How to Request Honeymoon Donations as Wedding Gifts

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How to Request Honeymoon Donations as Wedding Gifts
You can invite your guests to donate to a honeymoon fund instead of buying a tangible wedding gift. (Sunset image by CoolTango from

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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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