Along with that anticipation comes plenty of planning. Couples must decide on everything from when and where to get married to whom to invite and where to register. Traditionally, wedding registries have allowed couples to guide guests toward the perfect wedding gift for their home. However as couples’ needs have changed over the years, so have gift registries.
Take for example, Sarah and Patrick who, like many of today’s couples, had already lived together before walking down the aisle. When it came time to fill out a registry, Sarah and Patrick were at a loss as to what to list, realizing their household wasn’t really in need of anything.
“We already lived together and had all the kitchen gadgets, towels and bed sheets we could possibly need,” says Sarah.
Sarah and Patrick’s dilemma wasn’t unique, and neither was their eventual solution. After the rigors of planning a wedding, they were eager for the hard-earned respite that every couple longs for: their honeymoon.
But as the economy has struggled, so, too, have many couples planning a dream honeymoon. With their hearts set on a Costa Rican getaway, Sarah and Patrick were unsure if they could afford the trip they had been looking forward to for months and months. However, Sarah and Patrick soon discovered
Honeyfund.com, an online honeymoon registry catering to couples who could use some help planning and paying for their perfect honeymoon.
“Our true passion is traveling, but we typically do it ‘budget’ style,” says Sarah. “A honeymoon registry allowed us to travel in a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ kind of way.”
Wedding guests can conveniently choose from a host of activities listed by the newlyweds themselves. From dinners and hotels to ferry and gondola rides, even airline and train tickets, Honeyfund enables cash-strapped newlyweds to get the R&R they deserve while ensuring guests’ gifts are being put to good use.
What’s more, many couples find registering for their honeymoon is both fun and makes for a better honeymoon. In fact, that popularity is growing faster than ever according to a report from online wedding resource TheKnot.com, which showed that online Honeymoon registrants increased 50 percent from 2008 to 2009.
Adding to the appeal of Honeyfund.com is that the site is free, making it quite possibly the only thing a couple can do when it comes to planning a wedding that won’t force them to get out their checkbooks.
“It was the perfect option for receiving gifts that we needed and could really use,” says Robert, who took his new bride, Kili, as well as an extra $5,300 earned from their Honeyfund.com registry on a Mediterranean Cruise. “Kili is from California and I am from Washington, D.C. Because of Honeyfund our guests didn’t have to lug gifts cross-country or worry about shipping. And we didn’t have to make one return or worry about lost gift receipts.”
In addition to making it easy on couples, Honeyfund.com also makes it easy on guests, who can pay via PayPal or simply print a Honeyfund certificate to include with their wedding cards.
“Our guests loved it,” says Denise, who along with her husband, Andy, enjoyed a dream honeymoon in Fiji. “Their response was overwhelmingly positive and they enjoyed reading about what we planned to do on our honeymoon — really cool activities like bungee jumping, white water rafting, a helicopter ride, Americas Cup sailing adventure, etc.”
Couples are even counseled on etiquette with respect to requesting financial gifts. Online gift tracking also enables couples to manage their gift payments and thank you notes, ensuring the process will go as smoothly as possible.