(Closed) How to become a Bee?

posted 7 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 5
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2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@blu77:

nope.

You can post as many bios and DIYs gallery pics whatever, the only way to become a blogging bee is to apply–Mrs. Penguin & Mrs. Mouse review your application, review you blog (must be on a third party site like wordpress or blogger, not just a wedding website, but a BLOG) and then they decide if you’re cool enough to join the elitest club that is the blogging bees.

Things that factor your approval? More than what they tell you in their ‘how to apply’ page (though things like pictures, strong voice, being funny and diy projects might ‘help’ don’t count on it).

-live somewhere affluent or ‘exotic’ (this automatically gives you brownie points)

-Be AMERICAN (or an American living abroad, or someone ‘exotic’ — Like the Blogger from New Zealand & the new ones in Germany/Switzerland) — the majority of the bloggers hail from heavy metro-centers in the USA, think NYC, California, etc etc etc

-Fit their ethnicity demographic which is appallingly white or asian*cough*bias*cough*. Less than 10% of the bloggers are from other ethnicities. So keep that in mind.

– Fit their AGE demographic (if you are too old or too young you best not bother the average accepted blogger’s age is 25-29).

-Fit their BUDGET demographic/ WIC preferences — You best be willing to spend more than $5000 on your wedding, have a designer dress (even if it is a used one) and have a crazy-good professional photographer who will take pictures to rival those on Style Me Pretty.

Less than 10% of the applications recieved are accepted, so I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

eta:

All of these things I have said can be easily/clearly observed if you pay attention to the archives of bloggers; through data collection and analyzation, trends in acceptance become abundantly clear. But that’s Editorial veto power for you!

Post # 6
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7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@missmouse29: I just don’t know what to say to that. ^_^

Some of what you post is true. There doesn’t seem to be a variety of bloggers. I will leave it at that.

Good luck!

Post # 8
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1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

@missmouse29: Wow. Virtually none of these things that you’ve said are even close to what we really look for in bees.

There actually isn’t really a laundry list of things that the committee (a group of women way beyond Mrs. Mouse and me) are looking for but to be completely and utterly honest it comes down to if you’re a good writer, if you’re willing to be open and honest about your wedding journey. We don’t recruit bee bloggers—they all apply on their own. We love diversity (and to be frank, I’m confident that the hive represents one of the most diverse collection of bloggers/writers in the wedding space—and if you believe that “diversity” simply lies in skin color, than that’s a really limiting way to judge people), but if you’re asking if we SEEK diversity, then no. We don’t. We don’t “SEEK” any brides out…we take a lot of time to read and absorb our applicants’ writing style and wedding ideas and go from there.

Post # 9
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1136 posts
Bumble bee

@penguin: I would hope you wouldn’t want a bee to spend more than they can. or have a designer dress. I want to be a bee but if that was true I wouldn’t even try

Post # 10
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41 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009 - Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (LaCoste, TX) and Mary Gray Events Center (Castroville, TX)

I just thought I’d chime in, my mom made my dress.  The total for materials was $400.  I had 2 weddings, the first clocked in at about $1000, and the second (150 ppl) cost $10,000.  Our catering costs were $5.50/person BBQ.  I’m sad that some people feel that what’s written above is the case.  I know Mrs. Sand Dollar had a very budget friendly wedding and it was fabulous.  I hope that everyone in this community that wants to apply gives it a shot.  It took me two tries, but the application process helped me to enjoy writing more.  And now I have a very in depth journal of memories because of the blogging experience.

Post # 11
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1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

I thought I’d chime in as well.

I bought my dress for $200 from an online site for a department store.

My wedding cost a thousand bucks.

I’m from the exotic state of.. NORTH DAKOTA. Ooo, so affluent and amazing and popular, right?

If you were to meet me in person, I’m probably one of the dorkiest, least cool, socially awkward people you’ll ever meet.

My application to blog was accepted without any expectations of my changing my wedding vision–or myself–at all. We’re all VOLUNTEERS, for godsakes. It’s not like some evil overseers are trying to force us to fit a vision of the perfect wedding! What you’re getting from Weddingbee is real, ACTUAL weddings. They are not sponsored by Weddingbee or otherwise influenced. We all just write ’cause we like to share.

As Mrs. Penguin said, they look for people who are good writers. Women (or men!) who can articulate their wedding plans in a way that is easy for a wide audience to understand. Oh and a very important thing: bloggers have to APPLY!! They don’t go out and recruit you. And I suppose if only ‘white’ people applied at a certain time, then only ‘white’ people would be blogging. But I’m quite sure that no one behind the choice of bloggers is descriminating based on race, sexual orientation, age, or any other factor. Just looking for good, consistent writers. That’s IT.

Post # 12
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19 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011 - OMOS Church ceremony/Sunnehanna Country Club reception

I think my rural/suburban, small town in PA doesn’t really count as exotic in most people’s books. 

What attracted me to this site in the first place was the blogging brides’ honesty, originality, and willingness to share.  I think if you even consider applying for one hot second, you should totally go for it!  Even if you don’t end up becoming a bee here, it’s pretty awesome to have a blog documenting your planning process that you can keep for years to come.

Post # 13
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83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

All I have to say is, I totally applied to be part of the Tea Party Generation, and (“Chorus Line” music kicks in) God, I hope I get it. I hope I get it! But if I don’t, you can be sure I’ll try again ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 14
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1667 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@missmouse29: ummmm, what? That isn’t even remotely close to being accurate.

Post # 15
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994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@missmouse29: Maybe you saw my post before I edited it a few minutes after posting it. I hope it wasn’t confusing?

 

Post # 16
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1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@missmouse29: dang that was harsh, lol.  I think the issue is not that they discriminate but that “diverse” people aren’t applying and therefore can’t be chosen.

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