(Closed) Vacation Registry Dilemma – Your opinion please

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

There are a lot of posts on this already.. different bees have different opinions. We are having both kinds of registries so we can hopefully have *some* help for our honeymoon, but if people are uncomfortable with that, they can give us china instead. 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Okay, me personally, I’m like you–I don’t like to give cash or gift certificates in any form–honeyfund etc. So I would appreciate a small registry of items that I could provide in addition to your vacation fund.

You can also register at places that would compliment your vacation–for example, if you want to backpack, register at REI. You can register at Amazon for all sorts of travel stuff: books, new luggage, travel accessories, language translators etc. etc. Or, since you already live together, you could also consider registering at Home Depot for home upgrades.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

sorry double-post!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Personally, I HATE honeymoon registries (for both the whole trip or for extras/excursions) and would never purchase from them.  Either way , it is basically just asking for cash to pay for your vacation and that doesn’t sit well with me so I won’t support it.  I also never give cash as gifts as it is just very impersonal to me.

Obviously, there are some people who are totally okay with it.  I think if you do want to do the honeymoon registry, you should also put together a traditional registry.  Just because you’ve lived together for a while doesn’t mean there aren’t things that could use an upgrade or that there aren’t some more “fun” items you just haven’t bought for yourselves.  Or you can add some more “non-traditional” things to a traditional registry.  Darling Husband and I registered for board games, yard games, sleeping bags, etc and people LOVED buying these more “fun” type items for us.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

To me, excursion registry is basically the same as honeymoon registry, which is the same as any gift card gift also.  At the end of the day, its a usable form of cash from someone else for you to spend.  The only thing I don’t like about it is that its less personable as a tangible gift.  But would I appreciate cash or cash toward something any less?  No, I’d probably welcome it, especially if you really don’t need anything else for the house.  I would also think a guest or family would rather give a gift of cash (or equivalant) that you can really use, than to just buy a tangible gift for the sake getting one that you dont really need and wont use. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’d warn against having no registry because you’re going to end up with a lot of crap you don’t want (and may not be able to return). If you really absolutely want NO gifts, set up a charity registry.. that way people will see you would prefer they give money away in your honor and really not buy you anything. There are other Bees on here that have chosen to not set up registries as a way to “hint” to their guests to give them cash, so people will not know how to interpret a lack of registry unless you make it clear.. “Your presence at our wedding is gift enough, so please, no gifts. If you truly want to give us something, please consider contributing to xyz charity in our name”.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@MissBoston:

I admit, the 1st time I went to a wedding with a honeymoon registry I was a little surprised and unsure. However, as I’ve been to more weddings I absolutely LOVE the idea! I used Honeymoon Wishes and I received great gifts and LOVED being able to have an amazing honeymoon that we couldn’t afford!

While the honeymoon registry isn’t traditional, it wasn’t long ago that living together wasn’t accepted! Lol! I think using the honeymoon registry AND a Macy’s or other traditional registry is the way to go. Let the people that need to buy you a blender do so.

People that are traveling to be at your wedding probably enjoy travel, are excited to be a part of your celebration and would like to make your travel as special as possible. Since they are traveling, they would probably appreciate not having to deal with bringing a physical gift.

I used the honeymoon registry and people loved it! We sent “Thank You” pictures enjoying our excursion and our guests really loved being a part of making our dreams come true.

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