Why You Should Do a Honeymoon Fund Instead of a Registry

A newlywed couple kissing in front of a waterfall on their honeymoon.

Creating a wedding registry filled with beautiful items for your new home seems like a no-brainer when it comes to wedding planning. Well, not quite so anymore. More couples are opting for alternatives, such as charity donations or a honeymoon fund. Some even do a combo of all of the above!

It’s understandable why this has become mainstream. Many couples today have moved in together long before the wedding—and therefore have everything they already need. Others, especially younger generations, simply value experiences and memories over more materialistic matters.

There are many reasons why you should consider a honeymoon fund in lieu of a classic registry. Perhaps some of these six arguments will persuade you to opt for one, too?

You Don’t Have to Worry About Money

…on your honeymoon, that is. Since weddings already eat a huge chunk out of the budget, couples often have to cut costs by downsizing their honeymoon—and that’s a shame! Your honeymoon is supposed to be the most epic vacation of your life. If there’s ever a time to splurge, this is it! In fact, do it right and a honeymoon fund can even save you money. You’re going to take a vacation anyway, right? So why not ask for that as your wedding gift!

Do You REALLY Need all That?

A wedding registry can be a great way to acquire some much-needed adult essentials or upgrade the dishes you still own from your dorm days. But, if you’re happy with what you’ve got, really ask yourself if you need more stuff. And if there are only a few things on your must-have list, know that you can always shop for them later. With all the money you’ll save not paying for your honeymoon (or at least a part of it), you’ll be able to afford that and more.

It’s Easier

An engaged couple sightseeing at a tropical location.

Let’s be honest; a wedding registry takes a lot of time and effort to create. And if you’re already head-over-heels busy with the rest of the planning process, you’re probably eager to find any and every shortcut you can. A honeymoon fund is one. Instead of spending hours browsing through every china pattern and towel color, you can draft up your “must-haves” for an ideal vacation. As a bonus, there are a number of websites that can make the “honeyfund” creation process swift and effortless.

Added Flexibility

As you may know, a honeymoon fund is basically your honeymoon divided into parts. This may include plane tickets, a hotel stay, a spa night, a fancy dinner, surfing lessons—basically, anything you want! What you may not know is that all the money gets pooled into one giant virtual account from which you can withdraw as you please. (Shhh! You don’t need to tell your guests that!) So, although you may want to do a spa day on your honeymoon, what will happen if you get sick and have to cancel? With a honeymoon fund, you can always book something later as you’re not tied down to a non-refundable experience.

Thank You’s Become More Fun

A couple on their honeymoon in a small boat taking a selfie.

Getting your guests involved in your honeymoon makes for a much more memorable celebration and one that everyone will appreciate more. Sure, that teapot set may have genuinely been put on your wish list, but how excited will you be when you send a thank you card to the giver? With a honeymoon fund, you can share a photo or video of the experience with the person who paid for it. Trust us, it’ll make a much better impression in the long run and it’ll be way more fun for everyone.

It’s Just Not You

To put it simply, sometimes a plain ol’ wedding registry just doesn’t jive with you. Just because something is “traditional” doesn’t mean it’s the only way to go. So, if you’re one of those people who would rather spend your money taking an extra vacation day instead of another crock pot, by all means, do as you please!

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