How did I find Weddingbee?
I was sitting in Adelaide Airport and googled something along the lines of "How do you know if your boyfriend is going to propose?" - because google has the answer to everything of course! Originally I didnt really get into the blog because I wasnt engaged yet so wasnt really very excited about guest books and engagement pictures and things but I really got into reading the boards, namely the waiting, fitness and general chit-chat boards. The longer I lurked on the boards the more I started to read the blogs, after all it is the first thing you see when you log-in! I started to enjoy reading the likes of Mrs Frozen Yoghurt, Mrs Cardigan, Mrs Jelly Fish and Mrs Trail Mix and had really started to ignore the boards and focus more on devouring every inch of the blog. Soon as you know it - I am engaged!! So, the very next day I cracked open blogger and got started!
My Application Story
I originally applied right to the day of 8 months before our wedding. I put hours of time and effort into my application rewriting and revising. I even printed it out and got out the red pen. Unfortunatley during this time I probably put less effort into my blogging, so - rejection.
A little disheartened, I waited the obligatory 4 weeks and gave it another crack. This time I had spent 4 weeks concentrating more on my blog because I couldnt perfect my application form any further. My writing was much improved but I was so far out from our wedding day, I didn't really have a lot of wedding details to write about, there were a lot of "inspiration" posts with not a lot of hard details, so - rejection.
The second rejection wasn't so hard, I knew I had to put more effort into my blog. I was still blogging away happily and applied for a third time! I had over 50 followers on my blog now, had been regularly blogging for the past year and had HEAPS of posts. However, many of them were short, picture heavy with no discernable structure, so - rejection.
Back I went, by this stage, Pengy must think I was like a dog with a bone, except this time I knew it was my last chance, I wasn't going to apply again. I only had 7 weeks until my wedding when I applied for the last time (and I knew it could take 5 weeks for it to be reviewed!). This time I had actually started a new blog where I had no followers I spent a lot of time drafting and ensuring my blog posts were easy to read yet still exciting, so - acceptance!!!
Needless to say, I was a little excited when I finally got through!
Being a Bee
I know everyone says, its amazing, but it truly is! We are all brought together by planning to spend the rest of our lives with our chosen partner and whilst at times it might be concentrating on the minor details of a certain type of flower in the bouquet or the specific shade of a linen it is mostly about building a life, home and potentially a family with your number one by your side.
The support that the bee's offer one another combined with the enthusiasm of the hive constantly made me more and more excited for our wedding day!
Advice for Applicants
Focus on your blog, like Miss Magic has said if you have a wonderful application it won't mean diddly squat if your blog doesn't have a voice. I would also recommend concentrating on what you want your wedding to be, not what you think it should be in order to be a bee. You can find a bunch of different pictures of flowers or dresses by just doing a google image search but it is more interesting to hear about what you plan to do with those elements to make it your day.