Well, I have got the perfect thing to cast out those New Year blues today! If you’re anything like me, the dark (and right now, extremely rainy) days of early January are only made bearable by starting to ponder the travels and holidays of the year ahead and, if you’re planning your wedding, you’ve got the glorious escape that is your honeymoon to consider too.
This afternoon, I’d like to introduce you to Little Book for Brides member, Buy Our Honeymoon, the alternative wedding gift list that lets your guests contribute towards your dream honeymoon in a polite and meaningful way.
Founded in 2007 by husband-and-wife team, Shelley and Andrew Green, Buy Our Honeymoon works much like a normal gift list but instead of filling your home with things, your list totally transforms your honeymoon.
Say goodbye to shoe racks, sheets and ‘stuff’ and say hello to lifetime long memories; helicopter tours, chilled champagne, experiences or even portions of your flights to your destination.
“The idea for Buy Our Honeymoon first began life back when we were planning our own wedding,” explains Shelley. “We didn’t like the idea of re-stocking a flat that was already bursting at the seams so instead we compiled a list of adventures for our epic honeymoon road trip across the USA.”
“Our friends and family embraced our idea with great love and enthusiasm and, thanks to them, our honeymoon was the most amazing trip of a lifetime. Their gifts were so meaningful to us – far more than a toaster or towel bale ever could have been.”
So, how does it work? Well, you can use the service with any tour operator and for any destination whether you’ve finalised all your plans or not. You can mix one-off ‘gifts’ and open contributions on the same list and organise everything in your own personal area that’s fully customisable (not to mention incredibly easy to use!). Buy Our Honeymoon is completely independent so you can book your honeymoon however, whenever and with whomever you like and there are no limits on what you can ask for.
Buy Our Honeymoon then allows your guests to then choose any of the ideas you’ve listed and leave you a personal message. It’s romantic and engaging (you won’t find any ads on the site to intrude on your fun) and your guests will know that their gift to you is so much more than simply an item from a store – they could absolutely be giving you something that you’ve always wanted. If you’ve ever wanted to watch whales off the Canadian coast, tour the Californian vineyards in a convertible, sail the Mediterranean, visit elephant orphanages in Sri Lanka or relax and indulge in the Maldives, now’s your chance.
The website will manage and track your gift payments but Buy Our Honeymoon doesn’t hold any money on your behalf and they don’t take any commission payments from the gifts either.
Instead, your gift is available to you as soon as the payment clears and you can download your full gift history to get a head start on those thank you cards!
“Buy Our Honeymoon is uniquely flexible,” says Andrew. “We’ve built the service using love and care and we’ve stayed true to the principles and ideas that we began with. The site is hand-made, in-house and we deal with customer and guest enquiries personally. We offer all everything to you with one aim and that’s to provide the perfect honeymoon gift list.”
The perfect honeymoon? Now there’s a fabulous thought…
Buy Our Honeymoon would love to invite you to try out their fantastic site by signing up for a free, no obligation, seven-day trial. If you’d like to use Buy Your Honeymoon and decide to go ahead after your taster week, the one-off sign-up fee is just £55 (or $64 outside of the UK). However, if you start your free trial using the exclusive promotional code LMDRESS you’ll receive a rather lovely 20% discount.
For more information on Buy Our Honeymoon, do take a look at their website where you’ll find everything you could possibly need including FAQs, sample lists and reviews not to mention their brand new Wedding List Checklist which is full of brilliant tips and ideas. You can also find Buy Our Honeymoon on Facebook and Twitter and they’d love to hear all about your heavenly honeymoon.
Love Tamryn x
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