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Was one of the best wedding blogging sites I've ever visited!!

  • Feb 15, 2009
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I know this is the second wedding planning website I've reviewed even though I am nowhere close to getting married. (And this one written the day after Valentine's day!?!??!)
Anywho, I have to say that this WAS one of my favorite wedding planning blogs. More on the WAS later. 

Essentially, Bee Kim from NY created this site a few years back for brides to be (or brides to BEE? haha) to blog and share their experiences on everything about the wedding planning process.  In order to be considered for a bee, each person would have to send in an application form to Mrs. Bee herself, which she would review and then choose bees based on the consistency of contributions.  (More info on how bees are chosen in the Wiki).

I first got hooked onto this website when I saw one of my friend was a contributing bee.  The really great thing about this site is that you can follow individual members, look up info on invites, DIY jewelry and crafts, hair style, favors or gifts for your bridesmaids/groomsmen, what kind of make up works best on the day of... and since there's a variety of people contributing to the site, you'll be sure you get a variety of answers to make an informed decision. 

Not just that, but because there are only about 20 "active" bees blogging at any time, they update frequently.  A lot of the blogs end with questions for other readers/bees - so be sure to read the comments because there's a ton of great information and advice.  The other thing I really love about this site is that the community is SUPER active and loves to contribute not just through writing about their experience - but including detail pictures and step by step descriptions when necessary! (Not all of us may be that artsy - we need photos to validate that we're doing something right!) 

I will admit that I have been guilty of sitting in front of the computer for hours at a time browsing this blog and getting inspired by DIY favors and all the different kinds of invites people share.  I even learned about the magic that is Google Docs on here! Create a shared doc on google, send it to all your friends and family that you are planning to invite to the wedding.  They'll respond with their addresses and BAM! It automatically gets updated into a spreadsheet on Google! Makes printing your labels easy - you don't have to manually update a spreadsheet.  Plus the shared spreadsheets means you can share To-Do lists and even budget info with your fiance and wedding planning crew! 

However, recently Weddingbee was sold to Eharmony.  While I can understand why Bee did this (I'm sure she's worked way hard to get the site up and running.. and keep it up and running at that), it's created a lot of controversy as Eharmony isn't exactly one to support gay/lesbians marriages/dating.  A few of the bees have felt very strongly about this and wanted to write their opinion on the site (found here) and even step down from being a bee. However, I read through a lot of the comments, and those comments actually had to go through the Eharmony office to be refined and reworded! 

I know many readers and contributors have been torn about this - Weddingbee is an absolutely wonderful site with a great community and great content ... but it just boils down to personal decisions of whether or not to continue supporting the site owned by Eharmony.  However, as they haven't censored anything that can be posted on Weddingbee (LGBT related or not), some readers have considered to continue supporting until anything drastically changes in the management of Weddingbee specifically.

Many of the bees have offered their personal blogs for those who still want to follow their wedding planning.  I know I've taken a lot of great info from browsing this blog (and again reminded of how ridiculous it is that I read wedding blogs so much!!) but I for one will be supporting them on their personal blog sites from now on!
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January 06, 2010
My daughter is getting married next year so I will definitely be sending her here - and to the wedding bee site so she can read about this for herself. Great review, very informative & well-written!
 
June 30, 2009
A wedding site that practices censorship? Hmmm.... Great write-up.
 
March 27, 2009
I'm totally addicted to this site too! (And also not getting married anytime soon) but when I read a bee's entry about stepping down due to the eHarmony buy-out, I was really disappointed, too. With so many voices contributing to the site, it would be nice if it was friendly to all.
 
March 18, 2009
This is a perfect example of an ideal review. I learned more than enough information from reading it. I don't have any plans to marry any time in the near future, but when I am ready one day, I know where to go!
 
March 17, 2009
uh-oh. I'm a little allergic to wedding sites but great fun write up!
 
February 27, 2009
I have visited Weddingbee many, many times in the past and would agree that it is a great wedding blog. I had no idea that it was sold to Eharmony, wow.
 
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Weddingbee.com is an online community of bloggers who share their experiences in the days of planning leading up to their wedding.  
Weddingbee was started by Bee Kim from New York (known as Mrs. Bee on the site), the main point of the site is for a community about 20 active bloggers at a time to share their experiences from the day they beginning planning their wedding up 'til they say their "I Do's" and even into their honeymoon phase of their marriage.  

Bloggers, also known as "bees" are chosen by Mrs. Bee based on an application and review of their current blog.  In order to be considered, the applicant must:

  • have a great writing style or voice
  • have a great sense of style
  • will update frequently (average 3-4 times a week)
  • love to share ideas, research, diy projects and planning details
  • will share pictures of the wedding day, vendor reviews, honeymoon review, etc.


  • In addition, bees should have at least 8 months from the time they apply to the date of the wedding to be able to share an ample amount of information regarding their wedding planning.

    In order to remain relatively anonymous on the site, the bee's have chosen characters and names to present them.  With each "generation" of bees, the theme has changed and ranged from insects (Mrs Ant, Mrs. Bee), to flowers (Mrs. Daisy, Mrs. Gardenia), to candies (Mrs. Licorice, Mrs. Lollipop).  Names of parties involved and addresses are often blurred out (by the writer of the blog) in order to ensure privacy of certain wedding ...
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