Having a honeymoon registry is a great option for couples who have been living together for a long time and don't need any more stuff in their house. A honeymoon registry is also a great choice for couples who are tying the knot for a second time or value travel over things. However, some people may find it a bit cheeky asking people to fund their trip of a lifetime.
When deciding whether you should have a honeymoon registry, bear in mind that older guests and more traditional families may not like the idea of it and would prefer to purchase something more tangible. In this case, nothing is stopping you from also providing a traditional gift registry.
What is a Honeymoon Registry?
A honeymoon registry allows wedding guests to put money towards your honeymoon, a bit like a wishing well. Registries have become widely accepted over recent years as an alternative to your traditional home ware registry. It can simplify the gift-giving process for guests and may make people feel like they are contributing towards a lifelong memory. Most major travel centres can easily set up a honeymoon registry. There are also specific honeymoon registry websites which pay gifted money directly into the bride and groom's Pay Pal account.
How Do They Work?
Most travel registries itemise out ''gifts'' so guests can pay for different aspects of your honeymoon - accommodation, flights, cocktails at the beach, surfing lessons, car hire or even skydiving. Guests pay a set amount towards one of the ''gifts'' or items.
What to Consider?
When deciding which company to get a honeymoon register through, make sure you check the fine print. Some registers have various fees or need deposits to start off the travel account balance. Some travel agencies only allow guests to pay over a certain amount. In some cases, you can only book your trip through the shop where you registered your account. Some sites allow you to download a list of who has contributed to what so you can specifically thank them for what they contributed. However, some don't.
Honeymoon Registry Etiquette
There are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to your register: Do not include registry information on your wedding invitation. Instead you can include a link to it on your wedding website. Once you have taken your holiday make sure you show people how much their gift meant. One way to do this would be to send the giver a photograph of you doing the activity they helped pay for.
Honeymoon registers are a great idea for couples who have already set their lives up - just make sure you do your research before deciding which one to go with.