Post # 1
I’m new to this website (just got engaged on Christmas!), and this is my first post, so sorry if there is already a thread about this. My FH and I have been living together for over 2 and a half years already, and have most of the things you would ask for in a typical wedding registry. I heard of having a honeymoon registry, where you can sign up through a website and guests can contribute money towards your honeymoon as a gift for the wedding. We would love to go to Ireland for our honeymoon, but we’re afraid we won’t have the money for it after all the wedding costs.
My question is – has anyone tried one of these honeymoon registries websites? Did they/are they working out for you? Or do you have any other suggestions? Any ideas/advice/thoughts would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
I have no advice but I’m interested in what people will have to say. I know this can be a controversial topic!
Post # 4
My FI’s best friend did this. People could pay for certain activities, or chip in for them, or the trip in general. I think it is a great thing. Some people may not like it, but they can pick out something else for you
Post # 5
we did a honeymoon registry and it turned out awesome. Not to mention our guests loved the idea of it.
We signed up through our travel agent and she set up an account online for us. Guests could either contribute online, or go into one of the Flight Centres and give cash towards it.
Be careful because some of them take a percentage of what people give and some don’t. Ours didn’t but make sure you find out for sure.
Post # 6
I think it all depends on who is coming to your wedding. For example, my 93 year old great grandma will probably still make us a quilt or get us china or something. My friends however, would love to chip in and give us something for our honeymoon. I would look at your guest list and go from there.
Post # 7
I just did mine at Honeyfund. I ran across a bunch of people around me (ex: coworkers, friends) and they all said they would rather that vs buying from Bed Bath & Beyone, Crate & Barrel, etc. However, I also registered for extra home things that I didnt already have or wanted to replace at BBB and C&B bc my grandmother and some of my older family disagrees with this.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2015 - Diplomat Country Club
@Annabelle426: We registered at Sandals 🙂 you just create a website and choose the activities you would like or the amount of money each person can provide in increments of 25$ and then they send you either a check or direct deposit it on your account
Post # 9
We registered at Marriott which worked really well for us, as they had a wide range of “gifts” in all price levels, plus a free-form amount where a guest could gift in the dollar amount of their choosing; they deliver the gift in the form of one single gift card, and we are not required to use the funds for the exact activity the guest chose (although we did for most stuff). So when we ran out of time and couldnt fit in that last activity, we were able to take the gift card balance and use it for a future Marriott stay.
The only downsides to the Marriott registry are that our International guests were not able to purchase from it for some reason, and they do close the registry very soon after the event unless you specifically go in and extend it.
I liked this better than getting a check or direct deposit simply because we can’t use it to pay bills or buy groceries; we’ll be more likely to actually go have a mini-vacation than if we had gotten a pile of cash.
Post # 10
We used Traveler’s Joy. They have a small fee but they allow your guests to use credit cards to immediatley give a gift. We looked at Honeyfund and if you do the ‘free’ option, there is advertising on your registry page and the gifter has to print off a page and send a check in the mail or give at the wedding…too complicated.
Post # 11
My understanding is that all Honeymoon Registries charge a fee. So essentially a guest believes they are giving you $50 but in reality it is $50 minus a fee. That just leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
Post # 12
We set one up with Trailfinders in the UK. The good thing about having a registry directly with the travel agent is that they don’t charge extra fees so you may want to look into that. I have no idea what people think of it but honestly, I really don’t care. The only thing we want is an awesome honeymoon! One friend hinted that she’d rather get me a store giftcard, though I really don’t see how that’s any different.
Post # 13
We set one up at Wanderable, which I love. There is no fee for the guests as long as they give cash (we paid a small fee to get a cooler looking registry), but the fund itself is set up so they can choose one of our pre-selected activities and then give it with a printable certificate and cash/cheque. They can also do paypal if they choose.
You can break down activities in any number of ways and we included things in a wide range of prices. It took a long time for me to research and put together all of the different events as I wanted specific things, but you can supply your own photos and descriptions – thank you Google!
Here it is as an example:
Post # 14
Thanks for the responses, everyone! Luckily I’m still in the early stages of planning, so I have a good amount of time to decide.
Post # 15
@Annabelle426: I just finished creating my Honeyfund last night! I liked making it because you can put other items on there other than honeymoon items (ex. we put airfare, hotel stay, activities, welcome champagne etc. but also put down payment on our first home, which I think you can really put anything on there towels, flip flops, donations, ANYTHING haha) here is what we put on our website so it didn’t just say hey give us money not crap we dont want!
The important thing for us
Is that you share our special day
Coming to our wedding
Would help us on our way
But you’ve asked us if we’d like some gifts
And to be honest we’ve got it all
The kitchen’s full of useful stuff
And now we’re filling up the hall
But what we’d really like
And it would be a lot of fun
Is a week or two relaxing
And soaking up some sun
So if you’d really like to help us
Then we know a place that’s cracking
Just have a look at our honeymoon list
And really Send Us Packing
Post # 16
Is there anything you can cut from your wedding plans and put that money towards your honeymoon? When we started planning, we built the honeymoon into the wedding budget so we had our flights booked before we even bought my dress (we went to Ireland, too).
I wouldn’t want money from my guests going towards a fee from a website. Plus, you’ll be surprised at how many of your guests will give you cash/checks anyways. : )