Baby, it’s cold outside!

Baby, its cold outside!

Are beach honeymoons overrated??? Well… probably not, they’re pretty great actually… but is the sun-kissed, salt-tanged vibe the only way to go for a wonderful honeymoon? We think not! And so we’d like to dedicate this blog-post to the Winter Wonderland Honeymooners out there, with…

5 Great Reasons to Honeymoon in Winter!

  1. Snuggling up together. Nothing like the cooler weather to give you a great reason to share body warmth with your loved one!
  2. Open fireplaces. They flicker mesmerisingly. They crackle gently in an otherwise silent room. And they provide an outlet for the low-level arsonist tendencies of the modern male. What’s not to love?
  3. Mulled wine. You just don’t get enough reasons to make this stuff in your day to day life, but it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
  4. Hot tubs. Enough said.
  5. Skiing (or snowboarding; whatever works for you). After all, how much time can one couple spend lazing around being loved-up?! Skiing gives you a fantastic opportunity to get your daily buzz on your holiday (as well as some healthy exercise!) and then snuggle up with your newly-minted spouse in front of a crackling fireplace in the evening. And don’t forget your glass of mulled wine!

Winter weddings are often cheaper too, and you may find it tricky planning dates for both the wedding and the honeymoon that fall into a particular time of year if you’re going overseas (if so, you might want to take a look at our post on When To Travel).

So there you have it – the alternative to the beach shack you maybe hadn’t considered, but perhaps you should! Check out our sample registry for more ideas, or click here for more info on creating your own honeymoon registry. Happy planning!

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

Baby, its cold outside!

Are beach honeymoons overrated??? Well… probably not, they’re pretty great actually… but is the sun-kissed, salt-tanged vibe the only way to go for a wonderful honeymoon? We think not! And so we’d like to dedicate this blog-post to the Winter Wonderland Honeymooners out there, with…

5 Great Reasons to Honeymoon in Winter!

  1. Snuggling up together. Nothing like the cooler weather to give you a great reason to share body warmth with your loved one!
  2. Open fireplaces. They flicker mesmerisingly. They crackle gently in an otherwise silent room. And they provide an outlet for the low-level arsonist tendencies of the modern male. What’s not to love?
  3. Mulled wine. You just don’t get enough reasons to make this stuff in your day to day life, but it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
  4. Hot tubs. Enough said.
  5. Skiing (or snowboarding; whatever works for you). After all, how much time can one couple spend lazing around being loved-up?! Skiing gives you a fantastic opportunity to get your daily buzz on your holiday (as well as some healthy exercise!) and then snuggle up with your newly-minted spouse in front of a crackling fireplace in the evening. And don’t forget your glass of mulled wine!

Winter weddings are often cheaper too, and you may find it tricky planning dates for both the wedding and the honeymoon that fall into a particular time of year if you’re going overseas (if so, you might want to take a look at our post on When To Travel).

So there you have it – the alternative to the beach shack you maybe hadn’t considered, but perhaps you should! Check out our sample registry for more ideas, or click here for more info on creating your own honeymoon registry. Happy planning!

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Crossing to the dark side: those who nap through jetlag

Crossing to the dark side: those who nap through jetlag

This may well be the most controversial blog post I will ever write, because as everyone knows, you don’t do it. You don’t ever take a nap in the middle of the day if you have jetlag, you stay awake until whenever night time is in the country you have flown to.

So here’s my confession: I nap. On purpose. And I highly recommend it!

Why? Well, let me talk you through my jetlagged history. The first time I ever flew across so many timezones that I arrived at my destination the day before I left, I held to the maxim that one does not nap during the day if one is jetlagged. Unfortunately, we’d arrived in Rome at 6am, leaving a yawning gulf of time between touch down and sleep time. All the same, I bravely battled on despite having achieved only about 2 hours of broken sleep on a plane over the past 24 hours. I began the day with less than ideal muscle co-ordination, tripping over cobblestones, my own shoes, and, once, a parked scooter. The day wore on, and I ignored my aching limbs and red, throbbing eyes to feign interest in various statues and fountains in an attempt to distract myself until bedtime. Exhausted from my ongoing efforts to remain upright, I checked my watch. Roughly fifteen minutes had passed.

