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This post comes from a real-life day-of wedding coordinator , Elisabeth Kramer, about the tips and advice she shares with her clients.

“Do we have to register?” It’s one of the most common questions I hear as a day-of wedding coordinator. I’ve already mentioned why people ask this and how we should address that problem, and as much as I’d love a world where registries go the way of the dodo, I don’t think your grandma would understand.

So what’s an engaged couple to do? Get crazy at Crate and Barrel or risk hurt feelings? Thankfully, today’s couples have options when it comes to skipping the traditional registry. Among them: Honeyfund.

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I first heard of Honeyfund when a cousin got married and my parents bought him part of a BBQ, a happy hour for his honeymoon, and a portion of a home office. That’s the idea behind the site: Couples pick what they want and their guests decide how much they contribute toward each goal.

Honeyfund started in 2006 as a way to crowdsource funds for a honeymoon. The 800,000-plus couples who’ve used it since do often ask for a trip. But more often it’s for help with a down payment or a request to contribute to the wedding.

Note: Try Honeyfund’s Zero Fee option. Redeem your Honeyfund balance in the form of gift cards with an extensive list of top-notch various Honeyfund partners like Amazon, Uber, Delta and more.

This originally appeared on Unwed: Not Your Typical Wedding Blog. There you’ll also find a Q&A series with women who’ve planned their weddings and a series about nontraditional wedding planning resources.
Author bio: Elisabeth Kramer is a day-of wedding coordinator and writer based in the Pacific Northwest. Read more about her work.
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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

There are so many things to consider when planning your wedding, so here are some of my favourite tips for saving you time, money and adding that little something extra to your special day… Don’t forget to set up  honeymoon registry to help make your dream a reality.

Key Wedding Tips To Remember

Attendees at wedding

1) Choosing your suppliers

Have a list of key questions when you meet potential suppliers so you don’t forget to ask anything.

2) Keeping an emergency fund

Ring-fence 10% of your wedding budget, as a contingency fund for any unexpected emergency situations that may arise.

Wedding photographer

3) Selecting a photographer

Always meet two or three photographers before booking. You’ve got to love your photographer, as you spend so much time with them on the day!

4) Wedding Insurance

Whether you have an extravagant or modest wedding budget, always, always, always take out wedding insurance!  Even the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry.

Wedding bouque

5) Throwing your bouquet

If you want to keep your bridal bouquet, why not throw your bridesmaid’s instead?

6) Enjoying your wedding flowers for the full day

You can move pedestals from the church to the reception entrance, use pew ends to decorate your chairs for the wedding breakfast and even place bridesmaids’ bouquets in vases to use as table centrepieces.

Wedding hashtag

7) Creating your own hashtag

Why not create your own # to keep a track of all your guests’ photos, posts and tweets from your wedding day?

8) Speeches

If your groom is ultra nervous, break with tradition and have the speeches before the wedding breakfast so that he can enjoy his food and the occasion!

Enjoy your cake

9) Using your wedding cake as your dessert

If your venue/caterer permits it, this is a fabulous way to save some pennies AND you can ensure that everyone makes the most of the delicious cake you ordered, rather than it being thrown away, uneaten at the end of the night!

10) Hiring an on-the-day coordinator

You might feel confident organising your wedding on your own, but don’t leave the running of the day itself to chance.  Prevent last minute panics as to whether the car will arrive, the cake will be in place, the tables are laid correctly or the band is paid and give your mum, sister and BFF the opportunity to enjoy every moment of your special day with you, by hiring a professional wedding planner to take away the stress.  They’ll thank you for it!

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Bio: Weddings by Zoë is owned and operated by Zoë Binning, a professional wedding planner, coordinator and event organiser specialising in creating beautiful and bespoke events. Located near Cardiff, she organises weddings across South Wales including Newport, Cardiff and Swansea and throughout South West England, from Bristol and Gloucestershire, Somerset and Devon and down to Cornwall. 

As an Associate member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP), she readily adheres to their ethics and strict code of business practice and is also fully insured to give you peace of mind and reassurance when booking my wedding planning services. Also trained by with in-depth courses form the UKAWP, she is very conscious of trends in the wedding industry. For more information, check out the Weddings By Zoe website.

Cover photo copyright Samantha Gilraine Photograghy

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