You 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.You’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.The 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.And 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.”Fascinatingly, 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).And 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….