And that’s when it dawned on me: no good could come out of this day while I was so thoroughly dysfunctional. I was wasting an entire precious day of my holidays! And why? Because “The Rule” is that you don’t nap when you have jetlag. Well, I thought, it’s my holiday and I’ll nap if I want to. And so I napped... and then I enjoyed the rest of the afternoon, and slept that night as per normal!

There is, however, a careful technique that I follow when engaging in this most dangerous of first-world-problem pursuits.

  1. Don’t oversleep. It’s a power-nap only. Set the alarm on your phone to maximum loudness. Allow yourself no more than 20-40 minutes on the clock (depending on just how bad the calibre of sleep on your flight was)
  2. If necessary, set a second alarm to go off at the same time, and place it a couple of metres away so you have to get up to turn it off.
  3. This is the tricky bit: when the alarm goes off YOU GET OUT OF BED. DO NOT PRESS SNOOZE. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF EVEN A MOMENT LONGER TO REST.
  4. Immediately go and take a hot shower. This is necessary because it prevents you from falling back asleep, makes you feel a bit less crappy, and also gets you clean.
  5. Coffee. Strong. Black, if you can take it.
  6. HAPPINESS!!!

I should be honest here, and say that when that alarm goes off after 40 minutes you will be dragged from the murkiest depths of unconsciousness and you will not feel remotely like getting out of bed. Your brain will try to tell you that you need more sleep, and your brain will be very persuasive about this, BUT this groggy phase passes in about 15-20 minutes, after which time you will feel completely non-jetlagged! And in doing so, you’ll have gained back a whole day from your holiday that would otherwise be spent moping around willing the day to be over.

So. I nap through jetlag. And have not, to date, been struck by lightning for so doing. Just a little idea to roll around while you’re planning your honeymoon, folks. Check out our sample registry for more ideas, or check out our home page for more info on how Our Honeymoon Registry works. Happy planning!

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Crossing to the dark side: those who nap through jetlag

Crossing to the dark side: those who nap through jetlag

This may well be the most controversial blog post I will ever write, because as everyone knows, you don’t do it. You don’t ever take a nap in the middle of the day if you have jetlag, you stay awake until whenever night time is in the country you have flown to.

So here’s my confession: I nap. On purpose. And I highly recommend it!

Why? Well, let me talk you through my jetlagged history. The first time I ever flew across so many timezones that I arrived at my destination the day before I left, I held to the maxim that one does not nap during the day if one is jetlagged. Unfortunately, we’d arrived in Rome at 6am, leaving a yawning gulf of time between touch down and sleep time. All the same, I bravely battled on despite having achieved only about 2 hours of broken sleep on a plane over the past 24 hours. I began the day with less than ideal muscle co-ordination, tripping over cobblestones, my own shoes, and, once, a parked scooter. The day wore on, and I ignored my aching limbs and red, throbbing eyes to feign interest in various statues and fountains in an attempt to distract myself until bedtime. Exhausted from my ongoing efforts to remain upright, I checked my watch. Roughly fifteen minutes had passed.

And that’s when it dawned on me: no good could come out of this day while I was so thoroughly dysfunctional. I was wasting an entire precious day of my holidays! And why? Because “The Rule” is that you don’t nap when you have jetlag. Well, I thought, it’s my holiday and I’ll nap if I want to. And so I napped... and then I enjoyed the rest of the afternoon, and slept that night as per normal!

There is, however, a careful technique that I follow when engaging in this most dangerous of first-world-problem pursuits.

