We’ve spoken already about gift registries, but today I’m wondering whether anyone’s used a honeymoon registry, and what you think of them?
Honeymoon registries have been around for a few years now, but they’ve yet to reach the level of popularity of the more common gift registry – perhaps because people are still wary about what is, effectively, asking for money as their wedding gift.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, a honeymoon registry works in much the same way as a gift registry. Guests are sent a list (normally held on a website) of different "gifts" the engaged couple have picked out, but instead of buying towels, toasters and other household items, they buy elements of the honeymoon. You could, then, simply make a contribution towards the cost of flights and accommodation, or you could pick something a little more tangible from the list: buying the couple a meal for their first night on honeymoon, for example, or paying for an excursion while they’re away.
With more and more people choosing to live together before they marry, and hence not requiring many of the traditional "setting up home" wedding gifts, a number of companies have clearly spotted a gap in the wedding market, and offer bespoke honeymoon registry services. Websites like Traveler’s Joy, Honeymoon Wishes, TheHoneymoon.com and The Big Day Travel all allow wedding guests to log on and purchase the gift of a honeymoon in advance of the wedding – and there are plenty more where those came from?
So, what do you think of honeymoon registries? Did you/would you use one, or do you think it’s a little cheeky to be asking your guests to pay for your honeymoon?