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
While it was once considered taboo to ask for cash as a wedding gift, the creation of the
Joy’s recently launched All-in-One registry platform makes it super easy to register for traditional registry items or a cash/honeymoon fund (or a combo of both!). You can add items from Joy’s catalogue of gifts or your favorite store by using their app or browser button. (You can also keep track of what’s been purchased right from the app.) If you already have a registry set up, you can easily sync or link it to Joy, so guests are able to shop for your gift in one place.
But where Joy really excels is their cash fund feature. They top our list this year because Joy is now one of the few cash registry funds with zero fees. While many other cash and
Once you set up your Joy registry, you can create a cash fund for your future home, have guests donate to your favorite charity, or create a
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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 can even add gifts from other stores, too. (Personally, we love when our friends have a Zola registry!)
Better yet, Zola’s “Funds” section of their registry includes
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. You can use one of their custom websites for your honeymoon fund, and you can also use their Universal Registry option if you want to add traditional gifts as well. Honeyfund is 100% free for guests (meaning no service or processing fees) with their new Honeyfund Wallet option. The Honeyfund Wallet is a digital gift card balance you set up inside your Honeyfund account. The cash contributed to your wallet can be redeemed via Paypal, Venmo, or across 200 digital gift brands with no fee.
4. The Knot
The Knot recently launched their wedding registry section, 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 can also start a Cash Fund (which The Knot says nearly 20% of their couples do for their big day). Aside from the standard 2.5% credit card processing fee, knot cash funds are free. While
Hitchd does charge a one-time fee to use their service, ranging from $119 (for up to 25 contributions) to $199 (for unlimited contributions). There is also a processing fee of 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction if gift givers use a credit card, a fee that you can absorb or pass onto your guests. For a limited time you can use the code LINDSAY10 to get 10% off any plan.
Helping couples create lifelong memories is the main inspiration for the founders of Hitchd, the latest
You can personalize your
Traveler’s Joy is one of the oldest and most established online
If you’re stuck on where to go or what to do for your
Their service is also 100% free to use if guests are giving you money via cash, check, or direct transfer. If they choose to use a credit card, there will be a 2.95% service fee added to the gift amount, plus a 2.95% + $0.99 credit card processing fee. You can choose to absorb this cost for guests, split it, or display an option for guests to cover it for you (which would add an additional 5.9% added to their gift amount in total if using a credit card). You can choose which you prefer in the “Gift Options & Fees” section of your registry dashboard.
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Looking for a more direct way to get those funds to your
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. For fees,
Honeymoon registry sites that have since come off our list…
Note: Wanderable is no longer accepting new registries, and has partnered with Traveler’s Joy instead.
Wanderable is everything we like about Zola, with the exclusivity of a registry site just for your
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.
If you want everything planned out for you before you arrive,
Additional Things to Consider:
- It’s important to set a realistic budget for your
honeymoonthat 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
honeymoonon 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!
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