Traditional wedding registries have their advantages. However, what if one of the below situations applies to you?
- You don’t have the funds available for a down payment on your home.
- Traveling is more important to you than 500 thread count sheets.
- You’re getting married and don’t need anything to help you set up your home.
In such cases, modern couples could use a non-traditional cash wedding registry website such as Honeyfund.com.
Honeyfund makes it super easy for couples to create an online “cash registry” for honeymoons, down payments, charities, home improvements and more. Guests can gift money quickly and easily on the site. The funds are transferred to the couple and utilized as they wish.
The website was founded by a soon-to-be married couple. On Honeyfund.com, Sara and Josh describe their own wedding experience; “Creating the world’s most popular honeymoon registry was not exactly our plan when we were dreaming of our own Fiji honeymoon. With barely the funds to finance our wedding, we needed a low-fee honeymoon registry. But we found only costly and outdated options. So we made our own page for guests to contribute cash as a wedding gift. From the surprisingly enthusiastic (and generous!) response from our wedding guests, Honeyfund was born. Today, 404,188 couples have chosen our easy and free honeymoon registry to make their dream honeymoon wishes a reality. We still proudly run the site and personally correspond with our users.”
Today, their website is the “#1 honeymoon registry”, and last year, it was one of The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” winners.
Midwestern bride and groom Samantha and Aaron decided to use Honeyfund to help pay for their honeymoon. They were able to register for airline tickets, meals, drinks and accommodations. The registry included anything that they might need for their honeymoon this June.
Click below to view their online Honeyfund registry: http://yourtravelgal.honeyfund.com/wedding/SamandAaron2015
Samantha said, “Aaron found out about the website through our travel agent. We decided to do this because it will be a year or more before we can buy a home together. We already have most of the items for our home that we would need to register for. We saved money for our honeymoon, but we decided to put that money toward our down payment savings. We like to travel and we thought having people help with our honeymoon was a better idea. This way we can continue saving for our home.”
Aaron and Samantha simply listed Honeyfund.com with their traditional registry information that was including in their wedding invitation. Once a guest logs onto the website and finds the couple’s registry, they can read this letter from the couple:
“Hello friends and family! We are honored you will share in our special day. Your presence is our gift! We’re lucky to already have a home full of everything we need, so please enjoy browsing this “alternative” registry. Here you can contribute to our dream honeymoon! Thanks for visiting and we can’t wait to see you on our big day!”
Samantha and Aaron are looking forward to their summer wedding and excited that they had the opportunity to use this online cash registry.
Other couples live together before they get married and don’t have a huge list of home items they need as wedding gifts. Often times, they already have two of everything. Instead of stretching their gift list just to fulfill a traditional gift registry, they would much rather make a memory together (thanks to Honeyfund.com) than to receive another blender!
For more advice on asking for money on your registry, read this!