You first look at the chipped IKEA plate set in your cupboard, and then at that pic of that seaside golf course in Cabo you pinned to your honeymoon board. That’s when it dawns on you—you have a big choice to make.
Should you sign up for a typical wedding registry and aim to upgrade those dishes and the blender and everything else in your kitchen? Or do you organize a honeymoon registry and ask your friends and family to help make your first vacation as a married couple absolutely blissful?
Pro tip: Go for the honeymoon registry—your selfie pictures will thank you. Around for over a decade now, the honeymoon registry has entered a new era thanks to social media and the growing wanderlust of a new generation. Yet some couples shy away from it, feeling like it’s a cheesy way to ask for money.
Think of it this way: You’re either pointing a price wand at a 24-piece pots and pans set or a memory-making gondola ride in Venice. No matter how you break it down, a gift list is asking for money; a honeymoon registry simply asks for it in a form that leads to scrapbook memories.
And while the idea is still relatively new, your family will definitely get onboard once they understand the benefits. After all, they were honeymooners once, and they would have loved a little financial assistance during that week at Niagara Falls.
Still not convinced? Here are some additional advantages of going the honeymoon registry route.
They’re Not Just for Honeymoons: The idea behind a honeymoon registry is paying for couples to enjoy unique experiences while traveling. So if you’re having a destination wedding, it’s totally acceptable for your honeymoon registry to also include pre- and post-wedding activities.
Available for Guests in Any Location: Don’t worry—Aunt Camilla doesn’t have to fly to the Jamaican resort to buy you certificates for hot rock massages. She can easily do it online through the honeymoon registry website, which eliminates the need for guests to find a specific store and helps them avoid shipping costs. As an added bonus, guests who couldn’t make the wedding can now feel like they’re part of the party by pitching in.
Show Me the Fun Money: Every item a friend or relative pays for on your registry frees up some cash from your honeymoon budget. In fact, couples who create a registry have, on average, an extra $2,500 to spend! Did someone order a bonus helicopter tour over the breathtaking Garden Isle of Kauai?
Options for All: Is your Cousin Eddie a traditionalist who insists on buying you a stainless steel fondue set? No worries. Many honeymoon registries allow you to include physical gifts for those who simply want something tangible, which is a great opportunity to add a sweet set of Samsonite hardsides or other travel items you might need.
Using Your Gifts: This is where the fun starts. To redeem your gifts, simply make a free withdrawal to PayPal or directly to a bank account. Since the money will come in one lump sum, it’s wise to print out the registry to create an experience checklist (which also helps with thank-you notes later). That said, you don’t have to stick to the script. If your pal Emily gifted you two tickets to see La Bohème inside the Sydney Opera House, and you spend that money climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge instead, it’s doubtful she’ll mind.
Seek Out Your Guru: If you’re having trouble thinking of activities to add to your honeymoon registry, simply consult a travel agent. After all, planning activities and excursions at destinations around the globe is their specialty, so they’ll be filled with detailed ideas you may have never considered. And since they work with couples all the time, they might also have useful recommendations on which registries are the best to use.