Thursday, 29 September 2011

Honeymoon Itinerary and Thank Yous

Our honeymoon itinerary was organised by Safari Legacy a company owned by Nik's cousin's wife's sister so we got a pretty good deal!  We told them we wanted to have some chill out beach days in Zanzibar after the wedding followed by some diving, then back to mainland Tanzania for a safari trip for a few days then on to Kenya to stay with family for the last few days so I can see where they live and meet some more family including Nik's Grandmother who couldn't travel to the wedding as she's 92 and it's such a long trip.  We organised our own main flights using our long saved up BAmiles but they organised all of our accommodation, safari, transfers and internal flights.

This is what they came up with:

Day 1 - Fly Glasgow-London-Dar Es Salaam
Day 2 - Arrive Dar Es Salaam, fly to Zanzibar, car to 1st Hotel - Karafuu
Day 3-4 - Karafuu Beach Resort
Day 5 - Car from Karafuu to Ras Nungwi
Day 6-11 - Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
Day 11 - Car to Stone Town, stay at Serena Inn
Day 12 - Fly Zanzibar to Arusha, stay at Kikoti Tented Camp
Day 12-13 - Tarangire Park safari
Day 13 - Stay at Ngorongoro Farm House
Day 14 - Ngorongoro Crater safari
Day 14-17 - stay at Bilila Lodge Kempinski
Day 15-17 - Serengeti safari
Day 17 - Lake Manyara safari, stay at Rift Valley Photographic Lodge
Day 18 - fly to Nairobi
Day 18-24 - Nairobi staying with family
Day 24-25 - Fly Nairobi-London-Glasgow

It was an amazing trip which we will remember forever.  As I said before, we had a 'Honeymoon Fund' as an alternative to a gift list using this poem on our invitation...

When thinking of a gift for us
we ask if you’d please consider 
contributing to our honeymoon
to make it all the sweeter. 
Our house is full of all the things
a couple could require 
and so a holiday away
is what we most desire.
Then while we're relaxing on the beach
or under the water so blue,
we'll sit back and know
that it is truly thanks to you!

When we returned we sent out thank you cards with a hand written message and this collage I made (took me hours!) of our honeymoon to thank them all for their very generous gifts and show them the 'Honeymoon Fund' was well spent!...

Come back soon for the full honeymoon report and many, many more pictures!  :)

After reading this post on Love My Dress by Anna yesterday and sharing some of our truly lovely wedding gifts, I wanted to write a little more about our Thank You cards and what we did.  As you can see from the picture of our card, we planned ahead and took along 2 heart boards with THANK and YOU written on - I had planned on putting them out with the photobooth props with the box of chalk for guests to write messages on for the photos but forgot all about it after we used them!  Oops!

Anyway, we had a few photos taken and chose one for the front and one for the back...

I chose to crop this one for the front...

I tried to write something different and personal in each card and made sure I wrote at least a full page thanking them for coming to our wedding and for their generous gift(s) and that we had a fantastic honeymoon and a wonderful time at our wedding and we hoped they had enjoyed it as much as we did.  As a cute finishing touch, we ordered these fab personalised Smilers stamps from Royal Mail!

You can get them saying Thank You, Happy Birthday, LOVE, Best Wishes or pictures....

I think they're a great idea, we once gave some as a gift for a 1st birthday with a picture we took of the baby at his christening and they used them on their thank you cards for his birthday gifts.

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