I don’t think I’ve worked with a single couple who lived apart prior to their wedding day. If that’s true for you too, chances are good that you’ve already outfitted your kitchen, bought the towels for the bathroom, and you have your favorite sheets already on the bed. This is wonderful for you, but creates a bit of a conundrum for your guests invited to your wedding. What should they give you as a gift if you already have everything you need? The one thing you don’t have yet is a great honeymoon.
One of the primary reasons couples hire MA wedding planners is to help guide them through the etiquette mine field, and I’m sure some of you are worried that asking your guests to help pay for your honeymoon may feel like an etiquette faux pas. Let me put your mind at rest, unless you include that registry information in your invitation, there is no breach of etiquette. It is perfectly acceptable to add this information to your wedding website and in many cases provides a preferable solution for your guests who would prefer not to give you a check or cash on your wedding day. They want to give you something tangible and more importantly something that will in fact be a meaningful and appreciated gift. Put yourself in their shoes, do you want to give somebody a juicer that they may never use or worse, create a situation where they now have to go to the trouble of returning your gift?
A honeymoon registry allows you to ask for things that you will truly love and may not be able to afford on your own. Guests can help pay for part of your airfare or accommodations, have a bottle of wine waiting for you in your room, or arrange for you to rent a jet ski while you’re on your honeymoon. Of course this doesn’t mean that you have to limit yourself to a honeymoon registry alone. You can still set up a registry at Target or Crate and Barrel for other items to further help you feather your nest. Your guests like choices, so give them that option by registering in a variety of locations.
The honeymoon registry that I recommend to all of my couples is HoneymoonPixie.com, an industry leader in providing personally customized honeymoon gift registries for engaged couples. There are lots of things to love about this honeymoon registry. It’s incredibly easy to use and in about two minutes time, you can set up a personalized registry page that shares your love story with your guests, and tells them more about your selected honeymoon location. You can even add your own photos and select from numerous backgrounds to help customize your registry page further. Most importantly, HoneymoonPixie.com will track what gifts have been purchased and make sure that you have the necessary funds well in advance of your wedding day. It truly is a stress free honeymoon scenario. You don’t have to worry about depositing checks in the bank before you depart on your honeymoon or waiting for them to clear, and since you’ll know what each guest gave you, when it comes time to write thank you notes, there won’t be any guess work involved. Just imagine including a photo of the two of you parasailing with your thank you note. Any guest would love to receive that special photo and know that their gift was truly appreciated and in fact used.
HoneymoonPixie.com is now looking into offering a similar service for couples who have chosen a destination wedding. As a destination wedding specialist, this is really exciting news to me. There have been times when my couples have opted to stay home even though their dream wedding took them to distant lands simply because a loved one couldn’t afford to make the trip. Just imagine if your guests could help fly your nana or pop pop in for your wedding, or what if Aunt Sophie could pick up the tab for the Veuve Clicquot champagne for your very special toast? Now that’s a marriage made in heaven! Stay tuned for more details as this newest destination wedding registry begins to unfold.
Until we chat again, happy planning everybody.
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