The Ultimate Guide to Honeymoon Registry Etiquette
Planning a honeymoon can be one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. Many couples dream of a honeymoon filled with adventure, relaxation, and romance, but the costs associated with planning a dreamy getaway might make the trip feel unattainable. That’s where a honeymoon fund like Honeyfund comes in. In recent years, honeymoon funds have become an increasingly popular option for couples looking to get the most out of their honeymoon without breaking the bank. In fact, nearly 25% of couples who got married in 2021 registered for a honeymoon or other cash-based gift like a home down payment.
If you’re feeling unsure about how to explain the concept of a honeymoon fund or what to say to ask for contributions, don’t worry. We’re here to help! We’ll go over the basics of what a honeymoon fund is and why it’s a great option for many couples. We’ll also give you some tips on how to share your registry and communicate with your guests in a way that feels authentic and comfortable for you.
And gift givers love honeymoon funds. We always hear from couples’ friends and family “I wish I had a honeymoon fund when I got married!” Still not sure? We have found that couples who honeymoon and travel regularly are more likely to be happily married 10+ years later. Your friends and family are coming to your wedding to support you as a couple, so they will want to help make your honeymoon happen!
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What is a honeymoon fund?
A honeymoon fund, like Honeyfund, is a modern take on traditional gift registries. Instead of asking for physical gifts, you create a registry for your honeymoon expenses, and your guests can contribute to it. The beauty of a honeymoon fund is that all the contributions turn into cash, giving you the freedom to spend the money as you see fit. Whether you want to use it for your honeymoon expenses or save it for a future goal, you decide! You read that right: you create a registry for your honeymoon, but you receive funds that can be used for your honeymoon expenses or any other savings goals.
Your honeymoon fund registry can include everything from airfare to accommodations to activities. Instead of registering for physical gifts, you’re asking your guests to contribute to a shared experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime. A Honeyfund registry allows couples to have the honeymoon of their dreams without worrying about the financial burden. Plus, honeymoon funds can be a great option for couples who already have all the physical items they need for their home.
Ways to share your registry
Sharing your honeymoon fund with your guests is just as important as making the registry! In fact, our research has shown that couples who share their Honeyfund page with their friends and family are more than twice as likely to receive contributions. Here are some tips on how to share it effectively:
In your wedding invitations:
– Include a small card with your shower and wedding invitations that mentions your honeymoon fund and provides a link or a QR code to it. Print customized registry cards from your Honeyfund account.
– Add your registry details, including your Honeyfund URL or a QR code, printed on the back of your invitations.
– If you’re going the paperless route, include a hyperlink to your Honeyfund registry at the bottom of your digital invites.
– Consider including the link to your Honeyfund when you follow up with guests via email for RSVP reminders.
On your wedding website:
– If you’re using a wedding website, make sure you include the link to your Honeyfund page in addition to any other registries you choose to create.
– Make sure to include a personal message that explains why you’ve chosen a honeymoon fund and how the contributions will be used.
– Add photos or videos of your destination to help your guests visualize your trip.
– Don’t have a wedding website? You can also use your Honeyfund page as your full wedding website. Simply add all your relevant wedding details to your Honeyfund page, including ceremony, reception, guest accommodations and more.
On social media:
– Share a post on your social media accounts that mentions your Honeyfund and provides a link to it.
– Make sure to keep the message light and fun.
– Share photos of your engagement or your destination to create excitement among your friends and family.
Word of mouth:
– Bring up your honeymoon fund when talking to friends and family about your wedding.
– Explain why you’ve chosen a Honeyfund and how the contributions will be used.
– Encourage them to share the information with other wedding guests who may be interested in contributing towards your registry.
At your wedding:
– Set up a sign at your wedding reception with a QR code that guests can scan to view your honeymoon registry. This can be placed near the gift table or near the guest book.
– During your wedding speech, take a moment to thank your guests for their attendance and thank them for their contributions to your honeymoon registry. Explain why you chose this option and how much it means to you.
