Six in ten single women have already planned aspects of their wedding – including choosing the dress they will wear and the flowers they’ll carry on the big day, it emerged today.
Millions of women still looking for ‘Mr Right’ have researched elements such as churches, flowers, reception venues, bridesmaids dresses and the car which will take them to the church.
The study revealed nearly two thirds of single females said there are certain aspects of their wedding they have had planned since they were a little girl.
Nearly half of the 600 single women polled have decided which of her friends will be bridesmaids – a decision which is typically made at the tender age of 18.
The astonishing extent to which many women have one eye on their big day even though they are still waiting to find ‘the one’ emerged in research carried out by Interflora.
The survey found that the average single girl starts thinking about elements of her wedding at the tender age of 13 with one in ten even starting to save money for the big day.
Of those, the typical budding bride will have put aside a whopping £968.
And 34 per cent of unspoken-for women regularly while away the hours browsing the web for inspiration on flowers, dresses and elaborate venues.
A spokeswoman for Interflora said: ”This research shows just how important a woman’s wedding day is to them.
”Even those who haven’t yet got a partner have a clear idea of the type of wedding they would like.
”If you have attended the weddings of close friends and family it’s hard not to be inspired and start envisaging how you would like your own big day.”
The poll found that one in twenty girls have gone as far as buying wedding magazines and 17 per cent have taken the liberty of attending a wedding fair.
A dedicated 22 per cent even have a scrap book or folder where they keep ideas and inspiration for their future wedding.
The poll revealed that the average single female starts thinking about her wedding day at around the age of 13, although a quarter said they started thinking about it as young as six.
Despite many unattached girls meticulously planning their big day – not surprisingly 58 per cent said they wouldn’t dream of sharing their thoughts with a new boyfriend.
Although 27 per cent said it may encourage a new suitor to pop the question.
The poll found 13 per cent of women have narrowed down the exact month they would like their nuptials to take place – and 27 per cent have decided on a particular season.
It’s no wonder unattached women are keen to walk up the aisle when 29 per cent said their parents are encouraging them to get hitched soon.
A spokeswoman for Interflora added: ”It is romantic to think that there are so many women out there who can’t wait to fall in love and enjoy a fantastic wedding day.
”We know how much people think about all aspects of their wedding day before deciding on what is right for them.
”Researching and getting ideas is really important for the biggest day of your life.
”And that’s where we can help – as the UK’s leading network of expert florists we can offer inspiration, guidance and support on choosing your wedding flowers – however far in advance you are planning.
“We have a network of over 1,800 local florists, so you can find your nearest Interflora shop, go in and have a chat about what you’re looking for. Our florists can create something totally bespoke to you, and something perfect for your wedding day.”
The poll revealed a sunny day, a knock-out dress, beautiful flowers and a meaningful service were the most important elements of a really good wedding.
PERCENTAGE OF SINGLE WOMEN WHO HAVE DECIDED ON FOLLOWING WEDDING DECISIONS
Selected the type of wedding dress 49 per cent
Thought about the honeymoon destination 32 per cent
Selected bridesmaids 31 per cent
Chosen the flowers 23 per cent
Decided on your hairstyle 20 per cent
Chosen the wedding venue 20 per cent
Thought about the menu choices 17 per cent
Thought about favours 15 per cent
Deciding on the cake 12 per cent
Chosen the church 12 per cent
Thought about the vows 12 per cent
Decided on the hymns 9 per cent
Decided on a exact date 6 per cent