Many engaged couples are interested in bypassing a typical wedding registry and looking for a way to request honeymoon donations instead. Balancing feeling greedy with the desire to actually receive the type of wedding gift you want can be challenging, but there are a number of acceptable ways in modern-day culture to guide your guests on what you and your soon-to-be spouse would most appreciate come the big day. Expressing your sincere wishes and appreciation can aid in the process.
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Decide if honeymoon donations are really what you want to ask for. Except for your closest friends and family members, wedding guests should be sent a uniform message in terms of your registry, meaning Aunt Sally does not receive a different request than Uncle Billy. Wanting cash-equivalents is understandable, but singling out a few rich friends is likely to cause trouble.
Convey your wedding-gift wishes in a blunt yet tactful way that suits your personality. Consider writing a cutesy poem about how you two do not need household supplies, but would not say no to a little help financing the honeymoon. Or, pen a simple note saying gifts are unnecessary, but anyone interested can make a honeymoon donation. Include the information on an insert that can be stuffed into your wedding invitation envelopes.
Formalise the honeymoon request to help your guests. Make an online registry that guests can conveniently access, paying with a credit or bank card. Use a registry template that was specifically designed for honeymoons; list your itinerary and let guests choose what their donations will go towards.
List the link to your honeymoon registry on one of your social networking sites or ask a friend to list it, as appropriate, to help guide guests to the right place. Consider enlisting a relative's help to answer any computer questions some of your non-tech-savvy guests might have.
Tips and warnings
- Be sure to send timely thank you notes to all those who have donated. Consider including a personalised note, saying how much fun you had at such-and-such restaurant if that was where the guest allocated her funds.
- When signing up for an online honeymoon registry, be careful to read the fine print. Know if there are any associated fees or restrictions.
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