With summer wedding season heating up, many couples set to tie the knot are thinking about that all-important question – where to spend their first romantic trip as newlyweds. And with honeymoons being the second biggest pay-out 0f the wedding, costing an average of £3,630 (Hitched.co.uk), it’s no surprise that couples are turning to their nearest and dearest to ask for a contribution to help towards their dream getaway.
With wedding guests and brides & grooms-to-be seeking unforgettable experiences over tangible gifts, 70% of couples are now registering for at least one cash gift alongside other products (Business Insider 2018). However, this trend has been met with mixed reactions, with many friends and family still wishing they could give something a little more personal and thoughtful to celebrate the marriage of their loved ones.
Jane, Gift Guru for The Wedding Shop, Chelsea Showroom, agrees, stating:
“Although many couples are asking their guests to contribute towards their honeymoon, they are often forgetting to register for actual gift items, such as travel luggage or audio and cameras alongside these funds, which would make the perfect accompaniment to their romantic getaway.”
At The Wedding Shop, the UK’s longest established dedicated gift list service, couples can have both the honeymoon and the accompanying gifts, with a choice from hundreds of leading and boutique brands. Lists can be built entirely online or at one of The Wedding Shop’s exclusive showrooms across London – in Chelsea, Selfridges Oxford Street and The Wedding Gallery - Dublin and Edinburgh, where personal wedding list advisors can help craft the perfect list.
And because no two couples are the same, no two honeymoons should be either. The Wedding Shop has worked together with their brand and travel partners, including Mr & Mrs Smith, Original Travel, Wild Frontiers and Truly Experiences Travel, to provide the ultimate honeymoon gift list perfectly suited to each couple’s style.
Couples can register for their gift lists for free at https://www.weddingshop.com/
Enjoy relaxing in the sunshine at luxury boutique hotel The Grace, Santorini. Resting on the cliffs of majestic Caldera, the resort offers everything you need to completely unwind and refresh after your big day. The Wedding Shop will also make sure you can travel in style and have everything you need to switch off from the outside world.
Lite-Cube Spinner Suitcase, Samsonite, £449; Gift voucher towards one night at The Grace Santorini for two, Mr & Mrs Smith, £840; Wireless over ear headphones, Beats by Dr.Dre, £299.95
Experience a Michelin-starred foodie getaway in San Sebastian, all with an itinerary dreamt up by a Mugaritz-trained chef. You can also bring a taste of the gastronomic experience home with you afterwards by cooking recipes together inspired by your honeymoon
The Food of Spain, Claudia Roden, £25; Exclusive Michelin-Starred foodie getaway in San Sebastián, Truly Experiences, £1200; Bojola boarding duffle bag, Brics, £395
Explore the Peruvian Amazon with this getaway to Treehouse Lodge, with excursions including canoeing in the Amazon River and jungle foraging for an eco-friendly adventure to remember. Bring an action camera along to capture the footage of these once in a lifetime experiences and share with your loved ones back home
Go Pro HERO5 black international, £299; Treehouse Retreat for two in the Amazon, Truly Experiences, £2146; Paradiver Light Duffle Bag, Samsonite, £95
Brush up on your artistic knowledge before heading on your cultural trip to Madrid, where you’ll experience private before-hours tours of the Thyssen-Bornemisza gallery and Michelin star gastronomic experiences at Ramon Freixa whilst staying at the De Madrid El Cielo
30,000 years of art - Marshall Becker, £35; De Madrid al Cielo: private before-hours art gallery tour and gastronomic break for two, Mr & Mrs Smith, £2204; Fujifilm Instax Mini 70, £110