One of the things I love about running Festival Brides (and I have said this before) is introducing you to innovative and unique suppliers that offer an alternative way of doing things. It’s one of the reasons I started the blog in the first place and I have never get bored. There are so many cool suppliers out there catering to the festival wedding niche and I honestly think they are some of the coolest available to book for your wedding. You only have to take a look at our wedding directory to see what I am talking about.
Today we are sharing with you one of those suppliers who are offering a service that is filling a huge gap in the wedding industry. Meet Buy Our Honeymoon. A unique wedding gift list designed to help you plan an unforgettable honeymoon.
Now I would have loved using Buy Our Honeymoon when I was getting married. Like Shelley and Andrew, the owners of BOH, Bob and I had been living together for 5 years before we got married so we already had most of the typical things you would put on a wedding gift list. So, we decided that we would prefer money towards a life changing honeymoon in South America. The beauty of Buy Our Honeymoon however is, rather than asking your guests for money, you can build a bespoke list that gives guests the opportunity to buy actual gifts towards your honeymoon. Gifts like money towards your flights or a unique experience such as a skydive or a trek. You can put a bottle of champagne on there for you to enjoy at your hotel or breakfast in bed. It makes gifting so much more personal for you and your guests especially if you capture moments of you enjoying the gifts to send as thank you cards.
We asked Shelley and Andrew a few questions about Buy Our Honeymoon and how it all works.
Make sure you check out the amazing offer at the end of 20% off their services for Festival Brides readers.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
We’re Shelley and Andrew Green, and we run Buy Our Honeymoon, the wedding gift list service for the honeymoon of your dreams. We first created the site back in 2005 for our own wedding, and we’ve been the UK’s top independent, dedicated honeymoon fund service since 2007.
Our service lets you create a unique wedding gift list to help make your honeymoon happen. Instead of giving you pillow cases, your guests can give you a night of your stay. Instead of a juicer, your guests can give you breakfast on the beach.
You get valuable help towards your honeymoon expenses, and your guests get to choose a wedding gift that’s meaningful.
If you had the chance to go to any music festival, which one would it be and why?
We have two little girls (aged 11 and 7) and we take them to a family-friendly festival every year: Camp Besitval, at Lulworth Castle in Dorset. We’ve been going since 2011 and it’s always one of the highlights of our year.
We don’t generally go for the headliners — we love exploring the smaller tents and bandstands and stumbling across something fantastic. Though we were right at the front of the main stage for Chas n Dave a couple of years back.
What made you decide to start Buy Our Honeymoon?
When we were thinking about a gift list for our own wedding, we realised that after several years of living with each other, we really didn’t need any of the traditional stuff for starting a new home together.
What we really wanted instead was some help with making our plans for an epic US road trip into a reality. So we broke down our itinerary into smaller ideas that our guests could sponsor, and made a website to handle the practicalities.
The site worked really well, and was really popular with our guests. Many of them found giving us tickets to Dollywood or drinks in New Orleans more fun than silverware or towels ever could have been.
Some friends asked us if they could use it too, so that was a great opportunity to test and improve the system beyond simply our own needs. When Shelley took maternity in 2006, we decided it was an opportunity to launch the site as a business and just go for it. Nearly eleven years later, it’s still going strong.
How does it work? Is it easy for couples to create their gift list online and share with family and friends?
It’s super easy to use the service, and we have a week’s free trial so you can check it out in detail to see if it’s right for you.
You can make your gift list as simple or as detailed as you like, and you don’t have to have all your plans already settled. You can use us for any destination, with any travel agent. We’re completely independent.
Your guests can choose anything you’ve listed and leave a personal message with their gift. The site helps facilitate an online payment that goes directly to your bank account as soon as it’s cleared, so you have the funds right away and don’t have to wait for a lump sum after your wedding.
We make sure that the focus of your gift list is on you and your plans, not our brand, but we’re there to help every step of the way.
What sort of things can couples add to their list? Is it just destinations or can they cover flights, accommodation, car hire etc?
The possibilities are endless! Snowboarding in Jasper, diving in the Coral Reefs, a ball of yarn for a cat jumper. If it exists in the world then you can add it.
You can mix and match open contributions towards your basic expenses with unique individual items and group gifts for while you’re there. There’s a ton of flexibility, but it’s really easy to put together, and you can make changes at any time.
You can even have a totally simple honeymoon fund where your guests can contribute any amount they wish — and leave you a suggestion on how to spend it!
Do you offer any bespoke packages for couples who don’t have the time to compile their own list?
Yes, we offer a service called Helping Hand. If you let us know where you are going, we’ll add lots of suggestions to your list to save you the time of having to research everything yourself. You can then edit the items to personalise them for you, and of course you can add extra ideas of your own.
How can guests pay for the gifts they’ve bought? Do you accept different currencies?
We offer a variety of different gift payment options, so you can choose exactly how you’d like to set this up. As well as card payments, we’re the only wedding list service to offer gift payments by Direct Debit. We don’t take our fee from the gifts you receive, and you can even avoid online payments completely if you prefer.
We’re also uniquely flexible for couples with international families. You can display your list in multiple currencies, multiple languages and even target different gift payment options based on where your guests are located.
If our readers were to organise their gift list with Buy Our Honeymoon, what sort of service can they expect?
Buy Our Honeymoon is our own small business — it’s like our third child, and it means the world to us. We will answer your queries first thing in the morning and last thing at night, 7 days a week. If something is urgent, we’ll drop everything to take care of it.
And we’re always more than happy to consider requests for new features. If we think it’s something that would benefit other couples too, we’ll make it happen. We want our baby to do well and that means keeping our customers happy!
Finally, what’s your quote/motto at Buy Our Honeymoon?
Less stuff, more memories. If you don’t need traditional department store gifts, our service means that you can get cash gifts towards your honeymoon instead, in a way that’s still personal, meaningful and romantic for your guests.
Also: just give us a shout! Our job is to look after both you and your guests!
To find out more, visit www.buy-our-honeymoon.com or call 0345 224 0189. And if you use code FESTIVALBRIDES when you sign up for your free trial, Buy Our Honeymoon will take a massive 20% off their normal £55 one-off fee!
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