As some one in her early thirties (early), I have spent quite a bit of time and energy over the past five or six years attending the weddings of various friends. Being I only have one this year, down from my high of 5 two years ago, it’s a bit of a down year. However, having shopped for, attended, and checked out the pictures afterward of many of these trips, I, like many ladies my age, am a bit of a wedding connoisseur.
Showers, registries, engagement parties…it all adds up to a big collection of stuff. But, maybe not anymore! A new ‘trend’ that is appearing is the idea of the Honeymoon Registry.
It could be the fact that some people are approaching a minimalist lifestyle, or more likely more and more couples are living together already when they get married, so they really don’t need any additional stuff, but more and more people are looking for the honeymoon gifts than the traditional items.
Um, can I pre-register?
For those of you that haven’t heard of this, basically instead (or in addition to) of doing your normal Bloomindales, Crate and Barrel type deal, you can register your honeymoon and people can contribute. For example, instead of a blender, how about a couples massage at the resort, or if you don’t want another set of towels but do want to go snorkeling, register for that too.
I love this idea, and not just because I love vacations and free things, but on the awww shucks side of things, you are contributing to events and memories…a romantic dinner, or a bucket list item.
Now the really important thing to keep in mind, is like all other things, read the fine print. There are a lot of registry sites out there, some that act more as travel agents, and some that just do the registry thing. And don’t go I want I want I want crazy, because unlike that silverware set that you registered for, but don’t really care if you get, if you ‘register’ for a hotel and airfare on these sites, you have to pay.
But, the good news is, many of the add-ons, like a massage or dinner, or bottle of wine in the room, etc., are not things that the couple has to pre-pay, so they can all be given as additional special treats above and beyond.
A typical site will look something like this:
Basically, pick your gift and you are good to go. Many companies will break down the larger purchases, like airfare, or hotel into smaller chucks, $50 or so, but hey all those $50 add up!
So, if you are someone who is in the process of registering, or will be attending a wedding soon, ask if they are registered for a honeymoon. Even if they aren’t and you are looking to give a creative gift, there is nothing stopping from calling up the hotel and putting a meal or a massage on you!