With couples now waiting to get married later in life, chances are they already have a blender and all the bedding they need. That's why honeymoon registries can be a great alternative to traditional registries. Honeymoon registries essentially allow you to crowdsource your postwedding travels. Most sites give you the option to break it down by specific gifts: airfare, hotels, cooking classes, breakfast in bed, sightseeing tours—or you can ask for a lump sum.
The easiest way to get the word out about your honeymoon registry is to add the URL to your wedding website and spread the word to your family members and close friends. Keep in mind that some guests may prefer to give traditional gifts, so add a brick-and-mortar registry as well.
Even if you're not taking your honeymoon right after the wedding, or aren't going on one at all, you can still use a registry. If you're not going to go on a honeymoon but you love to travel, a great alternative is to add some gift cards for airlines or hotels to your registry. And just like any registry, your honeymoon one should be personal. So which ones are the best?
The Newlywed Fund
Not to brag or anything, but our digital cash registry at The Knot is pretty amazing. The Newlywed Fund allows you to ask for cash (and for your guests to gift it) in a more meaningful way by specifying exactly what each monetary gift is going toward. And better yet, it appears right alongside your traditional registry with The Knot, so guests can conveniently see what's been purchased and what's still available to give. Setting up your own digital cash registry couldn't be easier. Just go to The Newlywed Fund website where you can add in as many cash funds as you'd like—we even give you suggestions, or you can simply customize your own. There's a spot to name the fund and add a note to your guests about why this fund is important to you. (If you have a bigger ticket item, our cash registry allows multiple guests to contribute to the total.) Then, link your bank account so your guests' contributions will be transferred directly to your account. From there, your account information is verified and your funds go live. For every transaction The Knot processes, we get charged by the credit card company and credit card processor. We pass this fee directly to the gift-giver with no markup, so the couples keep 100 percent of the gift amount requested. The Knot charges one of the lowest fees in the wedding industry at 2.5 percent, and we don't take any commission.
Traveler's Joy allows couples to arrange their travel whenever and wherever they'd like. With streamlined registration and their Instant Registry feature, creating a complete registry takes only minutes. If friends and family send a gift by cash or check, it's completely free to use the customizable site, though credit card payments include a 2.95 percent fee deducted from the gift amount, plus a 2.95 percent fee $0.99 at checkout. You also have the option to give all the credit card fees to the guest, making all gifts 100 percent free for you to receive. From the same settings, you can also choose to have all fees deducted from the gift amount. This makes a gift cost guests $0.99 to provide. It's free to receive your presents by bank transfer, PayPal or a check in the mail. (PayPal or bank transfers typically take two business days or less.) Traveler's Joy also offers extensive honeymoon stories and honeymoon destination guides that are super helpful when looking for the perfect honeymoon destination.
Wanderable helps couples focus on making memories with their loved ones by creating stylish honeymoon registries. The team focuses heavily on registry page design, making the details of your honeymoon an expression of you, through and through. Gifts provided by cash or check are completely free. If your guest uses a credit card, there's a 2.5 percent transaction fee deducted from the gift amount. The gift giver is also charged a 2.5 percent and $0.99 transaction fee on checkout when using a credit card, bringing the fee to a total of five percent. Couples may choose to cover the 2.5 percent fee on behalf of their guests. It's always free to receive your gifts by bank transfer or a check in the mail. (Bank transfers typically take two business days or less.)
Honeyfund's platform can be used for any type of cash gift, from a down payment for a home to a donation to your favorite charity, and, of course, your honeymoon. Couples can link other registries to their Honeyfund page and splurge on an upgrade package for more design template options, photo slideshows, personalized images and more. You make your own travel arrangements while Honeyfund encourages guests to send gifts via cash or check directly to you to avoid all fees, though they can pay by credit card through WePay (2.8 percent plus $0.30 fee) or PayPal (2.8 percent plus $0.30/transaction).
It's also important to remember that fees are subject to change, so it's important to double-check the fees before you create your registry
Source: The Knot
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