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A Bee’s Life: Sword Edition

Lest you think all I do is blog, know that this post was written weeks before my wedding in preparation for posting when I knew I would have zero free time. ¬†I do love to keep a schedule, wedding or not! ūüôā

This is by far my favorite series of all the bee ongoing series’ because I love to learn about what goes on behind the scenes of anything. ¬†When I first found Weddingbee and before I applied to be a blogger I poured over as many of these entries as I could find. ¬†I found them to be extremely helpful and insightful and inspiring, and I hope my post helps you in the same way.

1.  How I found Weddingbee:

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Well, this one’s easy. ¬†I got engaged in February of 2012 and immediately started asking my friends for their favorite wedding blogs. ¬†One of the of recommendations was Weddingbee. ¬†The Fairy Tale/Magic generation icons were just beginning to appear and I proceeded to fall head over heels in love with this community.

This is going to come across slightly arrogant or conceited but there’s no other way to say it. ¬†I kid you not, from the minute I laid eyes on this fantastic website I knew I was supposed to be a WB blogger. ¬†I know it sounds dramatic and weird but I swear, I was drawn to it and I had this gut feeling I was going to be a blogger one day. ¬†Mind you, I didn’t have a wedding blog going at the time and no idea where to even begin, but being that¬†I was having a Fairy Tale wedding that coincided with the Fairy Tale/Magic generation, I felt it was all meant to bee!

2. My application story:

Before I talk about my application I want to share that my passion for writing started at an early age. ¬†I used to write a ton in my¬†angsty¬†teenage years in the form of poetry and journal entries. ¬†I’ve been obsessed with quotations (as I’ve mentioned before) for as long as I can remember, because I’m drawn to the way others communicate their thoughts. ¬†I also used to write short plays for my home church’s drama team and I’m the person who gets asked to write little notes or change song lyrics for family celebrations and parties. ¬†Despite all this, there was NO WAY I was gonna start a blog.

Even once blogging became popular, I still had no desire to start one. ¬†This is the dialogue that went through my stupid little head: Me? ¬†A blogger? ¬†Puh-lease. ¬†Blogging is weird and if everyone is doing it that means I’m not going to do it. ¬†I’m too unique for blogging. ¬†I need to begin working on my novel yo.

Obviously, I got slapped in the face (figuratively) by my stupidity and decided blogging was good, and especially helpful if I wanted to continue writing. ¬†So I started a personal/relationship-focused blog back in October 2011. ¬†Mr. Sword was known as “the Scottish” and I shared many embarrassing moments about my life with gripping topics such as, Why Do I Look So Fat in Pictures?, Are you in a Bi-Facial Relationship?, I’m a Church-Crier, and Here’s Hoping My Babies Come Out with Scottish Accents. ¬†I also talked about my relationship with Mr. Sword as well as offbeat or unusual types of relationships (which I’ve talked about before).

When I started to blog about wedding related content I was shocked to find that most of my faithful readers did not give two craps about my wedding planning. ¬†AS IF! ¬†ūüôā

So I started a new blog and devoted it solely to talking about A Highland Fairy Tale. ¬†For months I talked about Weddingbee and how I wanted to be a blogger for them. ¬†I dragged my camera to every vendor meeting and wedding-related outing or event. ¬†My family was like, “Yeaaa, OK, what are you even talking about?” ¬†They didn’t get it.

Then I applied in mid June. ¬†And I waited. ¬†And I waited. ¬†I waited over five weeks and still I had heard nothing. ¬†A new bee hadn’t been introduced in forever and there was literally one fairy tale icon left (sword). ¬†I finally mustered up the courage to email Pengy to nonchalantly¬†ask if they’d received my blog submission. ¬†I went to bed right away and braced myself to wake up to a rejection email.

I did wake up to email from Pengy, but it wasn’t a rejection, it was an acceptance. ¬†I had been accepted!!! ¬†NO FREAKIN WAY! ¬†I know it sounds silly but I meant what I said in my first WB blog post, this really is a dream come true, and I was so excited to start sharing my wedding plans with this awesome community. ¬†My gut instinct had been right and now I was going to be a Weddingbee blogger. ¬†I will never forget that awesome feeling AND how I almost fell on my face when I ran into the bathroom to tell Mr. Sword that I had been accepted.

Naturally I told everyone. ¬†And most people were like, I knew you’d get accepted! ¬†(False. They had no idea. ¬†Most of them were like, what is blogging again?)

3. What’s it like blogging for Weddingbee?

I’m gonna give it to you straight. ¬†If you follow the suggested guidelines ¬†and blog frequently and honestly about your wedding for all of the months leading up to your wedding, it is going to be a lot of work. ¬†And when I say work, I mean, it’s like a part-time job. ¬†All of a sudden not only are you planning the biggest event of your life but you’re also documenting it every step of the way. ¬†I don’t mean to sound scary but blogging is a large time commitment. ¬†However, if you LOVE weddings and writing, then it’s totally worth it! ¬†ūüôā

But wait, there’s more! I wouldn’t leave this post hanging without a list of my unasked for tips!

