Post # 1
I know this can be a hot topic question to some people, but I am really curious about these. Has anyone done a honeymoon registry or is planning on doing one?? How does it work? FI and I really really want a honeymoon, but since all of our money is going towards the wedding, we might not be able to. So, I thought about looking into a honeymoon registry and was wondering what sites were the best. Thanks!
Post # 3
I did a simple google search and came up with http://www.thebigday.com/
They look legitimate, but what I’ve noticed is whenever a business hears the word "wedding" the price goes up. Instead of registering for a honeymoon (likely paying more)- why don’t you skip the bridal showers and registering for household items.
It’s highly probable your guests will bring you a monetary gift in lieu of a physical wedding present which you can put towards a honeymoon. It’s a good way to pay for your honeymoon, and your guests who are familiar with etiquette won’t raise their eyebrows.
If you feel you must register for a honeymoon, I suppose the people planning your bridal showers/events should attach where you are registered onto the invitation. For the wedding invitations you’re not supposed to include registry information- the most polite way to spread the word of the honeymoon registry is by mouth or include the address for your wedding website- you can post registry information there.
Post # 4
I am using Traveler’s Joy for ours. I looked around quite a bit and it seemed the best to me. Basically you add items/events such as a trip to the eiffel tower, set the price, for example $50, and how many units you want it broken up into so maybe 2 at $25 each. You do this for all the activities you can think of and add pictures to go along with each one. Then you just add a paragraph or so at the top explaining how it works and why you choose to register for your honeymoon and you’re done! You can also add a photo or photo slideshow and there’s a map that pinpoints your destination(s).
With Traveler’s Joy your guests can choose how much they want to pay for (for example $25 for the eiffel tower, all $50 for the eiffel tower, or $25 for the eiffel tower and $50 towards something else) and they pay by credit card. When they go to pay they can type in a personal message to you and both the guest and the bride and groom gets an email. You can take the money whenever you want (doesn’t have to be all at once), but they take a 7% cut. It’s kinda high, but pretty similar to what I’ve found at other places as well. There were a few places with lower rates but I thought they didn’t look as nice and user friendly which is important, at least for me. I think that if guests are turned off by a site or think it looks shady they’re not going to want to give their credit card info. Also, there’s one site (can’t remember the name) that doesn’t charge anything, but guests must use paypal. I figured most of our guests prob don’t have paypal and forcing them to sign up wouln’t go over so well.
I just sent out our save the dates with a link to our wedding website so our guests are slowly starting to check out our registry. So far only 1 person has bought something, but I’ve had others tell me it’s a cool idea and they think it’ll make for a special gift. I think the best thing to do is word everything well. Explain why you want a nice honeymoon over traditional gifts and describe each item so that people feel everything is important and meaningful to you.
Wow, I’m sorry that turned out to be so long, but hopefully it’s helpful. Here’s their link…
and here you can see how people have set their pages up…
Post # 5
I’m also using Traveller’s Joy. The Mr. and I just moved to Germany and we have already set up our home there. Most of our friends are flying in for the wedding and I didn’t think it be nice to make them carry stuff plus international shipping is a ripoff. This way, friends can buy us specific things for the honeymoon instead of pans that we already own.