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Coronavirus and your honeymoon – our advice

by Rosie Hurwitz
Sun loungers on the beach

For couples planning a wedding and a honeymoon, this is an uncertain time. Advice relating to the Coronavirus (or Covid-19) has changed and continues to do so at a rapid pace. If you’re planning a honeymoon, and want to ask guests to contribute, but don’t want to commit to booking your trip yet, Patchwork is the perfect solution.

  • Fund your dream honeymoon now but travel when you’re ready.
  • Stay independent of travel agents and receive your gift money direct.
  • You decide when and where to book your trip – when and where it’s safe to do so.
  • Don’t know where you’re going yet? With a Patchwork honeymoon fund you don’t need to.
  • A flexible, secure, stylish, no-risk honeymoon fund for savvy couples planning their weddings in 2021.
  • Easy to set up. Collect cash direct. Keep track of gifts.

Stay up to date and keep your options open.

Couples looking to book their honeymoon trip of a lifetime will be holding back and operating on a “wait and see” basis. But where does that leave couples who have already booked their honeymoon or are collecting funds for a honeymoon? There’s no shortage of information and advice already out there, so we won’t repeat that here. If you’re concerned about how the Coronavirus will affect your honeymoon plans, do keep checking both the Foreign Office advice and ABTA. However, if you’re planning your wedding and want to ask guests to help fund your honeymoon, read on to find out how to do it risk free. In short, collecting money for your honeymoon with Patchwork is a smart response to COVID-19.

The flexible honeymoon registry: fund your honeymoon now, travel when you’re ready.

With Patchwork, all gift money contributed by your guests goes directly to you, and you can spend it exactly when and how you wish. Patchwork doesn’t hold your funds at any time. We don’t book travel or experiences for you and we don’t issue ‘vouchers’. We are independent of travel agents and tour operators, so your honeymoon money is totally yours. Patchwork simply allows you to ask your friends and family for money towards a honeymoon in a way that’s stylish, personal, fun and secure. So, whether COVID-19 blows up or blows over, you can collect gift money for your honeymoon now, and choose when and where to go when you’re ready.

What if you’ve planned a honeymoon to a country that’s now affected?

Firstly, don’t panic. Depending on where and when your trip is booked for, you may still be able to go on your honeymoon! Speak to your travel agent or airline to find out if dates can be moved or tickets changed, and check current advice about travel restrictions. If you just feel unsure and worried about the Coronavirus and decide to cancel, you may not be able to claim a refund. If you have booked the whole trip with a tour operator, you have more rights than if you’ve booked flights and hotels independently, ABTA is the best source of up to date information. With Patchwork it doesn’t matter if you’ve set up a page to collect contributions towards a trip but then change your mind. Whether you swap the Seychelles for Scotland, or Colombia for Cornwall – because all cash gifts go direct to you, Patchwork is completely risk-free.

Turquoise water tropical island

Planning your honeymoon, but worried about having to make last minute changes due to COVID-19?

More and more couples are choosing to ask guests to fund their honeymoon instead of asking for wedding gifts and with Patchwork it’s super easy and secure. With a Patchwork honeymoon fund, you can set up your honeymoon fund to start receiving gift money from guests now. Then decide where to go and book your trip when and where it’s safe to do so. Hoping to honeymoon in Japan? With Patchwork people can treat you to a sushi dinner, garden tours, massages at the spa or cocktails on a rooftop terrace. If your honeymoon plans change due to concerns about Coronavirus and you end up traveling somewhere completely different (or deciding to staycation instead) your gift money is yours, meaning you can spend it any way you like!

Patchwork Honeymoon Fund

Want to set up a honeymoon fund but don’t know where to go yet?

Then a Patchwork honeymoon fund is the perfect choice. If you use Patchwork to collect honeymoon contributions, your money is safe and secure and there’s no risk whatsoever. All gift money goes directly from your guests to you. We have 100s of readymade templates for honeymoon funds to destinations all over the world. If you want to set up a honeymoon fund but don’t know where to go yet, our new template can help. Invite guests to fund an island escape with our gorgeous “Beautiful Island of Somewhere” patchwork. Your guests can still pay for your hotel accommodation, meals and other treats, and when you’re ready, you can decide where to book your trip! So you can relax, knowing that you have the flexibility to change your plans at any time, without any stress.

Arial view of Durdle Door and ocean
Durdle Door, Dorset

Not sure about a honeymoon overseas?

We’re seeing more and more couples choosing not to travel abroad for their honeymoon at all. For the last couple of years concerns about Brexit were impacting couples’ decisions around travel and this year we have COVID-19 to navigate. At Patchwork, we love seeing people choose to do things a bit differently. We have plenty of gorgeous wedding registry ideas that mean your guests can still choose to treat you to experiences rather than pots and pans. And you can enjoy a fabulous honeymoon closer to home.

Patchwork honeymoon fund "A Year of Dates" in iPad

Alternative honeymoon idea: A Year of Dates

Instead of planning a honeymoon abroad, why not make the fun last a whole year? With a Patchwork Year of Dates honeymoon fund, friends and family can contribute to date nights, weekends away or new experiences that you can enjoy as a couple. Friends can choose to pay for you to hire bikes for a day to enjoy a day out cycling. Or pay for tickets so you can go and see your favourite band live. Maybe there’s a town near by that you’d like to explore? Ask friends and family to chip in towards a weekend away and take a few mini-moons throughout the year!

Blue Campervan parked beside water

Alternative honeymoon idea: A Campervan Roadtrip

Coronavirus or no Coronavirus, many couples are starting to realise that airport stress, jet lag and lost baggage aren’t the best way to start a romantic honeymoon! Forget the long haul flights and enjoy a honeymoon on the road, stopping off enroute to discover new parts of the country at your own pace. Use our Campervan Road Trip template to ask guests to contribute towards different parts of your trip. From fish’n’chips by the sea, to filling up the van, everyone can contribute to your roadtrip honeymoon.

Alternative honeymoon idea: Honeymoon at Home

If the Coronavirus is making you wary about booking a honeymoon abroad, why not join the many other Patchwork couples who are choosing to discover some of the hidden gems at home! Ask guests to contribute to a Honeymoon at Home Patchwork and once you’ve collected your cash gifts, you can decide where and when to make your bookings. You could book a two week trip to a part of the country you’ve never visited before. With Patchwork you can ask guests who’ve been before for tips on what to see and do! Or you could break up your honeymoon at home in to a few smaller mini-moons and make your honeymoon last longer. A weekend exploring a historical city perhaps, or a few nights by the sea. Your gift money might go further if you choose to honeymoon at home too. Check out Airbnb for beautiful and unique properties close to home.

Patchwork Cockapoo Puppy - Albie

Or let your imagination run wild

Alternatively if you’ve got something completely different in mind – we’d love to help! People have used Patchwork to fund all sorts of wonderful and unusual wedding gifts. From puppies and tattoos; to yurts and vegetable gardens. And even a flock of sheep.

Yes really.

Patchwork lets you collect funds for absolutely anything. So let your imagination go.

Wherever you choose to travel to on your honeymoon, or whatever you choose to ask guests to fund – take care, have fun and please share and let us know how it’s going! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or get in touch at hello@patchworkit.com

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