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Survey Results, Part I


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Survey Results, Part I | A Practical WeddingYou guys asked for survey results, so you are getting survey results! Because the internet is home to the most talented and most generous women on the planet, you happen to be getting stylish survey results. Amazing Jamie* offered to make them beautiful, because as an architect and a designer, she loves graphs (who else loves graphs like this?) So thanks Jamie. Big thanks.

A quick recap: I posted a survey last week, and within TWELVE HOURS, a THOUSAND of you responded. What? That’s a crazy amount of responses. Then, y’all were like, “Data, data, data, we love statistics.” So. Since I love them too, lets get started.Survey Results, Part I | A Practical WeddingYou’re women. 99.5% women to be exact, with 0.3% of you being male, and 0.2% of you being gender queer. One of my friends said something like, “You have as many gender queer readers as men? Really? That’s awesome.” And I think so too. That said, this leads to a bit of a conundrum. Lots of you said that you wanted more content from men, and I heartily agree. That said, I learned a long time ago that what works for this blog is content submitted by members of the community… and we don’t have very many men. So, that’s tough. But I’m putting an official call out, if maybe, your partner reads this blog over your shoulder and has something to say… he should submit it. That, and I’m open to ideas and discussion.Survey Results, Part I | A Practical WeddingThe average age for brides in the states is 25 years old. I’m not terribly surprised that this blog skews older than that – 60% of you are 25-30 (like me this month), and 20% of you are 30-40 (like me next month). Since the wedding industry always seems like it’s aimed at not-to-bright 16 year-olds, it’s nice that there is a place for… the rest of us.Survey Results, Part I | A Practical WeddingAnd speaking of bright… y’all are well educated. The other week when I posted about the 40% of Team Practical in grad school, you guys thought I was joking. Not joking. It turns out that 30% of you have graduate degrees, while another 20% of you are in graduate school. That’s 50%, and the term for that is, I think, “crazy.”Survey Results, Part I | A Practical WeddingFascinatingly, only 55% of you are currently engaged. 15% of you are pre-engaged (so to speak), 20% of you are newlyweds, and 6% of you just like it around here (awwww).Survey Results, Part I | A Practical WeddingAnd finally, budgets. Though most of you fall in the $6,000 – $20,000 range (and even that is a big range) I’m actually really happy that this site is able to serve readers with a huge variety of budgets. Because really, grounded common sense does not have a particular price tag. When I started this site, I wanted a place where I didn’t feel judged for my budget (the words “Budget Wedding” engraged me) and it looks like that has happened here, and that makes me happy.

Next week…. content, content, content. What you guys want is fascinating to me, and in some ways, delightfully surprising. I can’t wait to talk more about it.

* Sometimes she does custom wedding invites too….

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07749788236532750656 Katharine Anne

    your sane and practical view of weddings and marriage is applicable to those on any kind of budget! i'm definitely reeling at how expensive our wedding has become and APW is on the top of my list of reads. in fact, i've dubbed you the "must read" for all of my newly engaged friends. just in case they get a little "lost" along the way ;)

    thanks meg!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11575834126606152875 miss fancy pants (the bride)

    I looooove those graphs. And the statistics are pretty amazing too. I mean, I knew you were awesome, but a thousand people is surprising… that's a whole lotta people. Thanks for sharing the results with us, it's really neat.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06380426798347381140 Kayla

    The prettiest and classiest charts I've ever seen! Thanks.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04281621170102704781 very married

    this is SO cool!! makes me want to make graphs about the things in my life.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04969442660664176005 KWu

    If my senior thesis in college had been able to include such pretty graphs, I might've actually been more interested in pursuing a research career. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16937115144838820243 Kristy D

    I wonder if the time you posted the survey could have led to an even higher number of current students taking the survey? I know a lot of us working stiffs don't check in on blogs and whatnot until the end of the day or after work. Though obviously sometimes I check first thing in the morning… Priorities!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00174894872050076618 Marie-Ève

    Fascinating… And thanks for the heads-up! Love these charts too.

