree Somewhat Agree Completely/ Somewhat Agree
A lot of my coworkers seem to get annoyed when I talk about my wedding 0% 5% 5%
My coworkers seem genuinely interested in my wedding and don’t seem to mind hearing me talk about it 45% 46% 91%
My married/engaged coworkers seem to be more supportive and enthusiastic about hearing about my wedding compared to my single coworkers 22% 32% 54%
My single coworkers in committed relationships seem to be jealous 3% 12% 15%


15. Please tell us how much you AGREE or DISAGREE with the following statements about “talking wedding” with your BOSS.
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

Completely Agree Somewhat Agree Completely/ Somewhat Agree
My boss doesn’t seem to care about my wedding plans 14% 21% 35%
My boss has been very supportive about my wedding 43% 36% 79%
My boss has been flexible with my schedule so I can plan my wedding 28% 27% 56%
If my boss saw me doing anything wedding related at work, I’d be fired 3% 6% 9%
I don’t think my boss even knows I’m engaged 5% 4% 9%

16. Did you invite/do you plan on inviting coworkers to your wedding?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

Yes, but only those I consider friends and/or socialize with outside of work
Yes, but only those that I work closely with
Yes, but I’m being political -- just my boss and those I want to impress
Yes, all/most of them
No, I’m not inviting any colleagues
44%
19%
2%
12%
23%

17. Please think about your work behavior prior to getting engaged. Are you working/did you work more or less hours during your engagement?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

More hours
Same hours
Fewer hours
16%
76%
8%


19. We'd like to understand a bit more about how you feel getting married will shift or has shifted your work/life priorities.
Please rate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements.

Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

Completely Agree Somewhat Agree Completely/ Somewhat Agree
My work attitude has changed from "live to work" to "work to live" 19% 30% 49%
I am more considerate of my husband's work schedule 23% 38% 62%
I spend more time planning quality time with my spouse 23% 44% 67%
I have cut back on after-work activities with coworkers 12% 25% 37%
I am more competitive at work to meet our mutual financial goals 14% 34% 48%
Marriage hasn't really affected my work-life balance at all 24% 31% 55%

19. Do you think being married will change/has changed the way you are perceived in the workplace?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

Yes, positively
Yes, negatively
No change
38%
5%
57%

20. Do you plan to/did you return to work once you were married?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

Yes
No
Not sure
96%
1%
3%

21. How much time, if any, will/did you take off from work to plan and/or get ready for your wedding?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

I didn’t take any time off to plan or get ready for my wedding
1 day
2 days
3 days
4 days
5 days
More than 5 days

Mean
12%
11%
19%
17%
6%
12%
23%

3.2 Days

22. How much time will/did you take off for your honeymoon? If you aren’t sure yet, please provide us with your best estimate.
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

We didn’t/aren’t taking a honeymoon
Less than 5 days
5 to less than 7 days
7 to less than 10 days
10 to less than 14 days
14 days or more

Mean
8%
9%
30%
28%
15%
10%

7.9 Days

23. Do you have a contingency plan in place if either you or your partner were to lose your job prior to the wedding?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

No, we would go ahead with the wedding as planned
Yes, we would scale back the wedding
Yes, we would postpone the wedding until we were financially stable
68%
27%
5%

24. What will be/was the total cost of your wedding? Please provide us with your best estimate of all expenses related to your wedding event: ceremony, wedding rings, bridal party attire & accessories, reception venue, catering, flowers, music, invitations, favors, transportation, photographer/videographer, rehearsal dinner, morning after brunch, and anything else that contributed to your wedding event. Please DO NOT include your honeymoon or engagement ring.
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

Less than $10,000
$10,000 – $19,999
$20,000 - $29,999
$30,000 - $39,999
$40,000 - $49,999
$50,000 - $59,999
$60,000 - $69,999
$70,000 - $79,999
$80,000 - $89,999
$90,000 - $99,999
$100,000 or more

Mean
28%
28%
20%
10%
5%
4%
2%
1%
1%
0%
1%

$23,629

25. How much will/did you and your partner contribute to the overall cost?
Base: Married or Engaged And Started Wedding Planning AND Employed

0%
1% - 9%
10% - 19%
20% - 29%
30% - 39%
40% - 49%
50% - 59%
60% - 69%
70% - 79%
80% - 89%
90% - 99%
100%

Mean
2%
14%
13%
9%
8%
5%
11%
5%
5%
6%
11%
12%

49%

26. How old are you?
Base: Total Respondents

Under 21
21 - 24
25 - 29
30 – 34
35 - 39
40 - 44
45 - 49
50+
Prefer not to say

Mean
4%
30%
44%
12%
5%
2%
1%
1%
0%

27

27. Where do you live?
Base: Total Respondents

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Canada
U.S. Territory
Other
1.0%
0.2%
1.1%
0.6%
9.1%
1.6%
2.3%
0.4%
0.6%
4.2%
2.5%
0.4%
0.1%
5.0%
1.8%
0.9%
1.0%
1.0%
1.0%
0.4%
2.7%
3.2%
3.3%
2.2%
0.1%
2.2%
0.2%
0.5%
0.7%
0.4%
3.2%
0.0%
7.9%
2.5%
0.4%
3.5%
0.4%
1.1%
3.8%
0.6%
1.0%
0.1%
1.2%
5.1%
0.4%
0.1%
3.6%
2.3%
0.5%
1.0%
0.1%
4.0%
0.1%
5.7%

28. Which of the following income categories best describes your total combined household income before taxes, in 2009? Please provide your best estimate.
Base: Total Respondents

Less than $15,000
$15,000 - $24,999
$25,000 - $34,999
$35,000 - $49,999
$50,000 - $74,999
$75,000 - $99,999
$100,000 - $124,999
$125,000 - $149,999
$150,000 - $199,999
$200,000 - $249,999
$250,000 - $299,999
$300,000 – $349,999
$350,000 – $399,999
$400,000 – $499,999
$500,000 or more
Prefer not to say

Mean
5%
6%
9%
13%
20%
18%
9%
4%
5%
2%
1%
1%
0%
0%
0%
8%

$72,629

29. What is the highest level of education you have completed or the highest degree you have received?
Base: Total Respondents

Post-graduate study with degree
Post-graduate study without degree
Graduated from 4-year college
Graduated from 2-year college
Attended college but did not graduate
Graduated high school or received equivalent degree (GED)
Less than high school graduate
Prefer not to say
21%
10%
40%
8%
14%
5%
0%
2%

30. Which of the following best approximates you current employment level?
Base: Total Respondents

Individual Contributor
Manager Level
Director level
Executive (VP, SVP, etc.)
C-Level Executive (CEO, COO, etc.)
Owner
Prefer not to say
51%
24%
4%
1%
0%
3%
15%