Want some alternative ideas for your wedding gift list? Here are 5 ways to use Buy Our Honeymoon, that aren’t honeymoons!
Buy Our Honeymoon makes it easy to create an exciting wedding gift list of activities, experiences and contributions towards your dream honeymoon. An afternoon swimming with dolphins, or wine tasting at a vineyard. Balloon flights, not bowls; champagne toasts, not toasters.
Their service breaks out of the rigid format of brands, costs and quantities imposed by a traditional department store registry — and that means it’s also easy to create a completely unique wedding gift list to help fund anything you wish.
You can mix-and-match gifts for your honeymoon with gifts for your home, or gifts towards anything you can imagine. You can combine individual gifts with open contributions, group items into categories, shape and sequence your list however you please. You get the cash value of your gifts, while your guests get to choose something meaningful.
Here are some unusual and creative ways that real couples have used Buy Our Honeymoon’s gift list service over the past ten years.
An act of charity
Many couples include carbon offset donations alongside their air fare, as a way to help reduce the environmental impact of their honeymoon travel. And, because you’re not tied to any specific provider, you can include green gifts to help fund your tickets on public transport, to buy local products off-the-cuff while you’re away, or even to invest in local projects.
Some couples like to go even further, by collecting for items to donate to local children’s charities in countries they’re visiting, or donating their own time while on honeymoon to voluntary work. One couple used their wedding gift list to help fund the building of a house for displaced people in Columbia, through the Catalina Muñoz charity. Another couple volunteered at an orphanage in Romania, arranged through their own connections, but funded with help from their guests.
A place to live
For some couples, once the wedding planning is all over, it’s time for another project. Some intrepid couples have used their wedding gift list to help fund a complete home renovation — from planning and building control payments, to paint and wallpaper, bricks and skip hire. Even takeaway meals while the kitchen is in pieces!
A camper van adventure
Or maybe you’re happy with your home, but your dream is to own a camper van. Whether it’s fixing up a vintage VW, or kitting out a contemporary caravan, your guests can help make it a reality.
Individual components and camping supplies; the practical and the pimping-up. Couples have included engine repairs and a bike rack, travel games and a music system. Perhaps your guests could even sponsor your first tank of petrol for when your adventure begins!
A work of art
If the one thing you really want is a fabulous work of art in your home, but it’s much too pricey to be a single gift then your guests can make an open contribution towards your dream, and you can keep hold of your gift donations until you see the perfect masterpiece. It’s an asset for a lifetime, that can mark the start of your new life together.
One couple based their wedding around being close to the picturesque town of Saint Emillon in France, and as a keepsake of the memory, included an oil painting of the region on their registry.
What do you get the couple who has everything? One answer we hadn’t thought of until we saw it: an arboretum. A collection of trees, planted together, that will live and evolve beyond your years, and that your guests can be part of. Each tree features a plaque next to it, inscribed with the message left by your guest, and the project can be visited by your friends and family for generations.
With Buy Our Honeymoon, you can choose from a selection of discreet web addresses, their branding is subtle and restrained, and there are no ads to ruin the view. They don’t hold any funds on your behalf, and they don’t take their fee out of the gifts you’re given.
To find out more, visit buy-our-honeymoon.com or call 0345 224 0189 today.