  • http://whatadisaster.livejournal.com/ whatadisaster

    i'm so glad to see that many people responded! congrats on having so many readers. :)

    those graphs are AWESOME! i'm such a visual person and graphs always help me. and what's this, jamie lives in san diego?!?! maybe i should have her do my invites! ;) i just love the simplicity of her visuals.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11103303984600304500 Emily Sterne Photography

    gorgeous graphs!!
    : D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15028409949421243509 K. Guenther

    These charts are AMAZING. How does one get pretty graphs like that?! Love the stats, too. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15103047512463828864 jamie

    oops…. let's try that again;

    the part about the education! damn! it makes me want to run out and get my graduate degree. seriously.

    thanks for inspiring creativity, meg. ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09526722516550185150 Meg

    @Kristy
    No. That really is the level of readers with graduate degrees/ in grad school. Trust me. I've been writing this blog a long time.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15899239356088557995 Amanda

    Ooh! Ooh! The marital status graph is my fave. Go Jamie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06008386302876377978 Lyssachelle

    If the people who do your graphs are this awesome, I can't WAIT to see the new site…

    And yeah for the male and gender queer readers!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08169407356570837365 D-Day

    seriously. coolest. graphs and charts. ever. it never even Occurred to me that you could pretty up data like that. amazing!!

    it's so cool to see the breakdown of the survey responses. I'm surrounded by people just like me! aahh!! awesome. and I'm with Jamie on wanting to go get started on my graduate degree after seeing those results. step 1: narrow down interests.

  • conmigo

    See? Us smart women folk do exist. And we can like flowers and pretty things, while also kicking ass. Good to remember when TV and magazines can make us feel so isolated sometimes.

    Meg for President!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16701202722116263906 Chelsea

    Meg, these results are the ONLY time I've ever felt "average" when it relates to weddings.

    Thanks for your blog! I have been reading since last summer when I got engaged, and it's a daily pleasure.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00811942860512021126 kahlia

    Those are some great graphics and very interesting data! I love statistics, especially when they're put into context (and even more so in fun visuals), so thanks to you both for going through the effort to make it pretty for us!
    I would have loved to have been able to participate in the survey, but I'm "just" another 28-year-old, engaged woman with a graduate degree and a wedding under $10K, so maybe it's not so bad that I missed the cutoff!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01609510675607272782 Suzy

    those graphs are fan-freakin-tastic! I hope jamie shares that talent with lots of businesses and non-profits who write annual reports. They would be much more interesting to clients & donors. Wow.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07623482999314382372 Michelle

    I bet you have a lot more male readers than that. I send my fiance posts that I think apply to us, but he doesn't check the site daily… or more than that, like I do. I'll ask if he'd be interested in writing a wedding undergraduate post.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10452347154853144601 Mark

    I agree. These graphics are considerably awesome. Good job not just using excel pie charts!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16937115144838820243 Kristy D

    That's awesome. I've definitely gotten the impression over the last year I've been reading that a large number of your readers were grad school people, but that number is astounding! woo!

    I agree with Chelsea – I appreciate how you create a space where real brides (or just real people) can feel normal and empowered.

    I've avoided other wedding media lately, but when I glimpse it I'm reminded that the community here is such a save haven. I couldn't be the sane bride I am without your blog and your readers.

    Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00388295799913646592 “T-Bone” Lee

    @nina- i have yet to check out the knot boards….now i'm intrigued….but scared…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06206689296805893265 east side bride

    @Kristy @Meg *I* wonder if the married readers would've skewed higher if you'd left it up longer. I.E. wedding-planning readers check the blog more vigilantly.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00650933140736435170 Giggles

    Those are the prettiest graphs I have ever seen! If more of the research papers I read had graphs like that, I'd probably pay more attention to them. Yea for counting things!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09526722516550185150 Meg

    @esb
    I would think that was true, except the percentages set when 100% people responded literally did not move at all with the next 900… which makes me think it's a pretty good cross section. I would have considered leaving it up longer if the numbers had been moving… at all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06206689296805893265 east side bride

    @Meg sold.

  • Nina

    Wow I LOVE the graphs! I'm practically a statistician in my daily life and I only wish journals would accept pretty graphs like that! Would make them more fun to read for sure.
    And I think it's hilarious that I'm exactly your "average reader" though it was hardly news considering I relate to most everything said here!

    P.S. just delved (briefly) into the Knot blogs – I already knew they were not going to be my thing but I had no idea just how nasty people on there are! they just want to take each other down. I'm so glad I discovered you guys first or I might have been put off completely.

  • Nina

    oops, by Knot blogs I of course meant discussion boards

  • Sarah

    cool! thanks for sharing :)

    p.s. not surprised that most of the people here are well-educated, because most of the comments are generally thoughtful and un-retarded (ala "the knot" forum boards). lol!

  • Cate Subrosa

    Wow, that's interesting that the average age for brides in the states is 25. The average age for first marriages in England and Wales is 31 for men and 29 for women. (So at 24 I was reeeeally young here but just-under-average on your side of the pond.)

    This was cool. It's nice to see the ocean in which my survey was a drop, ha ha.