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1. Do lots of blog prep. ¬†By prep I mean writing posts in advance as ideas come to you. ¬†My posts that have a few days or weeks to sit before being revised are so much better than the ones I hammer out the night before my self-imposed deadline. ¬†My personal schedule (if you haven’t already noticed) is to blog three times a week, M, Tu, and W. ¬†The secret to my¬†consistency¬†is that the bulk of my blogging is done on Thursday and Friday when I have more free time and don’t feel rushed. ¬†Sure, I spend a lot of evenings revising and sometimes scrambling before a post goes live, but it saves me loads of time in the end.

2. ¬†Keep a Google document with a list of topics and ideas for those days when your brain is totally fried. ¬†My spreadsheet has a column for the blog post idea, the working title, the title that actually gets posted, and the date it was posted. ¬†This helps me stay organized and it’s a good way to quickly browse all of your topics.

3. Find the things that make YOU interesting and extra special. ¬†(Hint: there is no wrong answer here.) ¬†We, as readers of WB, all connect with different people and different wedding themes, so don’t hide the parts of your wedding that make it unique. ¬†Here’s what makes The Swords so interesting:

  • I’m marrying a dude from Scotland. ¬†Like he’s here on a visa and needs a green card. ¬†We fly to Glasgow every year. ¬†We designed a family tartan because his last name was not associated¬†with it’s own clan.
  • My little sister is getting married three months after me. ¬†We are both brides and maid of honors at the same time!! ¬†WHOA! ¬†And she steals shares a lot of my vendors. ¬†It’s a bit crazy.
  • I’m a weirdo. ¬†I take way too many photos of myself, I’m wearing a tiara with my wedding gown, I can’t handle my liquor but there will be a lot of drinking at our wedding, and I’m obsessed with my boobs.
This was taken the Friday before our wedding!

This was taken the Friday before our wedding!

4. Do the thing that you’re the best at. ¬†I am good at writing lots of content and advice. ¬†I’m also good at pushing the envelope and bringing up controversial topics. ¬†I’m not good at crafting, researching, making inspiration boards, posting photos from other weddings, and I especially suck at making color palettes. ¬†Know yourself well enough to know what your strengths and weaknesses are in regards to blogging. ¬†Do you do better at comparing and contrasting? ¬†Do you thrive on scoping out other blogs? ¬†Do you enjoy commenting on articles or links? ¬†Are you funny? ¬†Are you a bit offbeat? ¬†Blog your strengths, I can’t stress that enough.

5. Grow some thick skin. ¬†The thicker the better! ¬†I can be a real Sensitive Sally sometimes, but I had to let that go when I became a bee blogger. ¬†You know how you’re supposed to keep your mouth shut if you have nothing nice to say? ¬†Well, that doesn’t always happen on the interwebs. ¬†And you might get some hurtful comments on some of your posts.

After one particularly mean comment I was talking to Mr. Sword in attempt to feel better and gain some perspective. ¬†Luckily, my husband is one of the smartest men I know and he reminded me that for every person that doesn’t like something you write, there will be someone who does like it. ¬†He said if you put yourself out there, you will get both good and bad feedback and that’s OK. ¬†100% of people who read your stuff will not like it. ¬†It’s impossible. ¬†And then I felt 100% better.

I blog not only for Weddingbee and the community of readers but also for myself and for family and my future.  I am so excited to have this entire year of written memories recorded in one place.  How cool!

On that note, this post is complete.

Good luck to those bloggers who are itching to write for Weddingbee!  Thanks for reading my story.

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No One Knows What an “Escort Card” Is

Am I right people? ¬†I can’t tell you how many times I’ve mentioned (around people who are married) that we aren’t sure how to display our escort cards and I’m given a blank stare in return until I say, “You know, the little cards that have your table number/name on it that tell you where to sit?” ¬†“Ohhhhh.”

Sometimes escort cards are easily confused with place cards, the difference being escort cards tell you which table to go to, and place cards tell you what seat to sit in at said table. ¬†We aren’t using place cards, but we ARE using escort cards. ¬†This post is now so boring I might punch myself in the face. ¬†Never thought I’d be writing about escort cards. ¬†Alas, here I am, with an “escort card dilemma.” ¬†(Wow. ¬†Pathetic.)

I’m so in love with many of the beautiful options prominent on¬†Pinterest¬†these days, but they always seem to fit better with rustic, vintage, or outdoorsy weddings, not elegant, hotel, Scottish-inspired weddings.

In keeping with my flair for drama, we are doing a bit of a display with our escort cards. ¬†The idea first came about when Mom Sword and Sister Big Eyes found this castle at Michael’s.

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Isn’t it cute? ¬†Inside it appears to be an adorable yet functional dollhouse. ¬†I can see us hanging onto this castle post-wedding for future Small Swords to enjoy. ¬†ūüôā

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Once we figured out that it could NOT be used for a card box (note the small drawbridge opening below), I decided it could be the focal point of the first table our guests will see before entering our reception room.

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We are having a dear friend of the family paint the castle for us to make it look more realistic and less juvenile. ¬†I’m so thankful to know someone with such awesome skills!

