In a post credit crunch world where many prospective newlyweds are having to tighten their belts, multi award-winning Peak District hotel and restaurant East Lodge in Rowsley is offering happy couples everywhere the option of a magical ‘mini-moon.’
Better known formerly as ‘Romance’ packages, the term ‘mini-moon’ is entering the dictionary of wedding terminology for any short break that is taken immediately after the wedding; while the more traditional fortnight holiday overseas is taken at a more convenient time once the happy couple has settled into their married life together.
The marriage ceremony itself can naturally represent a significant investment; many couples therefore want to spend their full budget on the celebrations and increasingly may not have the time or funds immediately available for the traditional dream fortnight in the sun - so are mini-mooning instead!
The advantage of the mini-moon lies in couples having some quality time together after the marriage, while at the same time postponing the expense of a major honeymoon abroad for later. This can be ideal for those who may be moving into a new home, or in today’s cash strapped climate, to ease the financial pressures by deferring the honeymoon for later. It also provides another event to look forward to, splitting one event into two and reducing pre-nuptial stress.
Critics have described the mini-moon as a cheap option or not as satisfying as the traditional big break away, but as Iain Hardman, director of East Lodge explains, this all depends on the venue chosen and the fact that a mini-moon doesn’t have to be instead of a honeymoon.
“At East Lodge, a short break doesn’t mean compromising. A mini-moon can be every bit as exclusive and indulgent as a longer honeymoon abroad, it is really just a matter of getting the location and ambience right,” explained Iain. “Furthermore, we are finding that couples do still tend to honeymoon later on, sometimes as late as two or three years after the wedding. With mini-moons it’s all about finding the ultimate venue and settling down very quickly to a few days of rest and relaxation together. Many coupes are planning the ‘big holiday’ for later, but you still do need that bit of pampering and wind down time after any wedding and East Lodge excels at that.”
Set in ten acres of its own grounds in the heart of the Peak District, East Lodge is the perfect location for a mini-moon. A secluded, exclusive country retreat oozing country house charm, even if not fortunate enough to be celebrating your own wedding exclusively at East Lodge, a mini-moon can be the ideal taster of what East Lodge has to offer: the venue also boasts one of the finest restaurants in the country and the region, ensuring that your mini-moon will be full of magic moments you will both remember forever.
“A number of couples who choose one of our Exclusively Yours wedding packages choose to stay on for a mini-moon at the hotel,” added Iain. “More and more people are choosing a short break immediately after marriage and it’s a trend that has led us to offer our mini-moons not only to people enjoying their own big day at East Lodge, but to anyone who is getting married. We have full internet access in every room, so the happy couple can relax while surfing for the options for the main honeymoon later on!”
East Lodge is owned by the Hardman family and has picked up a number of important accolades in recent years; East Lodge has again achieved the coveted AA “Inspectors’ Choice” accolade with three red stars for 2009/10, placing it within the top 150 hotels in the UK. East Lodge was named “Small Hotel of the Year 2008/09” at the East Midlands Tourism awards, and then went on to become a silver Winner as “Hotel of the Year 2009/10” at the national finals - renowned as the tourism Oscars. In 2007/08 East Lodge was named “Derbyshire Restaurant of the Year” and also scooped the Condé Nast Johansens “Most excellent service” & “Readers choice” awards.