Guest blog from Wendy Dessler, Super-Connector at OutreachMama.
If you have been a guest at a wedding in the recent past, you have probably heard of Honeymoon registries. Before there were honeymoon registries there were brides and grooms registering at different department stores for particular items they wanted.
This was much better than the old method of buying a toaster oven and hoping they didn’t get six more just like it. But the store registries were limited. You found yourself reading down lists of items that were separated for the sake of the buyer, but didn’t really stand alone as a cool gift.
The bride may have chosen a particular silverware pattern. You knew how much you could spend but the only thing on the list in your price range was a serving spoon. Sure, it was on the list, but who wants to gift someone a serving spoon. Then came gift cards. You could buy a gift card in a particular dollar amount, but to which store? By the time the wedding arrived, you probably shrugged it off and wrote the happy couple a check for more than you really wanted to spend.
Then someone invented honeymoon registries. They were brilliant! A honeymoon registry allows the bride and groom to create a site for free and lists what they truly want. They can link the sites to stores, or list events, or even projects and the guests can chip in on the gift of their choice. But before we talk about all the features let’s look at how they work.
Today’s bride and groom rarely move from their parents home directly into their own place like they did in the 1950’s. Most couples today live on their own and then live together before deciding to make it a lifelong commitment. By the time they find themselves at the altar, they already have furniture, towels, dishes, and maybe a kid or two. So they do not need traditional wedding gifts. They have different needs. Maybe they would like to go on an exotic honeymoon, or pay off student loans, or remodel the garage. They can set up a crowdfunding site that lists the expenses they would like to cover. The site allows one or more people to pay toward the gift they would like to commit to. The couple gets some or all of their dreams, and the guest easily gives them a gift that they know they want, and it is easy to use.
Some couples do not need gifts, but perhaps they have a cause that is dear to them. Perhaps someone in their family is going through illness or job loss and they would rather the funds go to help them. That is easily done through a honeymoon registry. The couple creates a free site such as a Plumfund account. The couple can feature their honeymoon registry on their wedding invitations, or on their social media sites. The funds are collected and transferred by the couple after the wedding. It is discreet and private. There is no easier way to show their love and devotion than this.
While some people still hold to the tried and true toaster oven method, most of us are all about giving a gift that is wanted, easy to give. The fact that there are no fees to the gift giver is the icing on the cake!
Check out these posts for more tips and inspiration as you plan!
About the guest blogger:
Wendy Dessler, ,Title: Super-Connector at OutreachMama
Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.