It’s weird…before the ‘Bee I never even realised that people had such strong opinions about registries.
Apparently a registry should be spread via word of mouth, and it should be for only household gifts. You should never expect a gift, and you should be thankful for that plastic flower that your great aunt gave you that says “do not display in direct sunlight” on the label, even though you’d never display it anywhere where light could get to it because it’s so hideous. (That didn’t happen to me…OK, it did.)
We’re not doing a household registry. We’re doing a honeymoon registry. We will be putting the registry details on our website and app, and we can pretty much guarantee that everyone will be thankful that we did.
You see, registries just aren’t a big deal. Not with my circle, anyway. We’ve had household registries, honeymoon registries, and even little poems about how it’d be nice to get cash. And it never offended me. Not one bit.
Different strokes for different folks, I guess, but I think the important thing is to listen to those around you. I’m in no way advocating honeymoon registries if all your guests would roll their eyes and turn their noses up. But I guess I’m saying that if you know your friends and family and know they’ll be OK with it, then do what you want! Don’t listen to strangers on the internet tell you what to do if they don’t know your family. It’s a personal choice.
Our honeymoon is going to be awesome, but there are some things we’d love to do that aren’t in our budget.
So that’s where the honeymoon registry comes in.
I’ve given money for a honeymoon before, and I happily did it, but there is something nice about giving something in particular. I think so anyway, and that’s why I like the idea of a honeymoon registry, rather than receiving cash.
I did look at Disney’s Honeymoon Wishes registry, but there was a limited choice and it was all displayed in dollars. Then I found Honeyfund, and it was everything I could ask for. I could have amounts in GBP, I could create each and every gift myself, and I could put in my own little comments!
Honeyfund is free, but we decided to upgrade for $30 so we could have a “premium” site. It means we can have pictures representing the gifts (which do look awesome), and it looked a little nicer than the “plain” one. We got to use one of our engagement photos on the site, too. Aww.
Screenshot from our Honeyfund
I put a lot of effort into this registry. First of all, Disney is hectic. We needed to make sure we could actually fit in all the little extras. Could you imagine being bought an experience only to not be able to fit it in? Embarrassing and awkward. I made sure that wouldn’t happen. My travel agent, Tammy, and I worked so hard to create an itinerary whereby all these things were possible. And if we couldn’t fit it in—it didn’t go on the registry. I would have loved to have done the Dine with an Imagineer experience, but there just wasn’t enough time. Boo.
Another thing we had to take into consideration was the cost of the gifts and experiences. I loved that Honeyfund gives you the option of splitting the cost of one gift into multiples. So for example, if tickets to Cirque du Soleil cost £160, I could turn that into four gifts of £40. This is a great idea because if my girls all wanted to chip in for something together, all four could contribute £40 each for an overall bigger gift.
I have a bunch of all different price bands, but something I really wanted to do was have some awesome low-priced gifts. I think it’s important that those who wish to give us a gift, but who don’t have a large budget, should still feel like they are getting us something really good. The “Behind the Seeds” tour is £25, which I think is an amazing value. I like that someone could still get us an awesome tour without having to spend a lot.
Did you do a Honeyfund? How was your experience?