Post # 1
My name is Dane Patterson and I’m a grad school student at the University of Colorado, Denver campus.
I’m looking to get some first-hand experiences from women (past brides or brides-to-be) about the wedding dress purchase decision and the experience you have had with boutiques.
I have a couple simple questions, if you could answer here. I also have need for a couple first-hand interactive interviews (that would be done online, and I would ensure your privacy). If you’re willing to contribute to the latter, please contact me at my e-mail: dpatt (plus “1111”) at gmail.com.
My questions are the following:
Are you between the ages of:
c) 25 and under
Your dress: Are you
a) buying one new
b) Using an heirloom
The open-ended question of importance is:
What does the wedding dress signify to you ?
What experiences with boutiques have you had, if any? Did you shop many, or just a few, and why? What made a boutique good/what made a boutique bad.
Thanks, your contribution is greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
It might be a good idea, for your research purposes, to post your survey on a hosting site (such a survey monkey or psych data) and then post the link. That way you can download the data into a helpful spreadsheet, ready to plug into SPSS, and also post your IRB data for everyone and include your informed consent electronically! Unless you’re actually studying the online response process specifically in a wedding forum, as well.
Post # 4
I second what hedgeknits recommends. I had a friend who had her research thrown out or held up at a later stage because she failed to make the IRB stuff known. We’d hate for that to happen to you. also, a survey monkey or the like would be so much more user-friendly for both you and us.
Dane, in what academic discipline are you doing this project?
Post # 5
I love surveys! Dane, if you put yours on a survey site I will definitely reply. 🙂
Post # 6
Good ideas. Sorry I didn’t go that route. I actually thought this would be easier.
Working on the link!
I’m in the MBA program, and this specifically is for a Consumer Behavior course. It’s a group project in which one of the group members does high-end alterations for a boutique. I have rather enjoyed learning about the subject since it’s such a mysterious world for a man (even though I’m recently married).
Thanks for your helpful guidance. Please take a moment on the survey!
Post # 7
uh oh, the link doesn’t work.
Post # 8
Yeah, working on the link. You guys are quick!
Post # 9
Link (above) should be working now.
Here it is again:
Post # 10
done! good luck, dane! i work in an MBA program so i can sympathize with your plight. 🙂
Post # 11
I did your survey and I think that question #5 needs to have a third option. Many people are funding their weddings but also having help from family. So just a mixture of both options I think would be good.
Post # 12
Just took it! Good luck Dane 🙂
Post # 13
I’m in category B of the age groups, and haven’t shopped yet… for myself… but have boutique knowledge from other formal occasions in addition to shopping with friends for their gowns. An heirloom gown is not an option for me, because I outgrew my mom’s gown in middle school. My maternal grandmother was a war bride, and my paternal grandmother’s gown was long ago worn out… She is very petite and I am tall. So the other choices are buy one at a shop or have one designed specifically for me, and both are options.
In my experience, a good boutique knows their product line, and can talk to you about your options. They aren’t in such a hurry to sell their gowns or pushy. If they are a small town boutique, they should be able to take a walk in client, so if they know they’ll be having a group of brides coming in for fittings, they should still be prepared for a walk in. The Wal-mart mentality doesn’t impress me. There is one bridal discount chain that I have experienced as a bridesmaid that I would never choose to use. They pushed the bride into a purchase the first day…saying it’s on discount… meanwhile the discount is like a Michael’s coupon… you can find a sale every other week… if you are knowledgeable.
I’m not impressed by small shops that have random gowns of unknown origin. I have helped friends shop in locations that make me wonder where the gowns because it is obvious that they don’t deal with designers or bridal lines… I’ve seen excellent shops that know that a happy bride is their bread and butter.
My mom has shared with me about her experience with her gown. The bridal shop sent an attendant to help her dress, and made sure that her bridesmaids gowns were properly hemmed. (Her bridesmaids lived elsewhere and so they hemmed the gowns and then were told them to return them to the shop to make sure that they were pressed and made ready. ) One girl had hand hemmed hers and they fixed it without charge… This wasn’t a couture shop in New York, but a small shop in a mid sized city… This is a major contrast to the discount bridal shop that didn’t order a bridesmaid’s gown to fit correctly after directly measuring the girl being fitted, and instead of fixing the gown for free… wanted to charge more than the cost of said gown to make it work… (not look right… just alter it so that it went around your body…) This happened to two different bridesmaids ordering gowns after having the discount bridal mart shop measure and fit the women involved and at two different locations …
I think a good bridal shop is all about good service!
Post # 15
Great survey. I hope other members of the hive will fill this out to help your research!
Post # 16
I filled it out for you 🙂