For many couples, cash to help fund a honeymoon would be the ideal wedding gift. The tricky thing is how to ask for it. So today we’re handing over the reins to the team at Buy Our Honeymoon for their top tips on how to ask your guests to contribute to your dream honeymoon.
Perhaps you’ve been together for a while and you really don’t need more stuff for your home. You’ve got pans for the kitchen and sheets for the bedroom already. But especially if you’re paying for your wedding yourselves, what you might not have is much money left over for the honeymoon of your dreams.
TOP TIPS FOR SETTING UP YOUR dREAM HONEYMOON FUND
No boxed wedding gifts please
One option is just to put “no boxed gifts please” on your invitations or wedding website and to hope your guests get the hint. Or you could include a poem indicating that instead of traditional gifts, you’d like a little sun.
You wouldn’t be alone — lots of couples forego making a wedding registry (or gift list) and do the same thing. But generally, guests like to be able to get you something memorable and special, something more concrete than just a number on a cheque or some coins in a jar. They’d like you to be able to remember them and their gift to you, and it’s hard to do that for just a simple cash donation.
Use a honeymoon gift list service
This is where honeymoon gift list services, like Buy Our Honeymoon, come in. The idea is that you create a registry specifically for different aspects of your honeymoon, and your guests can “buy” these for you as gifts. You could list each night of your hotel stay or include an upgrade to your rental car. Perhaps there’s a restaurant you’re looking forward to trying, so you’d include that meal as an individual gift. Tickets to a show, spa treatments, picnic funds, a cocktail at the airport.
Anything you can think of, you can list, and your guests can fund. At the end of the day, you get the money, but your guests get to choose something meaningful that you can thank them for.
Instead of £50, cousin Amy’s gift is breakfast in bed the morning after you arrive. Instead of a gravy boat, uncle Derek’s gift is a boat tour.
It’s much more fun and romantic than simply asking for money. In fact, it’s sometimes easier for guests to feel excited by this kind of gift than for a traditional registry. The very best honeymoon gift lists reflect your personalities and let your guests show theirs through their gifts. Your friends might be happy enough buying you cutlery from a department store list, but they’d love sending you parasailing, and would insist on a photo in their thank-you card.
Your guests aren’t just giving you money, they’re giving you memories from your dream honeymoon.
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