CASH IN ON YOUR WEDDING DREAMS
The bridal registry is a long-standing wedding tradition, an easy way for couples to indicate to their loved ones some of the gifts that would help them start their marriage in style. The first bridal registry dates back to 1924, when couples were mainly registering for things like china, silver and crystal patterns. Over the years, brides and grooms began registering for other kinds of items for their homes, from bath linens to garden tools. But today’s couples are marrying later and often living together first, which means their homes are pretty well equipped long before they walk down the aisle.
That’s one reason honeymoon registries are an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional department store variety. If you’re on the fence about whether a honeymoon registry is a good idea, consider these points:
- Registries are helpful, not tacky. The majority of wedding guests find them to be a super-efficient and easy way to celebrate your marriage with all the guesswork removed.
- A honeymoon or “cash registry” allows you to ask for what you really want, not just the best salt and pepper shaker a particular store happens to sell. Your guests want to buy you a present, but they don’t want to spend their money on something you only registered for because you needed another $20 item on your list.
- Experiences and memories matter more than things, and registering for pricier — and priceless — things like tours and tickets allows guests to chip in for expensive items in a way traditional registries don’t allow. 2019 Bridal Guide 101 Several honeymoon registries have popped up in recent years. Here is a rundown of five of the most popular ones.
Traveler’s Joy: One of the first honeymoon registries, Traveler’s Joy has been helping wedding guests pay for honeymoons since 2004. Couples can list and describe dinners, outings and items that guests can pay for or contribute to, and gift-givers paying by cash or check are not charged a fee. For credit card purchases, the fee is 2.95 percent plus $0.99, paid for by the gift-giver.
Honeyfund: This one is good for those whose wedding gift dreams are on a grander scale, as guests can opt to contribute to anything from a home loan to the cost of the wedding itself, in addition to the typical honeymoon expenses. With Honeyfund, guests pay the couple directly, but there is an upgrade to the registry that allows guests to send money to the couple via the website. Your gift-givers pay the processing fee of 2.8 percent, plus $0.30.
Wanderable: This free site allows you to create a customized registry website and add photographs, your story and other touches that show gift-givers a more personal look at the memories they’re helping to create for you. You can opt to receive your gifts via direct deposit or a mailed check, with a $0.99 transaction fee at checkout and a 2.5 percent service fee for credit card users, which the couple can absorb rather than their guests.
The Newlywed Fund: This digital cash registry from The Knot is another way for couples to ask for cash in creative ways, with all the beautifully designed features you’d expect from the wedding planning pros at The Knot. You can also link to your traditional registries, if you have them, and the standard 2.5 percent processing fee will be charged to your gift-givers.
Zola: This is a bit of a hybrid registry, perfect for couples who want to register for honeymoon experiences as well as items from regular stores. Zola lets you register for gifts, experiences and funds all in one place. There’s a group gifting option and price matching, so if your guest finds a lower price on a qualifying product from an approved retailer, Zola will match that price. As with other sites, there is a 2.5 percent processing fee, but the bride and groom can opt to pay for that rather than leave the added expense to their guests. A nice bonus: All remaining gifts you’ve registered for are discounted 20 percent for six months after your wedding date.