Post # 1
I enjoy the updates and stories on here, esp the pictures…..but upon reading them daily I noticed that some blogs seems to be more of an advertisment than someone just wanting to share their wedding updates.
Like the recent one where the bride keeps making referrences to ebay. How she bought most of her wedding stuff from ebay etc.. Does not sound realistic. It sounds more like an advertisment.
Post # 3
these blogs are written by real people. it’s not so much that the bees are advertising products but more like they found things that they like and just wanted to share with everyone else because it’s this kind of information that people come here for. as far as a bee who kept referencing ebay, that was just where she bought her items from, which is always a question that is asked here.
mrs. bee and the other bees do a great job in making sure there are no "commercial posts" on this blog. everything that’s been written about has come from the real people.
Post # 4
I know people come here to look and share advices, tips, vendors etc here. That is great. I guess some just sounds more like a advertisment than others!
Post # 5
I think that part of the reason you see commercial references is that weddingbee does a good job of providing the source of almost all photos used. So every time a bee blogs about looking for shoes, invitations, dresses, flowers, you see a link to the website that is the origin of the photo used, or the website of the vendor that makes the product. I like that a lot; I found my invitation vendor through weddingbee (although through a comment from a reader, rather than on the blog itself). I have also found other miscellaneous things (thank you notes, return address stamp, various DYI supplies) through links on the blogs or recommendations from readers. If you haven’t yet figured out that a lot of planning a wedding involves shopping, you soon will. It’s nice to have a source for ideas and links, so that I don’t just have to find everything through google or by accident.
Post # 6
I personally appreciate those blogs and don’t feel like any of them are commercials or advertisements at all. I believe Mrs. Bee addressed this issue before… thus the vendor policy that they tack onto the posts.
For me, the post that you’re talking about was very helpful and informative in that she talked about a different means in getting her items than others. I appreciate the fact that she would share that. I am pretty sure she is not getting any perks from ebay just for posting that she got most of her items there (from different vendors, I might say).
… and to be honest, I think it IS perfectly realistic for her to buy those items in eBay. Why wouldn’t it be?
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland
I’m definitely a real person
A lot of wedding planning is doing research about venues, florists, dress shops, etc. Since such a large number of people who are planning a wedding don’t have any experience doing it, it can be really useful to share either helpful (or unhelpful) vendors, so that other brides either don’t make the same mistake, or don’t spend as much time searching for the perfect veil, dress, or red parasol.
Part of blogging etiquette is to properly cite sources and photographs, which is why each post typically documents such things. And like some of the other posters in this thread, it can be extremely useful to find out that Mrs. Onion had a great experience with this jewelry maker, or that Mrs. Petunia had some difficulties with her cake topper.
Basically, we’re just trying to share what our experiences have been in the wedding planning process, which (unfortunately, perhaps) means that quite a bit of it involves working with a variety of vendors and retailers.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
Hey there, vcomedancewithme! I just wanted to chime in and reiterate what the previous posters have said — we bees are volunteers, and we write about our wedding planning experiences honestly and openly to help (and hopefully entertain!) readers. We don’t receive any compensation or kick-backs from vendors whom we write about, and Mrs. Bee does not partake in any "pay for play" advertising (as in, someone paying her/us to give a positive review of their services or products. The only paid advertisements are those in the ad-bars you see on the site). Some of us just choose to give credit where credit is due in our posts because we feel lucky and grateful when we find a great vendor or resource, and we want readers to know about them so they can hopefully make use of them, as well.
Most of my vendors don’t even know I’m a bee — just my photographers because I had to ask their permission to show our engagement photos on here, and my Day of Coordinator because we have become really friendly throughout the wedding planning process (and having her read my blog might actually help out a lot when it comes to the little details of the wedding day).
Mrs. Bee works really hard to maintain the integrity of this site, but there are certainly a lot of "bad eggs" out there in the wedding planning world so it’s natural for some people to be skeptical. If you’re interested, here is a post about the vendor policy:
Mrs. Tulip’s recent post about her wedding did highlight a lot of ebay items, and if you read through some of her older posts you’ll see that Tulip is an amazing bargain-hunter who left no stone unturned when it came to finding good deals for her wedding
Post # 9
Hey guys I don’t mean to offend anyone. I was just stating a concern. If that isnt’ the case, than great!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
I don’t think anyone’s offended — just wanted to put some information out there in case others are also wondering the same thing
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY
No offense taken vcomedancewith me 🙂 It’s good to be skeptical!
Yup… we’re all real. No commercials here!
As the previous posters said, we just like to share where we got stuff with our readers. If for some reason we don’t or we forget to — there will inevitabley end up being readers who will ask for more info in the comments, so it’s easiest to just tell everyone right in the post.
And yeah, Mrs. Tulip is just a bargain-finder extraordinaire!
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
HEY I AM A COMMERCIAL, DAMMIT! A commercial for… awesomeness.
All kidding aside yeah, we are real people. Just um, more obsessive about wedding blogging than most?