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Yay it’s Friday afternoon, which means it’s nearly time to clock off and head home for the weekend! Before you go we have one more instalment from Kirra and Tim. Last time Kirra talked to us about finding the right suppliers. Today it’s onto the subject of Honeymoons and what a big subject it is, after all there is so much choice! Kirra and Tim are seasoned travelers, so they have already visited a large part of the world, however where to choose for that all important post wedding trip is a hard one! Today Kirra talks about their choices and also about asking their guests to contribute to the honeymoon fund!
Well hello again! Hope you’re all having a lovely January… We came back from our Australia trip feeling nice and relaxed and are adjusting to being back in the, ahem, slightly greyer light of English winter. Whilst in Melbourne we were staying at one point in Brunswick and discovered whilst wandering down Sydney Rd on the first night that we were staying in the middle of an area that was a little epicentre of wedding related shops and I mean they were EVERYWHERE! It had already felt like we had weddings on the brain with all the talk about it and suddenly we were surrounded! Very odd moment. Didn’t buy anything there, but I do (drumroll please) think that I now have my wedding dress, hooray!!! Will tell you all about that next time, but today I need your help with something… Choosing where to go for our honeymoon!
Having a good dose of sunshine over Christmas has got us thinking about our honeymoon. It’s definitely something we want to do, not only is it a kind of once in a lifetime type holiday but we have also had a pretty full on year of newbie parenthood so the idea of sleeping in and lounging around somewhere for a couple of weeks is oh so appealing right now. We have done loads of traveling over the course of our relationship and spent a lot of time geeking out with a Lonely Planet guide in foreign cities, so kind of feel like as we do get to do that with our work quite often our honeymoon should be the ultimate in relaxation.
Being able to afford a honeymoon is far from our world right now (especially after this month of tax returns, the joy of being self-employed!), so we have decided that instead of having a gift registry we are going to ask for help with our honeymoon. Trailfinders and Destinology both have the option to have a honeymoon gift fund so we will probably go with that and send out details with the invitations. In one sense I worry whether people will feel affronted at the idea of giving money instead of a more traditional gift, but it is a lot more common now and we will perhaps give the option of also going for a gift for our house and/or donations to an Endometriosis research fund, something that affects so many women around the world and is very close to my heart as without treatment for my Grade IV endometriosis we would not have been able to become parents.
If we are being given gifts into a honeymoon fund then it probably won’t be possible to take our honeymoon straight after the wedding as we will have to book it once we know how much we have, so what we are thinking of doing is having a little ‘mini-moon’ in the UK for a few days after the wedding in a little romantic spot somewhere. Maybe glamping, a cosy Romany caravan, or lovely cottage somewhere scenic, with lots of sleep and a chance to recover from the wedding buildup.
As for the main honeymoon though, from the first moment we discussed honeymoons our absolute top choice was the Maldives. We were lucky enough to take a week long holiday there in 2011 before I had my operation for endometriosis and it was the closest I can imagine to heaven on earth.
We took a seaplane flight from Male and stayed on an island called Medhafushi in a water villa on stilts, snorkelling, fishing and floating around in turquoise water. A week wasn’t nearly long enough and we left vowing that we would come back there if we ever got married. There are so many islands in the Maldives and something for every budget really so the choice of resort and type of room would be dependent on how much money we end up being able to spend. My absolute dream holiday is to one day go to an island there called Soneva Gili for part of the time and Six Sense Laamu for a few days of total luxury. I mean seriously, a hammock over the water, dolphins swimming past your dinner table?! I cannot imagine anything being able to top that. That is a pretty costly holiday though, so there are loads of cheaper honeymoon options both in Maldives and elsewhere and all are amazing.
If we find that we don’t end up with enough funds to head back to the Maldives, another possibility would definitely be Thailand. Phuket and Koh Samui are full of amazing places to stay, but some of the other islands can be cheaper and also beautiful. Having lots of beach time but also having the chance to go and ride an elephant or have a Buddhist blessing sounds totally amazing.
Borneo sounds incredible (have always wanted to go there and visit the orangutan sanctuaries) and a friend of ours recently went there for their honeymoon, but it feels like it might be a bit too far away for our little boy, whether he comes with us or stays in England having a holiday with his grandparents. Perhaps that is one romantic destination that will have to wait a little while for us to visit.
Other options we thought of were the Whitsundays and/or the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, incorporating a trip to Australia into it as well… Sri Lanka… Disneyworld (I LOVE that idea, but to be honest we will probably wait on that one and go as a family in a few years)… In one moment of indulgence we even googled Bora Bora after watching the most recent Two People One Life wedding . That would probably be beyond our budget but crikey WOW!!!
It’s all pretty exciting to think about and is definitely brightening up our chilly London flat. I’m still a bit nervous about asking our guests for help with our honeymoon, but really honestly all we really want is to have our loved ones there to celebrate our wedding with us, no gifts are expected, anything we get will be the icing on the jammy wedding cake!
If any of you have any tips or ideas please let me know, I’d love to hear about your honeymoons or plans.
Until next time, happy planning everyone!