Unique Wedding Gift List Service…
Do you love to travel? Are you struggling to put a gift list together, or maybe you don’t feel comfortable asking your guests for cash? Buy Our Honeymoon could be the perfect option for you!
The customisable site allows you to put together a list of experiences and activities for your honeymoon, or ask for contributions towards flights and accommodation; The only limit is your imagination!
Over to the team to tell us more…
Shelley & Andrew from Buy Our Honeymoon…
First Day of School introduction of yourself…
Shelley & Andrew Green. Married for 12+ years. Living in the suburbs but dreaming of Machu Picchu. Our service, Buy Our Honeymoon, has been the UK’s top dedicated independent honeymoon fund for more than 10 years. It means you get the funds for your dream honeymoon while your guests get to buy you a present that’s meaningful.
Tell us a bit about your HQ…
We work from our home in South East London. Andrew has his own office where he does programmy things but Shelley likes to be in closer proximity to the snack cupboard.
What made you start up the business?
Back in the summer of 2004 we were considering which department store to register with for our own wedding — but it all felt so wasteful, as we already had what we needed for our home. We loved the idea of guests helping with our epic 3000-mile US road trip honeymoon but didn’t want to simply ask for cash. Andrew is a web developer, so we put our list of honeymoon activities online and it went down a storm. Everyone encouraged us to make our site available for other couples too.
What do you love most about your job?
Having the control to make changes in response to what our customers need. We don’t need to have ideas signed-off in triplicate, and we can make immediate adjustments if we need to.
What makes you unique?
We are a small family business with an in-house designer and we have spent a decade adding little features so we now offer a myriad of options that are available in direct response to requests from couples. Our service is incredibly flexible, but it’s also super-easy to set up and use.
Who is your ideal customer?
Couples who are passionate about travel and who want to let their personalities shine through on their lists. We love couples who really personalise their gifts and add the quirky little things that frankly make us want to buy them a gift too!
What advice do you give to make sure people book the right suppliers for their day?
Go with your gut! We had a meeting with a florist who was very keen on sprinkling chicken feathers down the aisle. To this day we’re not sure what led her to believe we wanted a poultry theme. So we had to say goodbye to the deposit we’d already paid — and the next person we spoke to was perfect for us.
What inspires you?
The amazing places couples go! We’re often green with envy at the far-flung destinations people choose. We’ve had couples go to Easter Island, Antarctica, the Norwegian fjords and even Death Valley.
Projects you are most proud of?
Branching out from offering just gift payments through PayPal and partnering with GoCardless and Stripe as well. This gives our customers real variety and choice to best suit their needs. We are used internationally and this has been brilliant for couples who have guests all over the world They can find an option that works brilliantly for them — or even offer different options for guests in different locations. It’s so flexible.
What’s your top wedding advice?
Remember at the end of the day you are marrying your best friend in front of the people who love you the most. If it turns out that your table plan’s been printed wrong it still won’t change the magic of the day.
What makes a great wedding?
It’s a cliché, but just be yourself and enjoy it. All that your guests want is to see you happy; to bask in your joy. There is magic in seeing two people take this amazing leap of faith together, filled with such hope for the future. Although we all love gorgeous favours and a stunning dress, there’s nothing more breathtaking than a truly happy couple.
We’re always making improvements and changes — look at our blog for proof! A honeymoon gift list isn’t really like a traditional department store registry. It’s not about brands and quantities, it’s about telling the story of your honeymoon and really engaging your guests with your plans. That’s our focus, and we’re constantly working to make it more effective and easier to achieve.
You can check our the Buy Our Honeymoon website HERE
Or their directory listing HERE