With more and more couples breaking with tradition and living together before engagement and marriage, bridal registries are following suit. While some couples choose to register for household items as upgrades to their current pieces, others are opting for something a bit more untraditional: the honeymoon registry. Increasing in popularity, there are many websites and honeymoon registry services popping up throughout the country, and it doesn't seem this trend is going anywhere anytime soon. (And why should it?) So, here are a few etiquette tips for anyone considering a honeymoon registry.
Tell your story.
Most registry websites have a space for you and your soon-to-be husband to tell a bit about your story, and your upcoming travels. Be descriptive and honest, and outline your exciting itinerary. Paint a crystal clear picture for everyone of what you will be doing, seeing, experiencing, eating, etc. The more details the better! This space is also where we recommend acknowledging why you've chosen a honeymoon registry over traditional registries, and how much your guests' gifts can impact your experience.
Let people know (the right way.)
A big etiquette no-no is including your registry information on your wedding invitation itself. Please don't do this. Instead, include a link to your honeymoon registry on your wedding website. Don't have a wedding website? (We recommend making one!) You can add your registry information on an insert card for your bridal shower invitation. Word of mouth also works wonders when it comes to spreading the news of where you've registered — just be sure to relay the proper information to the right people.
Show your gratitude.
Because the gift wasn't something "opened" or tangible, it may be easy to forget to express your sincere gratitude for your guests' generosity. One of our favorite ways to show your gratitude for a honeymoon contribution is with a photo. For example, if someone chose to gift you a romantic dinner waterside, or champagne awaiting you in your room upon check in, a snapshot inserted into a thank you card is the perfect way to not only show the impact of their gift, but give them a glimpse into your once in a lifetime trip as well.
While you really may not want anything else to clutter your already existing shelves, countertops, and linen closets, understand that some guests (specifically those stuck on tradition) would rather give you something tangible, that you can have in your home for quite some time. Because of this, we recommend still registering for a variety of items you'd love to have at one retailer in addition to your honeymoon registry.
Pick up the tab.
Wedding registry website services such as Wanderable offer the option of having the registered couple "pick up" the fees associated with their service, rather than the guest having to pay. This way, your guests are truly gifting you the amount they desire to, and you will be charged the small percentage/fee when you "cash out." Also popular is Honeyfund, which operates on a "no fee" basis, encouraging gift givers to give the contribution directly to you via cash or check.