SURVEY SAYS …

“What are you working on?” It’s a question I hear fairly often these days.

In Tell Me Your Story I shared my fascination with finding out whether or not people believe they can find the perfect wedding outfit. Although wedding outfit research and history is available, there doesn’t seem to be much out there that gets to the heart of my question. So …

I decided to do a bit of my own research by posting my Wedding Outfit Survey. If you ever chose a wedding outfit for your own ceremony, I’d be appreciative if you would complete it. It only takes five minutes.

Thanks to some great friends who shared the survey link via word of mouth and their social media accounts, 150 people have completed the survey. That’s a great start, and I’m hoping people will continue to respond.

(Foster, 2020)

Statistics So Far

Here are a few of the survey statistics so far:

  • 80% of the respondents are married
  • 54% had a religious-based wedding ceremony
  • 65% chose their wedding outfit in one month or less
  • 34% of the respondents are in the 30 to 39 year old age range
  • almost 69% believe a bride/groom finds their “perfect” or “dream” wedding outfit
  • 81% still have their wedding outfit

Interesting fact: Most people store theirs in a basement or attic, which is not recommended. And don’t use plastic to protect it (unless it’s acid-free). A clean linen sheet is preferable.

If you’re interested, you can check out the article on How to Store Your Wedding Dress After the Wedding for more information.

The statistics are interesting but definitely skewed in the relationship status category (married respondents totalled 80%). Where are my divorced people?

Wedding Outfit Survey Results as of May 31, 2020

Hey, I’m in that category. I know you’re out there, so let me hear your voice! It’s always fun to find out whether or not we divorced folk still have our outfit.

98% of the responses are from North America, but we also have responses from Pakistan and Romania. I’d love to have more people from outside the U.S., so if you know anyone please share my story with them!


The Podcast

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The survey also serves as a starting point for those who are interested in being interviewed on my upcoming podcast. Beautiful You is the working title but it may change in the near future.

So far I have twenty potential interviewees, and I’m thrilled. Here’s how the process works.

  • Survey respondents indicate their interest in being interviewed, along with their preferred method of contact (email or telephone).
  • A ZOOM session is scheduled to allow the interviewee and I to get to know each other. It also helps me structure the interview questions that will help the respondent tell their story in the best way possible, making sure they are comfortable, of course.
  • If the respondent agrees to do the interview an additional ZOOM session is scheduled.
  • The interview itself usually takes under an hour, and so far they’ve been great.
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The overall process is very informal, and the sessions we’ve recorded to date have been informative, revealing, and a lot of fun. In my experience, almost everyone has an interesting story that somehow relates to choosing their wedding outfit.


What’s Next?

In my next post I’ll share my experiences using a new online software application called Notion. And yes, like the caption below the cartoon says, these days I do spend most of my days in front of a computer.

Notion is an enhanced online workspace that includes powerful tools for notes, tasks, wikis, and databases. The robust structure allows for great flexibility in creating and organizing content, work items, or database components. It works with browsers, as a desktop app, and on mobile devices with native apps. The built-in collaboration tools allow for easy work and information sharing. The comprehensive set of features in one tool can replace several disconnected apps for a more streamlined workflow, better overview, and increased productivity” (Santos, 2020).

It’s important to use a project manager tool to track the myriad tasks involved in creating a podcast, and I’m hoping Notion will help me accomplish my goals.

So far I’m liking it. It’s powerful and easy to use; a nice combination. You can also check out Francesco D’Alessio’s article How Notion Compares to Other Popular Tools for more information.

Don’t forget to drop me a line if you want to share your wedding outfit story or give me your feedback on the blog. In the meantime, stay safe.

until nxt time …

References

D’Alessio, F. (2020, February 20). How Notion Compares to Other Popular Tools. Keep Productive. https://www.keepproductive.com/blog/notion-comparison

Foster, H. (2020, May 22). Wedding Outfit Survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GEm8OVZTgPsYNfsSNP0a_KFdsI2nI4mGviHyrSV7bwI/edit

How to Store Your Wedding Dress After the Wedding. (2019, February 11). Simply Self Storage. https://www.simplyss.com/blog/how-to-store-your-wedding-dress-after-the-wedding/

Pros and cons of using Notion Software. (2019, November 27). Project-Management.Com. https://project-management.com/pros-and-cons-of-using-notion-software/

Santos, J. M. D. (2020, January 12). Notion Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing. Project-Management.Com. https://project-management.com/notion-software-review/

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