Post # 1
I am conducting a survey and would like some feedback from all of the budget conscious brides. If there was such a class like a bootcamp for brides and grooms to learn the basics but very important things about planning their wedding successfully would you be interested in taking this class if it fit in your budget.
what things would you like to learn about ?
what would be an ideal cost?
how long should the class be?
and please add anything else you believe a bride would love to ask a planner?
I appreciate your honesty and feed back. Thanks and happy planning!
Post # 3
Honestly, I would not be interested in taking the class. As a budget bride, I didn’t spend extra money on things that didn’t directly go into my wedding day. There is so much information available for free online that I wouldn’t see the need to attend a class. Also, with wedding planning on top of a busy schedule, I wouldn’t want to add one more thing to my plate. I would rather get my info from friends & online as my schedule allows.
Post # 4
@PumpkinSpiceChai: I agree. I would have no interest in taking a class especially since all of the information can be found online.
Post # 5
Honestly I am with PumpkinSpiceChai. As a budget conscious bride I wouldn’t pay for something to tell me how to save money I would do all the research myself.
Post # 6
Yeah, this might be more of a marketing tool than a service offered for purchase–e.g. you offer the class for free and hope that brides who attend will end up booking your planning service. Of course, budget conscious brides are also less likely to spend money on planners, so I don’t know how well that marketing strategy would work.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t be interested in taking a class.
There is enough info online and lots of forums to discuss with/get feedback from other brides. And access to all that is free and from the comfort of my own home.
Post # 7
People might be interested… me not so much, I cant sit still for 5 minutes… I dont know what an ideal budget would be for your area… and Im not really sure if there is an ideal budget for any area… Does it ever really make sense to spend thousands of dollars on one day??? I mean dont get me wrong I could definitely justify it and have but its hard to say… You may want to look at it like “how to stay within your budget” addressing areas that bees have so often discussed here like areas of weddings that no one remembers, where to cut, what vendor options in your area are less expensive set, cool DIY projects… Im not sure what an good cost would be because like pp most information is available online or free from wedding expose, this site, and many others. Id rather spend my 5 minutes of attention online googling than sit in a class that I had to pay for…. Good luck though
Post # 8
Honestly, as a bride on a budget, I don’t think I’d want to pay to take a class on budgeting. You can get a lot of free advice from websites and forums just like this one, without having to try to fit a class into your schedule, not to mention your budget!
Post # 9
I agree with everyone else: as someone on a budget, I would not pay to take a class, even if advertising for it claimed it would save me more money than the class was worth. I would especially be leery of a class offered by a planner because I would assume that the planner was using the class to sell me her services.
Post # 10
I agree. I wouldn’t have paid to take a class. I was budget concious and had a lot of DIY projects. Most of the stuff I found was from the bee, other websites, and suggestions from friends and family. A class on how to plan a budget friendly wedding just doesn’t make sense if it’s something you pay for. Plus, most brides are already strapped for time with work, school, and family on top of planning a wedding.
Post # 11
I agree with all the previous posters. It’s extremely easy to find ways to keep a wedding within one’s budget. There are so many online resources these days!
Post # 12
Well thanks for all the feedback ! I agree there is a lot of free information online which is a good and a bad thing. I feel at times there is too much information online and not enough resources to explain properly how it can be used effectively to make your wedding a success. So in essence you have all the tools but only using them to a fraction of their potential( in my opinion) As far as the comment about a marketing ploy…. I used to plan weddings( full service) but have realized that many brides were like me . Meaning wanted to plan every aspect of their own wedding and to me that is OK :). So my services are only DOC because I really believe that that service is invaluable and a necessity. Please keep the posts coming I like the feed back. Thanks
Post # 13
I believe there is a market for your service, but you may be approaching the wrong demographic. Brides that frequent online sites such as Weddingbee may be more savvy in general towards research, budgeting and DIY-type endeavors. In this population you may find women who are WILLING to put the effort in to achieving their desired wedding design for less. I think your target demographic is brides who are NOT WILLING to put the effort in or may not be internet savvy enough to conduct proper research on the topic. With that said, you may want to approach brides offline and or in a non-wedding related entity (facebook). The tricky part is finding them.
Of course it makes logistical sense for you to post on weddingbee as you have an accessible bridal collective here, but if these bees have already found this nest then they have no need for your seminar. I would consider creating a group on facebook and recruiting individuals via word-of-mouth or forward-posting for a possible pilot/ test group. If you can get some local brides (or even women who hope to be engaged some day), to experience a test seminar and then answer a survey post presentation you will obtain valuable results and information.
Also, try asking bridal shops or real-world bride hangouts if you can post a recruitment flier.
Good luck and don’t give up!
Post # 14
You know, despite information being at our fingertips via the Internet, there are things that brides and grooms may not even be aware they should look for when planning a wedding. I think the idea of a class/bootcamp (something no long than a couple of hours) could be beneficial for some. There are so many little things to a wedding that one may not think of. A class like this can be especially good for those brides, for lack of a better term, aren’t the types that have been planning their wedding since they were a little girl.
Post # 15
@HolyMatrimonyBatman: is totally right. This demographic is very “search engine savvy”, after all, we did find wedding bee!