Dear Trade Me,
My partner and I would love to enter your party competition! My man and I have been together now for 11 years and we have an 8-year-old son together. Trade Me has been a big part of our wee family over the years.
We purchased much of our son's baby gear on Trade Me. We found our family's car on Trade Me. We have found jobs on Trade Me. My partner even purchased my engagement ring on Trade Me!
Whenever we want to raise some money to do something special as a family we gather together our unwanted items and list them on Trade Me. Next month we will be celebrating two years since the purchase of our first home, which we found through a private sale listing on Trade Me!
In our relationship, my partner and I seem to have done things in reverse. We had a child, got engaged then bought a home. The one thing we haven't managed to do yet is get married! My partner works hard to provide for our family so I can be a stay at home Mum.
Being a single income family makes saving for a wedding hard. All the unexpected things life throws at you like car troubles, house problems, job losses, vet bills, and doctors’ visits eat up the savings. Add to that the earthquakes, which disrupted us a lot, and a wedding has been at the bottom of our priorities list. We’ve had a health scare recently and this has made us rethink our priorities. We would really love to be husband and wife.
With our funds being low, we have been discussing getting hitched at a registry office just to make things official. Then I saw your competition for celebrating a life moment. After how much Trade Me has already been a part of our lives, it would be so cool for Trade Me to be part of our wedding too!
Our dream wedding is nothing too formal or fancy. Within the last couple of years I lost my Mum suddenly and my partner lost his Dad. I think it will be tough for us to get married without them there. They were a big part of our lives and are dearly missed. All the speeches, memories and formalities would be too hard. Something a bit more laid back like a classic Kiwi backyard BBQ sounds more like us! A day to celebrate our relationship with our nearest and dearest. A day full of good food, fun and laughter and lots of dancing!
Thank you for reading my email and considering us for the party. We would love for Trade Me to be part of our special day if you will have us!
I was told that Ange’s entry was actually the very last entry that came through to us after we asked our community to tell us about a life moment they thought was worthy of a Trade Me-flavoured celebration.
The Trade Me Team did a fantastic job and you can read all about it here on this link: https://newsroom.trademe.co.nz/articles/the-wedding-built-by-trade-me/
The Trade Me Team came down from Wellington and I am so impressed with the way they all worked together to make this wedding come together. As the chosen Celebrant by Ange and Darren I was pleased they chose what they wanted their ceremony to be. It was perfect. Jono who I know well worked his magic as he took photos; told someone (not my husband) that the young sound man wired me for sound and we were both professionals. Hopefully there will be no photos from Jono that surface. Miss Lilly and her team just did the most amazing food and drinks service. I love trying the canapes if I get the chance. How can you recommend businesses if you don't sample the goodies. I love being involved in all weddings but especially enjoy working together on special events. Who knows I might get to work again with the Trade Me team. Congratulations everyone involved a success. To the couple Ange and Darren - Mr and Mrs Keep - my wish that you have an amazing married life and family life.
Just so you know all the photos below are from my phone and I never promote myself as a photographer - although I love sharing with photographers when there is a magical moment. I had hoped to share video might have to get the Trade Me Team to help with that.