Instead of Toasters and Coffee Makers, Consider Honeymoon Hotel Registries
When faced with the decision of choosing between a fancy coffee maker or a luxury suite someplace tropical, which would you choose? If you're like us, you'll choose the latter. But after the cost of the wedding, most brides and grooms can't afford the lavish, exotic honeymoon of their dreams. After all, not everyone can have Chris Harrison fund our romantic escapes.
But with the advent of honeymoon registries, more and more couples are getting what they really want--vacations instead of appliances for the kitchen.
Hilton Hotels launched their Hilton Honeymoon Registry earlier this year, allowing couples to register for specific rooms, suites, upgrades, amenities and other experiences, all bought for by their wedding guests.
Hyatt Hotels has done something similar for their U.S., Canadian, and Caribbean properties. You can peruse a sample registry here. And Fairmont Hotels is in on the honeymoon registry game too.
For couples who don't want their honeymoon experiences limited to the hotel, there's Wanderable.com, which gives couples more control over the design of their registry as well as the payment methods--direct deposit, gift cards, checks, etc. The site does charge a service fee of 2.5 percent but that is relatively low compared to seven and eight percent charged by similar honeymoon sites.
Wanderable also uses their own Merchant Network from which couples can select their experiences. This might mean that the bigger hotel brand you fantasized about visiting isn't listed but it could also mean you find a cool, hidden hotel gem. So long as the place has a Do Not Disturb sign, we think it will be fine.