Tomorrow is mine and Sean’s 5th wedding anniversary! As I’ve written very little about him, I thought I’d write a bit about our story. Turned in to a long one, so I’ve been posting a part a day!
Here’s part 4…
We got married 22nd August 2009! We had very very little money, having squandered our savings on travelling, so it was a bit of thrifty wedding! Our parents contributed, which helped loads. We had a marquee on my parents’ field, a Ceilidh band played a mix of Irish and Manx music and taught everyone some dances, then we had a DJ. The food was a really nice buffet that cost us very little! And we did the bar ourselves, so the drinks were cheap! Sean’s cousin’s wife was our fabulous photographer. We decided not to hire suits and instead just asked the men to wear their own suits and we supplied ties, shirts and waistcoats. And my dress was 2nd hand, costing the original owner around the £1k mark, and me a mere £80!!
All-in-all, we had a fabulous day! Everyone drank lots and got merry and I think Sean’s family enjoyed travelling over to the Isle of Man for it, and getting to see some of the island!
Our honeymoon started well. Sean’s brother and sisters treated us to a night in a lovely hotel in Buxton, that turned in to 2 nights when they messed up a few of the surprises! We were supposed to go on a camping road trip from there, but the weather had other plans! It chucked it down! So we drove round staying in different towns! Northallerton, Durham, Edinburgh, one night camping in the middle of Scotland, then home! It was a week with a difference!
Our honeymoon finished with us living back in Manchester. We once again had no jobs but had the plan to start our own business. After 2 weeks sleeping on a blow up bed in Sean’s mum and dad’s, we rented a flat in Worsley. Lovely area, and the flat was ok! We got to work on the business – Personnel Surveys, managing the employee survey process for businesses.
It was hard! We were new to business and marketing and how to get our word out there. There was no money coming in, but there was money going out. Plus we had to learn how to self motivate ourselves to work when really we could have a lie in if we wanted or take time off during the day.
In the end, it just wasn’t working out and neither of us was happy with the working situation, and so Sean returned to work as a civil engineer and I continued the business. An opportunity came up to learn about social media for business, so I took it. And that’s what I’ve been doing to this day – training businesses in using social media to win new customers. And it’s going great!
Sean in the meantime has worked his way up the ladder to become a site agent, managing building sites.