And don’t forget thank you cards! After you return from your honeymoon, be sure to send thank you notes to all who contributed to yourHoneyfund. You can even share details or pictures of what honeymoon experiences the guest contributed towards. Your friends and family will love to see how their contributions led to your lifelong memories!
When to share your registry
When it comes to timing, it’s best to share your registry when you send out your wedding invitations, typically around 3 to 4 months before your big day. This will give you plenty of time to accumulate contributions to get as many honeymoon expenses covered as you can. However, if you have a short engagement or are planning a last-minute honeymoon, you can always share it closer to the wedding. This is a great option, because guests don’t have to worry about ordering anything that has to get shipped. And it’s always great to remind guests of your honeymoon fund as it gets closer to your wedding day – typically 4-7 days before your wedding, included in any last-minute reminder communications you’re texting or e-mailing.
How to communicate your honeymoon fund to guests
Now that you’ve created your Honeyfund registry and know when and where you’re going to share it, it’s time to think about how to communicate your honeymoon fund to your guests. To start, make it personal. Explain why a honeymoon is important to you and how much their contribution means to you and your partner. Instead of asking guests to give you cash for your honeymoon, a Honeyfund is a great way to let guests know exactly what their contribution will go towards, whether it’s a specific experience or activity on your honeymoon or the overall trip cost.
Secondly, use polite language and provide clear instructions on how to contribute. Thank your guests in advance for their support and let them know that their contribution will make a difference and make sure you’re sharing a link to your honeymoon fund or let guests know how they can contribute directly.
Lastly, remember to be open to questions and to let guests know that any contribution is appreciated. Some guests—especially older friends and family—may not be familiar with the concept of a honeymoon fund, so be prepared to explain it to them and address any concerns they may have.
Examples of How To Word Your Honeymoon Fund Request
If you’re struggling with how to word your request for contributions towards your honeymoon fund, we’ve drafted up some examples to help you get started. Simply copy, paste and tweak the following messages for your invites and wedding website.
On your invites:
“Your presence is gift enough. But if you choose to give a gift, scan the QR code below to view our registry.”
“In lieu of traditional gifts, we kindly ask for contributions to our honeymoon fund.”
“Join us in creating unforgettable memories on our honeymoon. Check out our Honeyfund registry here.”
“As we start our new life together, we dream of a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon. Help us make it a reality by contributing to our Honeyfund registry.”
“Celebrate our love with a contribution to our honeymoon fund. Visit our Honeyfund registry and help us make unforgettable memories.”
“Your support means the world to us. Help us create a dream honeymoon by contributing to our Honeyfund registry today.”
“Make our honeymoon unforgettable by contributing to our Honeyfund registry. Click here to view and help us create lifelong memories.”
“We would be honored if you would consider contributing towards our memorable honeymoon. View our Honeyfund registry here.”
“We are registered at: Honeyfund [+ any other store registry names]
On your wedding website:
“As we start our journey together, we dream of a romantic honeymoon that we’ll cherish forever. We would be so grateful for your help in making it a reality.”
“Our love story has brought us to this moment, and we can’t wait to start our next chapter with a dream honeymoon. We appreciate any contribution that will make it possible.”
“We’ve been blessed with all that we need, so we’re asking for your help to create unforgettable memories on our honeymoon. We’re excited to share our adventures with you!”
“We’re looking forward to starting our married life with an amazing honeymoon experience. We’re grateful for your love and support as we make this dream come true.”
While we appreciate traditional registry gifts, we have decided to ask for contributions to our honeymoon instead. This trip will be an unforgettable experience for us as newlyweds, and we would love for you to be a part of it!
“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…the honeymoon! Any amount, big or small. To our Honeyfund will help us make our honeymoon a trip of a lifetime, filled with unforgettable memories.
We know that everyone has different circumstances, and we don’t want anyone to feel obligated to contribute. However, if you are looking for a way to show your love and support, we would be grateful for any contribution you can make towards our honeymoon.
With the right etiquette and clear communication, you can easily share your honeymoon fund with guests and make your dream honeymoon a reality. Honeyfund simplifies the process of creating, sharing, and managing your honeymoon fund, so you can focus on enjoying your dream honeymoon and making memories that will last a lifetime.