An Alternative Wedding Registry–Honeymoon Registries

by TTMK on December 31, 2017 · 0 comments

The following post is from Melissa Batai

This fall, my cousin, who is 28, married her high school sweetheart.  They’ve been together for 12 years and lived together for nine years.  Suffice it to say, their home is already well established, so they didn’t need the traditional linens and plates that many couples ask for on their registry.  Instead, they joined an alternative registry that would help fund their honeymoon in Hawaii.

Although having this type of registry caught some guests off guard, I love the idea!  I’m a big proponent of gifting people with experiences rather than “stuff”, and this new trend is a perfect way to do just that.

Honeymoon Registries

One of the honeymoon registries is Zola.  You can choose between items that are on a traditional registry or more unconventional ones.  For instance, Zola has an “experiences” category where you can pick a major city in the U.S. such as Boston.  There you can register for tourist events such as a $100 AirBNB gift card or a Boston Harbor Sunset Sail for 2 for $59.  Or, if you live in Boston, you can pick something like a 10 hour home design package for $1,299.

Another registry, Honeyfund, let’s couple’s pick their destination and activities they want to experience.  A nice feature of this registry is that you can break the gifts down into separate parts.  For instance, a couple traveling to Italy may need to pay $1,200 for airfare, which likely no guest will completely fund.  Instead, they can break this gift down into 20 parts of $60 each.  So, a guest can fund 1/20th of their airline ticket and spend a more reasonable $60.

Pitfalls to These Types of Registries

As with any newer trend, there are some pitfalls to honeymoon registries.

May Be Expensive for Guests 

Some guests may only plan on spending $20 or $30 on a gift.  If that is the case, even a registry like Honeyfund may be too expensive because the price points are too high.  Try to ask for experiences that cover a wide range of price points so guests don’t feel obligated to spend more than they need to.

Some Guests May Not Like the Idea

Some guests may want to buy a traditional wedding gift, especially if they see china as a gift that keeps giving through the years (and perhaps handed down through the generations), while they see little value in partially gifting an expensive honeymoon that will be over in a week.  A way to address this issue is to register on a site like Zola that lets you register for both traditional gifts and honeymoon travel gifts.

May End Up with Many Partially Funded Experiences

One drawback to this type of registry is that you may end up with many partially funded experiences.  For instance, you may register for a walking tour of the city as well as a boat tour.  If both aren’t fully funded, you may decide to skip one, but that’s difficult to do when each is partially funded.  Then you’ll be on the hook to pay for the rest of the activity or to forego the gift because you don’t have enough money to pay for it yourself.

Final Thoughts

If you and your significant other already have everything you need, an alternative registry such as Zola or Honeyfund may be the best option.  Just beware that there are some potential pitfalls.

My Question for You

Would you register for this type of alternative registry?  If you were a guest, would you enjoy giving a gift that helps fund a honeymoon trip, or would you prefer to give a more traditional gift?

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