Because couples are getting married later in life and often live together before tying the knot, brides and grooms don't always need a traditional registry packed with housewares. If you have all the essentials—including dinnerware, glassware, and cooking essentials—you may be thinking about creating a honeymoon registry instead. Not sure where to start? We're breaking down what you need to know about this type of wedding registry and how to do it the right way.
If your home is already stocked with everything you two need for married life, you might choose to create a registry where guests can contribute to your honeymoon. These are generally set up in two ways: First, guests can give monetary gifts to fund excursions, flights, meals, and more, or your loved ones can choose specific experiences or upgrades that you can enjoy during the trip. Popular options are sunset cruises, upgrades airline tickets, or spa treatments like a massage.
What's nice about a honeymoon registry is that most guests will still feel like they're giving you a tangible gift, but you're able to use their generosity where you really need it. With that being said, it's important to note that some of your family members and friends will still want to give a traditional gift, so it's a good idea to create a standard registry with at least a few items at a brick and mortar store. It's the perfect chance to upgrade items you may have, so go ahead and ask for the bedding or towels you have always wanted.
As for where you can create a honeymoon registry, you actually have a number of options. Honeyfund, Wanderable, and Zola are among the most popular, but do your research to see if there's another than makes more sense for you. Keep in mind that some of these websites take a percentage of your gifted money for their services. It's also important to make sure your guests know that you've created a honeymoon registry, and you can do this exactly how you'd share the information about a traditional registry. Include the URL on your wedding website and as an insert card in your bridal shower invitations—registry details should never be listed on your actual wedding invite.