Wedding registries used to be about fancy china and serving platters, but these days a click of the mouse means couples can register for pretty much anything they want! One of the most popular new additions to wedding registries in the past decade is the honeymoon registry. This lets couples (like you!) ask wedding guests to help fund their dream honeymoon. While it was once considered taboo to ask for cash as a wedding gift, the creation of the honeymoon registry has made it way more acceptable. But how does it all work? And what are the best sites offering honeymoon registries? This guide focuses on 7 of our favorites, below:
Helping couples create lifelong memories is the main inspiration for the founders of Hitchd, the latest honeymoon registry to be added to our list. Unlike other wedding registries where cash and honeymoon funds are often an afterthought, Hitchd was built entirely around the idea of providing the most beautiful and simple honeymoon registry that can suit any wedding style or aesthetic. When it comes to design and functionality it definitely beats a lot of other honeymoon registry options, especially on mobile (it was recently named #1 by Refinery29).
You can personalize your honeymoon registry using their large selection of gift art and photos, and easily create any experience or cash fund that you want. Just add your personal Hitchd url to your wedding website or invites, and guests can securely contribute to specific honeymoon gifts with their credit card. Hitchd has a simple one-time charge and a low processing fee (1.4-2.9% depending on country and currency) that you can absorb or pass onto your guests.
One of our favorite Hitchd features that your guests will appreciate is the ability to easily thank them with a personal message, along with an option to upload a photo of the experience they helped contribute to. (They will love that!).
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2. The Knot
The Knot just launched their brand new wedding registry, and it’s everything you would expect from the world’s biggest wedding website. In addition to a large selection of products and stores you can sync your registry with, you also have the ability to start a Cash Fund (which The Knot says nearly 20% of their couples do). Aside from the standard 2.5% credit card processing fee, the service is free. While honeymoon experiences are the most popular to use a cash fund for, the Knot says personal hobbies and wine club subscriptions are also gaining popularity. (We’ll drink to that!).
Honeyfund was expressly created for raising money, similar to a traditional crowdfunding site, except it’s just for weddings. In addition to honeymoons, you can add options for guests to contribute to things like a down payment on a house or a new kitchen or bathroom renovation. Honeyfund, unlike other sites, allows guests to give the bride and groom the gift offline which avoids processing fees. However, guests can also process the transaction through Honeyfund using WePay (2.8% + $0.30) or PayPal (2.8% + $0.30/transaction).
Zola has quickly become a go-to wedding registry option for couples looking for a wide range of gifts. We love that Zola offers such a curated, extensive list of products across so many different categories, and that you aren’t locked into one specific brand.
Zola’s “Funds” section of their registry includes honeymoon and cash fund options, which allows guests (or a group of guests) to purchase a cash fund contribution to a part of your honeymoon (like your roundtrip airfare) or other tangible items you’re hoping to purchase with their help. Guests will process their payment through Zola, and you will then receive a direct-deposit to your bank account. Keep in mind there’s a 2.5% credit card processing fee (the lowest one out there!) that you or your guests will pay (more on that in our “Tips” section, below).
Traveler’s Joy is one of the oldest and most established online honeymoon registries in the world, and has been a favorite pick for over 350,000 honeymooners. They make it super easy to add an experience or item to your wedding registry from any airline, hotel, travel group—anything!–which means the sky’s the limit when it comes to what you want to register for.
If you’re stuck on where to go or what to do for your honeymoon, you can view real honeymoon registries from couples who have traveled around the world for inspiration. Their itineraries are super informative and interesting to read! We’re already planning a trip based on several of them!).
Wanderable is everything we like about Zola, with the exclusivity of a registry site just for your honeymoon. Once you begin the process, you actually start by selecting your destination. This also serves as a great tool if you are just beginning the honeymoon planning process and have no idea what destination to choose. First, choose a location. Then you can choose one of Wanderable’s collections or just begin adding from the list of experiences. The site does an awesome job of curating real, attainable experiences that are exclusive to each location, rather than just a general adventure.
Through their Experience Provider Network they also have a collection of merchants that are highly rated on Yelp or TripAdvisor. If you choose to book your activity with their suggested merchant, you won’t need to pay any fees. If guests choose the credit card option (and you opt to withdraw the funds as cash) the processing fee is 2.5%. The money will then be sent as a mailed check or direct deposit to your bank account.
Check out our favorite unique honeymoon destinations here!
Looking for a more direct way to get those funds to your honeymoon experiences? Try Honeymoon Wishes, which has a direct partnership with 800 hotels and cruise lines. They are the only honeymoon registry tool with the option to have your gifts sent directly to the travel vendor (like a hotel), which takes the hassle out of the process like other registry websites. This option provides the tangible product that guests often look for in a wedding registry without feeling like they’re just sending you cash.
Even though you can still opt to use this site if your selected hotel is not a partner, we think the real benefit here are the actual hotel partnerships. This gives you the ability to choose experiences that are specific to that property. Honeymoon Wishes charges a 7% service fee (which we admit is pretty hefty). There is also a 2.49% credit card processing fee for guests. Even thought you’re paying more than with other honeymoon registries, you’re getting a true service (similar to a travel agent) rather than just a transaction fee. You can also take advantage of their free wedding planning tools to get even more for your money.
If you want everything planned out for you before you arrive, Honeymoon Wishes may be a good option because they offer specific experiences. If you’re looking for something in between or want to plan everything on your own, you’re better off opting for a site like Zola or Hitchd, which has more generalized experiences and flexible options. You can also choose to use the money you receive for something else. If your honeymoon gets postponed or plans change, you’ll be prepared.
Additional Things to Consider:
- It’s important to set a realistic budget for your honeymoon that YOU can afford. In other words? Don’t rely on guests to pay for 100% of your honeymoon. Have a backup plan if guests don’t contribute as much as you’d hoped.
- Our opinion? Do not ask guests to absorb any service fees for you. Having them pay 2, 3, or 7% above what they want to gift you (depending on the service you use) is asking a bit too much. Instead, opt to have the fee deducted from the gift amount you receive instead. It sucks but it’s better than asking them to do it.
- Always read the fine print on any website that accepts money on your behalf. These are your wedding gifts. You want to make sure you’re not being scammed or overly charged for things you’re not aware of.
- Some guests may be hesitant to give money towards a honeymoon because it doesn’t feel personal. It’s a great idea to include details about your dream honeymoon on your registry site, wedding website, or on your wedding thank you cards. This way guests really feel like they are part of their gift.
Looking for something more traditional? Read our review of the best online wedding registries here!