At a friend’s bachelorette last weekend in Manhattan Beach, the discussion turned to registries and in particular, registering at Honeyfund. I had never heard of Honeyfund and was immediately intrigued. It’s a website where a couple can register for their honeymoon—plane tickets, dinners out, hotels… anything and everything honeymoon related.
The discussion about registering for a honeymoon came up because someone had told this bride-to-be that it wasn’t classy to register there, that there was something tacky about asking people to gift you money for your honeymoon. It was pointed out that the woman who said this was on the older side, so it’s possible that it would be seen that way because there is something untraditional about it.
Traveling is one of the most important things to me. I love to see the world and some of my favorite times have taken place on foreign soil. I personally would rather go on a kick-ass vacation with my new husband, than have a ton of serving dishes we may or may not use. Wedding gifts are pretty much obligatory, so why not get them something that they really want, and if that something is contributing to an amazing honeymoon that they couldn’t otherwise afford, so be it. I personally believe that memories are more important than “things.”
I once bought a goat as a wedding present for a friend. It might sound crazy but it’s a lot more common than you think. With Heifer International, you can purchase animals for poverty stricken communities. These animals, coupled with training, can help generate income to lift families out of poverty. Milk from cows, honey from bees, these are hand-ups, not just a hand-out, Heifer International empowers people to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. They even have a registry sign up to make it easy for people to give, so your wedding is actually helping to change the world!
A friend of mine got married last year and by the time I got to her registry almost everything had been purchased. I called her to ask what else they had been wanting and she said “nothing, seriously, nothing.” She went on to tell me that their little Manhattan apartment was bursting at the seams with all of the gifts they had received and there honestly was not room for anything else. WelI, I wasn’t going to get her “nothing,” but if there is one thing that I knew she could never have enough of, it’s candy. I know it sounds crazy but this woman (& her husband) LOVE candy. So, I gave her a gift certificate to Sugarwish and this is the response I received: “I mean honestly. This is why I love you so much. SO ridiculously excited about this!!!!!!! I fucking love you and this is why we are besties.”
I happen to love the untraditional route, but what do you think?