Can We Set Up a Honeymoon Fund Instead of a Traditional Registry?

Etiquette, Home & Registry
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Wedding gifts are more than just a formality. Your family and friends want to help the two of you start your lives together as well-equipped as possible! But if you've been living together for years or don't have room for new stuff in your home, can you ask guests to contribute to a honeymoon fund to kick off your marriage with an amazing trip instead of a stocked home? Our experts weigh in.

When the wedding is over, all you'll really want is a vacation. A little peace and quiet, some tasty food, and plenty of time for naps? Yes please! And that time off is even sweeter when you're not covering all the costs yourselves, which is where honeymoon funds come in. It's a little less awkward than asking for cash, helps guests know that they're contributing to something you really want, and with great sites like Zola and Honeyfund, is pretty much pain-free! If you'd rather skip the traditional gifts, a honeymoon fund is a fantastic choice for a registry — and is something guests are really warming up to.

One thing to keep in mind, though, are those more traditional wedding attendees (usually older relatives) who may either not be tech-savvy enough to get to your honeymoon fund or might prefer to give you a physical gift. In this case, you may want to put together a short and sweet traditional registry as a backup option. On your wedding website, be sure to play up your honeymoon fund by sharing details about where you'll be headed and what the two of you would love to do while you're there. Then, follow up with a quick note saying "For those of you who would prefer to send us a more traditional gift, we are registered at..." and add the link to your other registry.

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