I'm still blogging over at Weddingbee and am about to start sharing wedding photos there. As you may know from a past post, our photographer, Elisa Bricker of Elisa B. Photography, submitted our images to a wedding blog that demands exclusivity. The images were "embargoed" until that blog, Style Me Pretty, did what they wanted with them.
While our wedding day did not go exactly as planned (thanks to the remnants of tropical storm Beryl that come through the area), we has a fantastic evening with our friends and family.
I reintroduced myself on Weddingbee with their traditional "A Bee's Life" post and I thought I'd share it here.
Why I Blogged Our Wedding
been blogging for years, so it seemed natural to blog about wedding
planning. Originally, I vowed to only write about wedding things once
per week on my design blog. That worked for a couple months. Wedding
posts slowly pushed the posts about home improvement projects. I found
myself devouring wedding blogs instead of design blogs pretty quickly.
How I Found Weddingbee
love of blogs and all the beautiful images on them left me dissatisfied
with the first wedding community I found. I was relieved to find the
Weddingbee forum where large images could be posted. Like many brides, I
love beautiful details and felt that the Weddingbee forum allowed those
details to be shared better than any other site.
The Application Process
put a bit of pressure on myself to maintain my blogs and didn't think
I'd want the added responsibility of blogging for Weddingbee. After a
few months of being immersed in the Weddingbee community, I realized
that I would regret not trying to become a bee.
assumed that age and geography were working against me. Another bee blogger, Mrs. Hawk, lives
just an hour away from me and I figured there wasn't a great need for another
blogging bee from the area. I'm also in my mid-30s and Mr. Mink is older
than I am. Since most women seem to get married in their twenties, I
thought I was too old to "fit" in on the blogs. Of course, I quickly
realized that age is my issue, not an issue for Weddingbee.
out the blogger application was something I did fairly quickly. Once I
submitted it, I put the entire idea of blogging for Weddingbee out of
my mind. When Mrs. Penguin's email arrived, I had to read it twice to be
sure it was meant for me. Marc didn't really understand what I was
talking about when I told him I was joining the bee bloggers. He knew I
posted on the site, but didn't know there were blogs on the front page.
Why Mrs. Mink?
some reason, I thought bees were assigned their characters. I hadn't
really thought picking a character before I was accepted as a bee
blogger. I briefly wavered between the mink and the opossum. I thought
the mink was so cute with her little kelly bag, but the opossum would
have been a nod to our favorite band. I think I spend about 30 seconds thinking about it and wound up picking the mink character.
Being a Bee Blogger
so thankful that Weddingbee prompted me to document my ideas and
projects over the course of the last year. I'm also thankful for the
Weddingbee community's opinions and feedback over the course of our
I had originally been worried that my ease
with home improvement projects wouldn't translate into a facility with
wedding projects, but I quickly found that I was proud to share the
things I was making for our wedding. On the flip side, being a bee
blogger made me face areas that don't interest me too much or ones where
I'm not skilled. I'll be going into more detail about that in the future.
There were times when carving out time to blog wasn't easy, but I love
that I can look back over my posts and see what I was thinking about
throughout our engagement.
Advice for Bee Blogger Applicants
bee bloggers tell applicants to "bee yourself" and I would obviously
echo that. However, I also think aspiring bloggers should consistently
set aside time to write on their blogs so that the pace of posting as a
bee blogger doesn't pose a challenge. In addition, I think liberal use
of pictures makes blog posts more interesting. You don't have to have a
fancy camera or special training to do that. Goodness knows I am not a
Also remember that perfect can
be boring. While I think it's good practice to try to see the positive
side of any situation, I think the Weddingbee community appreciates
candor from bee bloggers. I've already shared a few of the challenges
we had during our planning and the comments have always been supportive
and understanding. There are more to come!
encourage anyone who applies to submit the application and then move
on. Keeping writing so you and your husband have a record of the things
you did during your engagement and planning process. If you wind up
becoming a bee blogger, that will be a nice bonus. If you don't become a
bee blogger, you'll still have a collection of entries that will remind
you of this exciting time.