I am marrying my beautiful fiancée on 29th November 2014 journeying from bachelorhood to marriage which I am assured is not easy by any measure (yes, I am nervous). So much for that, the day is planned out for the awesomely cold Canada where she resides and I will be travelling there from Australia. We currently live apart (soon to be rectified pending visa applications after the marriage ceremony bla bla bla). It has taken quite some time to raise money for the flight and the small ceremony we will have but we have managed to do so within our means. Like many couples out there we do our best to work hard to make sure life is bearable and to the greater extent we are able to meet the bills with a little left behind. We couldn’t ask for more blessings beyond that.
The wonderful woman involved
She is a hard worker (quite literally). She works overnight and attends college from morning to afternoon which leaves very little time for much else except sleep. All this without as much as a complaint. It is part of what I love about this wonderful woman. She continues to apply herself even in situations other may have completely given up. She has been on this schedule since May and sometimes I wish I could do much more than I can to ease the pressure. As the future mother of our kids, she holds the dearest place in my heart and I can never thank her enough for me being the man I am today. Her patience and love are unrivalled especially considering that I am only human with mistakes. It takes someone very special to be able to handle your worst traits and love you through them while working to always enhance your best. This is the kind of woman I have been blessed with in my life. I could go on and on about the person she is and her wonderful being but let me work on that some other time :)
She has no idea that I am doing this (I want to surprise her) but here goes…
We won’t be able to have a honeymoon firstly because she cannot skip school (which means we only have the weekend to make that happen) and it will be too costly for us. We have spoken about all this and I know the one thing she really wants and that is to have a weekend getaway. Away from the daily life. Away from work. Away from school. Away from home. I want to give her that weekend to relax and serve as a reminder that besides the busy day to day there is more to life. I want her to feel that simple beauty. I want her to feel like the luckiest woman in the world. The place she would like to visit? The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. The fact is it is way too pricey for anything I could afford especially after the wedding preparation costs. Although it is in downtown Edmonton which you cannot consider much of a getaway, at least she can have a couple of days away from home and being spoilt.
Here is what I would like to do for her:
- Book 3 nights at The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) as a mini romantic getaway
- Get her a lovely bouquet of flowers from Panda Flowers delivered to the hotel room (have used the Panda guys before and they have great service)
- Take her to dinner at her favourite restaurant, Pampa Steakhouse (where we had dinner after our engagement)
- Spoil her with a massage on Sunday 30th November so that she can relax (because on Monday morning it’s back to school!)
I have saved up enough money for flowers and the dinner which I am organising but I definitely cannot afford the prices at the Fairmont and the massage might stretch the pockets a fair bit so that is up in the air at the moment. This is why this campaign means a lot to me. I have intent but I have no way of finding a little over a thousand dollars in this short space of time. I had initially given up on the whole thing then thought maybe, just maybe, crowdfunding might be the answer! I may not be able to do much in my capacity I want to give her this one gift of a mini honeymoon at the hotel she has dreamt of visiting for so long.
This gift would be the least I could do, a gesture of love and thanks to cater to her beautiful heart.
Hotel Costs: $329.00CAD per night Medium Tier Package x 3 = $1,092.62CAD
Exchange rate factor
The prices I was quoted obviously were in Canadian Dollars and I have to factor that in for Australian Dollars (the amount I hope to raise the funds in).
My top priority is obviously the hotel booking BUT if i manage to raise beyond the goal with everyone's help then I will follow through on the entire plan (and more).
If i manage to raise the goal amount or more then I will create an instagram account to share pictures of our wonderful day and the entire weekend with everyone that has made a donation and a Twitter account to share the experience as well as personally send a thank you card to everyone.