How to fund your honeymoon with help from your guests
Wedding gifts are traditionally items to help couples make their first home together. But, of course, most couples now live together long before they get married. If you’ve already stocked your kitchen, or if you’re combining two households, having a wedding gift list of things for your home might make you feel that you’re just replacing or duplicating what you already have.
Not to mention, weddings can be expensive! So, finding the funds for a honeymoon as well isn’t easy. So, wouldn’t it be great if your friends and family could help you make the your dream honeymoon a reality, instead of just giving you more stuff that you don’t need? Well, this is a problem that a honeymoon fund can solve!
What is a honeymoon fund?
Instead of registering for teacups and towels, a honeymoon fund involves creating a unique gift list of activities, experiences and contributions towards a perfect honeymoon!
Some honeymoon fund services operate as extensions of travel agencies, allowing guests to contribute financially towards the overall cost of a couple’s honeymoon. This means, though, that you might not be able to find the best deals, and your list might have to close well in advance of your wedding. What’s more, guests can sometimes feel that their gifts aren’t very personal, and are measured only in terms of the amount they’ve spent.
Other services, such as Buy Our Honeymoon, are independent honeymoon fund specialists. You can use them with any travel operator, for any destination, whether you’ve finalised all your plans or not!
You can make your list as detailed as you wish, or you can keep things simple while still offering your guests the opportunity to feel that their gift is more than just a contribution of money into a big, anonymous pot.
And your honeymoon fund can be fun for both you and your guests. There’s nothing especially romantic about a bread bin, but there’s plenty to love about a picnic in Paris! You can include absolutely anything you wish, from airport parking at Heathrow, to a helicopter tour of Manhattan; raiding the minibar to private dining on the beach.
Couples using Buy Our Honeymoon have even listed his-n-hers tattoos in New Orleans and a dog-sitter for their pets back home — personal, meaningful gifts that are as fun and romantic for your guests to give as they are for you to receive!
How does a honeymoon fund work?
So here’s how it works: on your gift list, you can itemise different aspects of your trip. Anything from an afternoon swimming with dolphins to wine tasting at a vineyard or even a hot air balloon flight in the open sky!
Your guests visit this list you’ve put together and choose the gifts they’d like to buy. They’ll leave their name and email address, together with a private message for you that only you can see. When they’re ready, they can make an online payment for the value of their gifts, that goes directly to you, and is yours to spend as soon as the payment clears. And when you return, you can thank your friends and family with a photograph of you both enjoying the gift they’ve provided.
It’s simple to set up and incredibly easy for your wedding guests to use. You get the valuable help towards your honeymoon expenses, while your guests get to choose a gift that’s meaningful and special. Less stuff, more memories! For more information, check out Buy Our Honeymoon.
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