Let’s face it, your friends know that you and your partner are an established couple and you need another hot water jug like you need a hole in the head. Why bother with a Bridal Registry or, indeed with a Honeymoon Registry, when they are fully aware that what you really need at this time is hard, cold cash. And why not be up front with it and say so.
It’s an undeniable fact that, apart from a few people who really hate shopping, guests like the idea of giving a couple something concrete; and enjoy having their thoughtfulness and generosity acknowledged. And money, valuable as it is, simply doesn’t cut it. It has taken decades to acclimatize guests to the idea of a Bridal Registry. It may take couple more decades to make plain dollars as romantic as a traditional gift which a guest can admire before handing it over to the couple concerned.
Honeymoon Registry is a sort of transitory step where a guest parts with money, but is encouraged to feel that he or she is providing the bride and groom with a gift. The gift being the Honeymoon itself.
How does it work? The Honeymoon Registry is made into a concrete gift list by making the Honeymoon a categorized entity. Instead of the Honeymoon, a holiday for the bride and groom, it’s an airplane ticket, it’s two nights at the hotel, it’s a massage, it’s a candle lit supper, it’s a night out at the opera. In short, the Honeymoon becomes an event that has been cut up into small segments and guests can decide for which segment they are prepared to pay.
As in the case of a Bridal Registry, all courtesies are observed. Each guest receives an acknowledgement and thanks for the gift they’ve given. This might be automatically generated by the provider concerned. Other providers might choose to inform the couple as the gifts are purchased and it is the couple who send the thank you note.
Vlady Peters is an author of “Honeymoon! A Sizzle or a Fizzle?", a book about planning the perfect Honeymoon no matter what your situation happens to be. To find out more, visit Vlady’s website http://www.betterhoneymoon.com