- 8 years ago
I don’t think it’s tacky, but I do like the idea of having both a honeymoon registry and a traditional registry. Some people really prefer to give actual gifts over something they can’t wrap up and give to you. Even if you have a full home, you can always upgrade to newer and better items.
i don’t think it is tacky. If you have everything you need, why should people waste their money instead of putting it towards something that will be enjoyed?
@mikeandjessb: I am in the same boat. We really don’t need anything, we each have a house full of furniture and dishes and bedding. We went ahead and paid for our honeymoon, but do have some activities listed on our honeymoon registry that guests can purchase for us. But we also have a small registry at Macy’s where guests can make purchases as well.
Honestly, I think that when regular registries started becoming popular, people probably thought those were tacky as well: “How dare you TELL us what you want as gifts!?!”. So, do what makes YOU happy. We’re having a honeymoon registry and so far, the guests that we’ve told about it think it’s awesome. I did put a decent amount of work into it, and we’re using Traveler’s Joy. We’ve lived together for five years as well and have a lot of crap. We’re also moving in August from Texas to Florida, so we’re actually trying to pare down our stuff instead of getting more stuff. 🙂
Besides, I have always preferred gifts of memories instead of stuff. One year Fiance wanted to buy me diamond earrings for Christmas or something and I said no, I’d rather you take me somewhere, even if it’s just out of town for a day. So honeymoon registries were a no brainer for us… in fact, we’re headed to Europe for two weeks, and we’ve got some pretty cool gifts on there like picnics under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or entrance fees into Stonehenge. Much more exciting than a new toaster or blender! 🙂
I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it or how our guests would react to it but my Fiance and I have lived together for 4 years and I’ll be 30 and he’ll be 33. We don’t really need much for the house. So we put together a small honeymoon registry – not to pay for the honeymoon but to add to it. We added things like horseback riding, spa treatments, dinner off the resort etc.. and out of the gifts that we have received so far, almost all of them were off the honeymoon registry! So – people seem to really like it!
we’ve loved ours with depositagift.com plus you can register for non-travel stuff too, so we added furniture. our guests love the whismy of the honeymoon gifts (those were the first to go for us too!), but also the ability to essentially do group gifting on big ticket items. it made it so much easier for people to contribute on their own, instead of one person stuck with the bill. plus, i have to say that deposit a gift’s customer service is BY FAR the most outstanding i have ever experienced. i have never been treated so nicely or responded to so quickly.
No matter how you look at it, you are asking friends and family to open their wallets. Gift giving is evolving. Many couples getting married today already have pots and pans and food processors – why would they need more stuff? A Honeymoon Gift Registry is a great alternative – friends and family contribute to a couple’s overall experience and forever lasting memories through a trip of a lifetime. Not only is the gift giver contributing to something very, very special but when that couple returns they share pictures and stories of their adventure. In my eyes that is more special and meaningful than a pot or a pan. A recent Honeymoon Gift Registry study revealed that more money is given to Honeymoon Gift Registries than traditional gift registries. This trend proves that friends and family get more joy out of contributing to an experience rather than giving a material object.
In addition, let’s look at the dollars and cents of a Honeymoon Gift Registry vs. a Traditional Gift Registry. When you register for, let’s say a set of plates at Crate & Barrel, you are asking that person buying the gift to pay full price for that item. (not to mention shipping costs) The mark up on items like that is incredible – upwards of 200%. When you are contributing to a Honeymoon Gift Registry whether the couple is doing a DIY honeymoon or working with a travel agent/planner the couple has options of getting the best bang for their gifted dollars.
Finally, let’s look at the real costs of paying a Honeymoon Gift Registry Service. There are a few out there that are “free” but when is ANYTHING free? Those organizations are either selling your information to spammers (have you noticed an increase in random emails since signing up?) or they are littering their website with all sorts of advertisements many of which go on your personal Honeymoon Gift page. There is a second tier of Honeymoon Gift Registries like my company, SendUsOff that don’t employ these tactics to get paid. We simply ask for a small percentage of the final total of what the couple receives. Remember that places like Crate & Barrel are asking for 200% on the front end; why not pay a much smaller percentage on the back end, get the gift you really want – a trip of a lifetime – and get a much bigger bang for your gifted dollars!
Jacq Nichols with SendUsOff.com
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