Post # 1
We’ve been living in sin for many years and therefore have no need of baking sheets and waffle irons. 🙂 I intend to put “Gifts appreciatively declined” on the invites that are going out next week since we really don’t need anything and aren’t going to register for gifts. We want to register our honeymoon instead so that those people who would like to give gifts have some guidance. Have you had any experience with this? Problems? Things to watch out for?
Post # 3
I would use a honeymoon registry. We use the Honeymoon. This allows your guests to contribute towards your honeymoon, and provides you with a tasteful way to ask for cash.
The Honeymoon gives the bride and groom 100% of what is contributed to their registry.
Just remember that your honeymoon will most likely have to be paid in full 45 to 60 days before departure. Your honeymoon registry won’t see a lot of action till right before your wedding. We usually leave it open as many guests will even use it while you’re on your honeymoon.
Post # 4
We were in the same situation, not needing any ‘homeware’ stuff.
We registered through the Australian travel agent we booked the honeymoon with. We paid a bit more for the honeymoon than if we’d booked online, but the registry was free for guests to contribute, and they could pay by phone, email or in person.
I looked at some online honeymoon registries, but they all had what I thought were quite high fees. Either the guests have to pay an extra amount on top of their gift (ie $150 + $12 fee), or the registry takes out the fee from the gift amount (giver pays $150, couple receive $138).
With a traditional registry you are paying for gift wrapping, delivery and administration, which seems ok. I thought charging a similar amount just for administration was a bit ridiculous of the online registries, and that guests might feel a bit ripped off, so we went with the travel agent option.
And yes, everyone left contributing till the last minute. You will have to stump up the cash for the honeymoon (or give the credit card a workout) and then get ‘reimbursed’ by the registry. It’s not a problem but it’s something to factor in to the budget.
Post # 5
Honeyfund.com is another site that gives the couple the full amount (unless guests pay with PayPal, which charges its own 3% commission). That’s what we’re using, but we had to front all the money for airfare and hotels. We’re hoping to have some wedding cash to spend on the honeymoon, and then if people contribute we’ll hopefully recoup some of our losses. Here’s hoping it all works out according to plan!
We’re also doing a traditional registry, for grandparents and whatnot that want the option of going to a store and bringing a tangible gift.