The question I have for everyone is this, how do we display over 100 escort cards around this bad boy?  The initial plan was to use some sort of grass or moss mat underneath the castle and place the cards on top in rows.

image via JoAnn's

image via JoAnn’s

But I also love how the-appropriately-named-for-this-post-anyway Mrs. Castle displayed her escort cards… what if we do that but with green paper?

image via Mrs. Castle/Weddingbee

image via Mrs. Castle on Weddingbee

And now I’m just confused!

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So I need some advice from those craftier than myself (read: everyone).  My Sister can only do so much (hehe)!!!  How can we display our escort cards in an efficient and castle-like manor manner?  Any ideas would be much appreciated!

My Bee Dream has come true!

Hi Hive!! ¬†I am so ecstatic and grateful, (and to be honest), a little shocked to bee here right now! ¬†When I first read my acceptance email I most definitely tripped over my own feet as I bounded into the bathroom to shout to Mr. Sword that my dream had COME TRUE! ¬†As a self-proclaimed princess and an artist I’m always daydreaming about something, and becoming a Weddingbee blogger has been a dream of mine ever since I got engaged.

And now here I am, Miss Sword!  Mr. Sword and I are SO excited to share our wedding journey with the rest of the Hive!  But first, who are The Swords?

¬†This is what we’d like to think we look like all the time:
Super chic, chill, and Hollywood.
But this is who we really are:
Big dorks who love to laugh and most definitely live up to the “opposites attract” theory!
As an actor I tend to be a bit on the emotional side and I have a flair for the dramatic. ¬†(Seriously though I’m that adult who openly sobs at Disney movies in public, yep awkward.) ¬†I enjoy being the center of attention, but am ridiculously dedicated to all of my wonderful family and friends.

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Mr. Sword on the other hand is a shy guy who loves a good lie in (that’s Scottish for¬†sleeping in) and a good whiskey! ¬†Oh, did I mention he’s Scottish? ¬†As in, Mr. Sword is from a small town outside of Glasgow, Scotland and is living here on a work visa. ¬†He’s got it all too, the accent, the pale skin, AND the ability to stay skinny while eating nothing but meat and potatoes and zero veggies!

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But why the Sword icon?
Well, I have to say I was bummed when the fairy tale generation icons kept dwindling away, for a while I had my eyes set on Coach, but once the lovely Miss Coach¬† joined the Hive, it was clear that wasn’t meant to be! Mr. Sword assured me there would be another moniker just right for me in the event that I was accepted. ¬†Soon, as far as I could tell, Sword was the only icon left, but I just wasn’t into it. ¬†I thought it was much too masculine for this girly-girl, but Mr. Sword changed my mind in a hot second. ¬†He said, But it’s the “claymore!” ¬†What is a claymore, you ask? ¬†Great question.

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A claymore is a double-edged or two-handed Scottish broadsword. ¬†The claymore was used frequently throughout Medieval times but it’s become a running joke in my family that we NEED to have a claymore at our wedding. ¬†Or all the boys seem to think so anyway! ¬†So here I am, instead of the Princess and the Pea, I’m the *Princess and the Sword.
*Years ago I took a stage combat course while getting my degree so being that I’ve “handled” a sword myself, maybe this icon is more fitting than I originally thought!
I’m super pumped to begin this journey with you all! Thanks for having me Hive!
yours,
(for the very first time)
Miss Sword

BIG NEWS PEOPLE, I mean it, this is EXCITING

A long time few months ago I started writing a personal blog called Drama Happens. ¬†But then I got¬†engaged¬†and instantly I knew I wanted to document my wedding journey on my blog. ¬†But my readers at Drama Happens didn’t want to read an all-bridal focused blog. ¬†Thus, Journey to “I Do”¬†was born. ¬†(Isn’t she pretty?)

Have I mentioned that one of my¬†dreams was to become a Weddingbee Blogger? ¬†That ever since I discovered Weddingbee I’ve been waiting for the moment I could apply? ¬†That I’ve been dying to share my wedding story with all of the lovely ladies of the Hive? ¬†(See, I have lots of dreams and some of them do¬†come true… and some are still waiting in the wings.) ¬†Well family and friends, I’ve been blessed to have yet another¬†dream has come true! ¬†My application to become a Weddingbee blogger has been accepted¬†and I am currently in the process of joining the Hive. If you don’t know the gloriousness that is Weddingbee, please check it out now! ¬†And look for me soon!

My icon will be a Sword and from now on I’ll be referring to myself as Miss Sword, and Mr. Scottish will now be known as Mr. Sword. ¬†He’s pretty pumped about the name considering some of the options in this generation of icons included unicorns and fairies. ¬†ūüôā

Don’t worry, the blog isn’t changing all that much! ¬†It’s just that my story will be able to reach even more people, and I’ll be able to receive advice and encouragement from fellow brides. ¬†I’m super pumped to have been¬†selected since they receive tons of applications and only about 5% of those people move on to become bees.

Anyway, thank you everyone for reading! ¬†I hope you’ll continue on the journey with me!

Note: The next post will be my first post for Weddingbee, so don’t be confused when I start by introducing myself! ¬†ūüôā