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I have a very dear friend who is getting married today, on leap day, how awesome is that?
We were college roommates many moons ago and I am thrilled to see her so happy. Unfortunately they live in another state so I can’t share their day with them, so I thought sharing it here on Heathers Harmony was as good as I could do for now until they move back to Utah soon.
Ashlee has asked me for a few tips about planning their honeymoon backpacking through Europe and she mentioned a website they were using that is basically a wedding registry for items on your honeymoon, like eurail passes, eiffel tower tickets and a pizza dinner in Italy. I hadn’t heard of anything like this and thought it was a brilliant idea to share with you!
I asked Ashlee and her now husband, Caleb to talk about planning their honeymoon and answer a few questions about their travels.
From the beginning of our engagement we agreed that the majority of our wedding budget should go towards an awesome Honeymoon versus a huge wedding reception. Caleb and I have been on many trips together, and since a Honeymoon should be the mother-load of all trips, we knew we had to do it right. So about a year ago I started looking into places like India, Bali, Thailand and Hawaii. Comparing prices and adventure options felt overwhelming, and I started to think that another trip to Disneyworld was going to be the final decision. Then, one day I was faithfully reading my latest issue of “Martha Stewart Wedding” magazine, when the clouds parted and my mind was blown by the latest wedding trend: honeymoon gift registries. This BRILLIANT revelation was perfect for couples like Caleb and I, who already have the traditional registry gift items, but would still like to give their guests a chance to participate in their special day. On thehoneymoon.com you can create a registry tailored to the specific countries and activities you would like to enjoy on your trip. After booking our flights and Eurail passes, all we had to do was finalize where we wanted to go and what we would like to see. It was very easy to manage and spread the word to our friends and family. It’s exciting to have the chance to take a trip like this with your sweetheart, but A LOT of planning is needed! Plane tickets, inter-country travel, lodging, travel documents, packing lists and countless itinerary options can easily snowball into a mess. I was rescued by a handful of lifesaving websites: hostelworld.com, skyscanner.com and eurail.com. All of these were very user-friendly and full of useful travel tidbits and great deals. Many high-fives and shady handshakes to the brains behind these websites that helped make our dream vacation a reality! Once we had everything planned and booked, it was time to get excited about everything that was waiting out there for us to see!
Below are some questions we answered about our upcoming adventure across the pond.
Which country are you most excited to see?
Caleb: Italy- I feel more drawn to the people, food, and culture because they personify what I enjoy most in life.
Ashlee: Ireland- the Irish seem to me to be the “Southerners” of Europe; very friendly and hospitable and they have the best accents! I also have ancestors from Ireland.
What 3 landmarks are you most excited about?
Caleb: Old Trafford (Manchester United’s stadium), Colosseum and anything else in Italy.
Ashlee: The Eiffel Tower, Sistine Chapel and the Grand Canal in Venice
What type of transportation are you most excited about?
Caleb: The trains, I’ve never been on a train before.
Ashlee: Either the ferry we are taking to Ireland or riding on a gondola! That has been a life-long dream of mine!
What is (your soon to be spouses) best quality for traveling?
Caleb: She is very oriented and organized
Ashlee: He is very good at going with the flow and calming me down if things don’t go as planned.
What 3 things will you definitely not forget to pack?
Caleb: My passport, toothbrush and my iPhone.
Ashlee: I’ll be sure to bring my camera, chapstick and sunglasses.
What food are you most excited to try?
Caleb: REAL, authentic Italian food.
Ashlee: Any sort of street food, or yummy French breads
What is one souvenir you would like to bring home?
Caleb: Manchester United jersey
Ashlee: Hard Rock Cafe shirts or little wooden boxes from the places we visit.
Ashlee is one of my favorite girls ever, she has an unfailing sense of humor, never ending generosity and a contagious positive energy. I wish them both endless happiness and hope their wedding day is nothing short of perfect and blissful!
I can’t decide if I should get them plane tickets, dinner on the eiffel tower or tickets to tour the Manchester United Stadium??
Congratulations you two!