Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Honeymoon Registration

With more and more people getting married later in life, there is less of a need to register for the typical gifts: toaster, mixer, blender, dishes, etc.  At a certain point, most people already have these things.  So then what do you register for?


My friend Emily sent me an article from CNN with a great new idea.  Why not register for your honeymoon?   Rather than getting materials things you don't really need, set up an account where people can donate to your honeymoon fund and honeymoon travel.  Ingenious, right?

There are several sights (one example being The Honeymoon) where you can set up an account that details your honeymoon.  In doing so you outline an itinerary that will divided the trip into increments covering things like airfare, hotel stays and activities (i.e. massages, dinner on the beach, a zip line through the jungle) that people can donate towards. 


If you decide to go this route, here are a few tips from Amy Eisinger, editor of WeddingChannel.com (and from the CNN article):
• Choose at least one store registry to give guests the option of a more traditional gift
• Register for your honeymoon through a website. Sending a card or putting a note on your wedding site asking directly for contributions would be considered tacky, she said. (WeddingChannel partners with honeymoon registry site Traveler's Joy.)
• Read the fine print on honeymoon registries; make sure the fees are very clear.
• Try to avoid extensive itemizing. Couples who register for travel are generally more established and might want to stick to airfare, hotels and major excursions.
• Put yourself in your guests' shoes; what would you feel comfortable buying for them?

So, if you don't want to register for a bunch of things you don't need - here's a great option!  Happy honeymooning!

9 comments:

  1. I've heard about people doing this but never knew there were actual sites for it. Perfect. We've been living together for so long that we already have our basics. Thank you!

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  2. This is a really good idea. So beautiful.

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  3. We actually did this when we got married in 2008. It worked out very well but I did find most people just gave us cash (which we used for the honeymoon). I think by registering for your honeymoon you send a message that you have all the house things you need and would prefer a monetary contribution... like asking for money without directly asking for money.

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  4. Hi there! We're a honeymoon registry service based in the UK.

    When we saw Amy's suggestion that couples should "avoid extensive itemization" we were agog! On the contrary — the more personalized, detailed and romantic you can make your registry, the more your guests will engage with the idea, and feel that they're giving you a real, concrete gift instead of an anonymous pot of cash.

    We wrote a blog post ourselves on that very topic:

    http://blog.buy-our-honeymoon.com/2011/06/22/unusual-and-wonderful-registry-gifts/

    Her other points are spot-on, though!

    Thanks so much for a great post on this topic.

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  5. Thanks for the follow-up information Andrew!

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  7. hmm we can say it could be a good idea for honeymoon thank you so much

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