Post # 1
Just wondering what everyone else’s experience with rejection was after applying to be a Bee. LOL. I applied a couple weeks ago knowing it was a long shot since my wedding is not until August, but I thought I’d give it a try since Miss Panther’s is in July which is further out than most Bees. I wasn’t accepted, but also wasn’t given a specific reason why, so I was just wondering if anyone else had applied and been rejected, and what reason they were given for their rejection. Here’s what my email said:
Thank you so much for your interest in blogging for Weddingbee. We wish we could take on a whole swarm of new bees! We have a committee who reviews and votes on all applications, and while we’ve really enjoyed your blog, we unfortunately only have a few slots available, and last year we were only able to accept 12% of our applicants. 🙁 We appreciate you taking the time to apply, and slots for new bees open all the time! It has been a pleasure to read your blog, and you’re more than welcome to reapply in another 4 weeks if you’d like us to reevaluate your application. Until then, we hope to continue to see you buzzing about the site. 🙂
I figure I’ll probably apply again in a few months when I’ll be closer to the wedding date and will have more concrete details set, since I figure that was a major reason why I wasn’t accepted this time.
Post # 3
Hi! I haven’t applied to be a bee but I know a LOT of bees applied multiple times (like 3) before they got accepted. I think that what is most important is to have a really clear blogging voice, lots of pictures, and also to have an interesting/different story to tell. Most of the bees that got rejected a few times first say that what changed for them was that they refined their blogging style. The good news is that you have lots of time! Good luck!
Post # 4
I got the same kind of feedback. I hadn’t realized, you’re right, they don’t really give specific reasons, but it probably just means that your style/voice isn’t developed enough yet, and all that CorgiTales says above. Good luck when you reapply! Apparently it’s pretty much the norm, so try not to feel too discouraged 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
I think that’s the pretty typical rejection letter–I know that’s the one I got when I was rejected the first time! There’s no way Penguin could personally write feedback to each applicant (they seriously get hundreds, I believe) so unfortunately they have to use a form letter.
I got rejected the first time I applied for Weddingbee, and I think it was because I just didn’t have enough really done or planned yet. I applied at 8.5 months from my wedding, and looking back, my plans just weren’t solid enough to be a blogger. Then I applied at 6.5 months away, and was accepted! I’d say keep blogging, give yourself some more time to solidify your plans, and try again in another month or two!
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown
I applied 4 times, and got rejected the first 3. It’s tough. I got that same letter and was super frustrated when I got rejected. After the third rejection I contacted a couple bees that I’d met at an Austin get-together to see if they could help. They both looked over my blog and gave me suggestions for how to improve. I also did email Pengy after the third time to see if she could give me a reason. She didn’t give me specific to my blog reasons but she told me what she personally looks for in a blog. All of that seemed to do that trick because a month later I finally got accepted.
I would just keep plugging away, really try to find your voice (and have fun writing), include lots of pictures (with sources) and have fun! And if you want to look at your blog I can always do that too. Good luck!
Post # 7
Same; we’re about 9 months out and I just don’t think my plans have jelled enough yet. I’ll probably keep planning and blogging and re-apply in the new year when we’re closer and I’ve made much more concrete plans. No hard feelings at all!
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
@ohheavenlyday: I just remembered a good tip that maybe Bee or Penguin said at one point–basically a good rule of thumb is that if you’re still at a point where the only pictures you have to post are inspiration boards/pictures of other people’s weddings that you like, you’re probably not far enough yet. When you’ve reached the point where you have pictures of your own stuff to post (save-the-dates, etc) then you probably have enough planning solidified to be a good blogging candidate.
Post # 9
Good luck with applying again!
Post # 10
I”m so new to this site (and my wedding is in 3 months!) that I didn’t know you could apply to be a bee!!! (haha, funny sentence) lol Also, what would be the perks? And blogging? Wow … I’m definitely out of the loop.
Suppose I’ll stick to the boards, I absolutely love em!! But, good luck trying again … afraid I don’t have too much insight about the background of it, but I’m sure, (based on the posts) that if you keep reapplying and putting things together, you’ll get accepted.
Persistance kills resistance!!!! good luck!
Post # 11
I was just wondering how long it took them to respond? I applied about 4 weeks ago but haven’t heard back 🙁 Just wondering if that means anything!?!?
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2010 - Rancho San Carlos
For what it’s worth, I applied June 2, and didn’t hear back until July 14. I don’t think the amount of time passed necessarily has anything to do with whether or not you’re accepted – it probably depends on how many applications are currently under review, how many openings they have, Pengy’s schedule, etc. I would say to stay optimistic! 🙂
Post # 13
Where do you all blog? Here on the WB? Or somewhere else?
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
Pereserverance is a must!! I myself applied 3 times and the third time was a charm! I also had long waits after applying and don’t think that necessarily means anything. When I first applied I didn’t have much of my own stuff posted and hadn’t really found a voice yet. With time and patience and some revamping I was able to find my voice and gather the courage to apply yet again. It can be frustrating to open that rejection letter, but what I found got me through it was simply putting more focus on my blog and gathering a readership. I also paid a lot more attention to the clarity in my writing and did my best to write in a manner that was clear and consistent. I don’t have the best grammer and made a point to use blogging as a way to improve my weaknesses.
Post # 15
I think it took them 19 or 20 days to get back to me. Just a shade under 3 weeks.
I’m not sure there’s really any “perks” to being a Bee other than just having a wide audience to read your posts and offer advice. It’s not paid or anything like that, so I think the real perk is sort of just getting to say you’re a Bee. LOL. I want to do it because I’ve been blogging for years and enjoy it, and because I’ve read Weddingbee since it was literally Mrs. Bee’s personal wedding planning blog on xanga before she even launched it as “official” Weddingbee.
I have a personal blog but I write on my wedding blog at Tumblr. ([link removed per self promotion policy – sorry!])
Post # 16
@Belle2Be: I have a personal blog that I started earlier this year. I was originally a private blog for my mom and BMs but now i really enjoy it and have a lot of great blogosphere BTB friends 😀