And they are amazing. Totes amaze, if you will. But not as amazing as YOU. You, our wonderful, beautiful, clever, articulate and opinionated readers. We have a bit of a crush on you, but you knew that already. We are eternally grateful to each and every one of you for taking the time to help us make AOW a better place. And a bigger place, absolutely. But first and foremost, a better place. Better for you ladies and gentlemen and better for us.
So here we go…! (Imagine us jumping up and down squealing with excitement. Or rather, imagine Anna and Aisling jumping and Clare bobbing up and down gently. But we’re all very definitely squealing. Loudly.)
But first….The Graphics!
Before we kick off the feedback, however, we want to talk about the beautiful graphics you see throughout this post. They are a perfect and elegant way to visualise exactly what the survey results show, and do it in a much better way than our wittering text could ever achieve. They are the work of Ben Gilman of Rarebright Design, husband of the lovely Frankie (remember their Any Other Photo?).
We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to trust who you are working with when you are in an area where you are out of your depth (like we were here). Ben is incredibly talented, kind, patient, and an absolute professional. Neither Frankie and Ben showed one iota of frustration at our increasingly inane emails “er…can you do a picturey thing…showing that thing there?”, replied promptly, worked to extremely tight timescales, and caused us to declare to each other on a number of occasions about how we wanted to BE Frankie and Ben (in love AND talented…not fair!). We would recommend hiring Ben (have a read of his blog) without hesitation.
What did we learn about you, our wonderful readership?
You: The Readers
We know that more than a third of you are based in and around London. Again, unsurprising. Rather fantastically, you stupendous Scots are our second largest demographic-hi! We just need our Welsh contingent (and the International crew and the Yorkshire lot and…and…everyone!)) to spread the word and we’ll build this community into (even more of) a world-wide force.
Your household income and your wedding budget seem to be closely linked. Which is ace, because whilst we won’t ever tell you how much to spend or what to spend your money on, we will always champion NOT getting into debt for your wedding. You lot are a sensible bunch, we love that.
I apologise for being somewhat distracted with regards to this question, but SERIOUSLY. Look at that cake! Ben has turned NUMBERS into CAKE! The man is a genius. It seems the vast majority of you spent/plan to spend between £4,000-15,000 on your weddng, which is below the national average. According to the ever-reliable Internet, In 2009 the average amount spent on a UK wedding was £19,265 (including honeymoon). In 2011 the average UK wedding budget dropped significantly to £15,500.
Interestingly, even though, as you’ll see in the next graphic, over half of you said that that posts on babies were some of your favourite, and over a third of you wanted MORE posts on babies, very very few of you actually have children yourselves. We’re guessing that some of you are going through the same dilemmas and challenges that we’ve all faced though; are we ready for children? Do we want children? What happens if I can’t have children? Holy crap do I really have to push this baby out of my uterus? So we will be continuing to post about our own journeys, as well as hoping to hear from some of you on your feelings on the whole baby thing.
We knew you were a bunch of smart cookies and clever clogs and know-it-alls (and we mean that as affectionately as humanly possible). We love that so many of you, whether in formal education or otherwise, are chasing your dreams and working your socks off. That’s an ethos we like here at AOW.
What else did you tell us?
You blew us away with your feedback – so much so that we put this AMAZING post together and then our eyes fell out of our heads it was so long! You have provided amazing insights into our community, the functionality of our site, frequency of our posts and so.much.more. Come back at 1pm to find out what you asked for and what we hope to be able to deliver… it’s well worth the wait, we promise!