Post # 1
My financee and I have lived together for over a year and have everything we need to run a household. What we really would like is to have a honeymoon registry where people can donate to our wedding. The problem I run into is that a few of my bridesmaids are complaining, saying they do not feel comfortable donating money to the honeymoon and would rather buy us something to have at our house. How can I get people more excited about our honeymoon registry without offending them because we arent registering anywhere else?
Post # 3
Try talking with your bridesmaids about some of the specific things you want to do on your honeymoon that they could give you as a gift. It’s likely that they don’t want to contribute to the honeymoon itself, but would feel differently about giving you an experience (like snorkeling lessons or parasailing or dinner cruise) you’ll never forget while on your honeymoon.
There’s an article on this exact topic at:
And a comparison of different registries at:
Hope this helps your bridesmaids see the big picture. If you don’t need or want “stuff”, let them know how important the experiences and the memories you’ll have will be to you. Lots of the registries have ideas about creating enthusiasm about the registry. For example if someone gives you a parasailing gift, before the wedding, talk up your excitement with your bridesmaids about the parasailing gift that your aunt and uncle are giving you. After your honeymoon, slip a photo of your parasailing experience in your aunt and uncle’s thank you note. This helps them feel like they gave you a gift and didn’t just “contribute” to your honeymoon.
Post # 4
People like getting you tangible gifts – and money can be such an iffy topic (especially in this economy). So if you arent registering in a store – be prepared for some crazy gifts you cant return! Why not upgrade some of your stuff? new towels etc? AND if you register at some place with a great return policy (say bed bath and beyond), they can get you tangible gifts, and you can return what you dont want for cash to put towards your honeymoon.