  1. Don’t oversleep. It’s a power-nap only. Set the alarm on your phone to maximum loudness. Allow yourself no more than 20-40 minutes on the clock (depending on just how bad the calibre of sleep on your flight was)
  2. If necessary, set a second alarm to go off at the same time, and place it a couple of metres away so you have to get up to turn it off.
  3. This is the tricky bit: when the alarm goes off YOU GET OUT OF BED. DO NOT PRESS SNOOZE. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF EVEN A MOMENT LONGER TO REST.
  4. Immediately go and take a hot shower. This is necessary because it prevents you from falling back asleep, makes you feel a bit less crappy, and also gets you clean.
  5. Coffee. Strong. Black, if you can take it.
  6. HAPPINESS!!!

I should be honest here, and say that when that alarm goes off after 40 minutes you will be dragged from the murkiest depths of unconsciousness and you will not feel remotely like getting out of bed. Your brain will try to tell you that you need more sleep, and your brain will be very persuasive about this, BUT this groggy phase passes in about 15-20 minutes, after which time you will feel completely non-jetlagged! And in doing so, you’ll have gained back a whole day from your holiday that would otherwise be spent moping around willing the day to be over.

So. I nap through jetlag. And have not, to date, been struck by lightning for so doing. Just a little idea to roll around while you’re planning your honeymoon, folks. Check out our sample registry for more ideas, or check out our home page for more info on how Our Honeymoon Registry works. Happy planning!

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Adding your own choice of photos to your registry

Adding your own choice of photos to your registry

Weddings should be beautiful. It is a truth universally acknowledged! That’s why at Our Honeymoon Registry, we’ve worked so hard to make our registries the most beautiful in the business, laden with stunning images to capture the essence of what you want your honeymoon to look like (and make all your guests jealous!!!).

Since it is such a personal aspect of what you dream of in a honeymoon, it was important to us that people making their registries would be able to personalise it and can choose which images they want to use throughout. You might like some or all of the images we suggest for you (that’s the much quicker option), but it’s fun to put in at least some of your own choosing.

Some tips on choosing images for the main welcome screen:

  • This is a big screen shot so you really do need a high resolution photo. Shots from phones invariably come out grainy and dull in tone. It’s worth getting a good, clear photo for this one, because when you get it right, it’s a stunning sight to dazzle your guests with.
  • Look for images with a lot of “clear space”. The text (if you choose to have text) will take up a portion of the screen and for ease of reading, it’s good to have a background which isn’t too busy. Visually, these big shots with one clear focal point also pack the biggest punch, even without text.
  • Any image of the two of you which is high resolution and has a lot of clear spaces (think big skies, sandy beaches, brick walls, fields of grass, etc) looks great. Some options that might work for you include:
    • An image from a professional photo shoot, if you went for this option when you got engaged
    • An image of the two of you in a place which is special to you, like the place you met, a favourite holiday spot or where the proposal took place
    • A pic of your honeymoon destination
    • A pic of your wedding venue, for example if it’s going to be in a beautiful garden, or at the beach
    • An element from your wedding invitation

... and now for some tips on choosing images for the gift items:

  • The images will all be resized into a landscape style rectangle, so if you choose a portrait style image it’s likely to look oddly compressed when it shows up on your registry. If you really want to use a particular portrait style image, think about cropping it down using software like photoshop or picmonkey (www.picmonkey.com).
  • The final size of the image will be up to 480 pixels high depending on which layout you choose (the width will be adjusted to stay in proportion with the height), so if your image is smaller than this, it’s also likely to become distorted and grainy when it shows up on your registry.
  • It can be nice to use a literal representation of the gift if you know exactly what you want (eg, if you’ve chosen a specific luxury hotel, sometimes you can use actual images from their website, often for accommodation, but also spa treatments, and restaurant meals), OR
  • Sometimes people like to be a bit whimsical in their choice of pictures, such as:
    Adding your own choice of photos to your registry

    Scuba diving lessons

    Adding your own choice of photos to your registry

    Transportation around the island

    Adding your own choice of photos to your registry

    Donation to charity for saving endangered animals

Check out our sample registry for more ideas, or click here for more info on creating your own honeymoon registry. Happy planning!

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