Dec 24, 2018 4 min read
5 tips for the perfect honeymoon registry wording
Finding the right words can be tough, especially when it comes to asking your friends and family for money and gifts. Traditionally, asking for specific wedding gifts at all was considered taboo, and the idea of asking for cash being unthinkable. Luckily for us, times they have a-changed, and with the rise in popularity of honeymoon funds like Hitchd, it's now commonplace to ask your wedding guests for what you really want.
Whether you’re simply planning on using a honeymoon registry, or sprinkling honeymoon cash fund options among a few traditional gifts, there’s a right way, and a wrong way, to do it.
If you've become stuck on how to let your guests know about your honeymoon fund, or scared that it might sound distasteful or tacky, you're not alone.
We've put together 5 simple tips to help you master the perfect honeymoon registry wording.
1. Write in your own words (the honest approach)
If your closest friends and family read your honeymoon registry wording and it doesn't sound like you, it runs the risk of coming across as being impersonal or false. A good idea is to make sure it has your own, unique, flair - so that it becomes instantly recognizable that it's you.
If you're entertaining people, it could be an excellent opportunity to throw in an icebreaker or joke. Otherwise, we recommend keeping it honest and straight to the point.
It's also a perfect time to focus on why your honeymoon will be so special to you and your partner. After all, that's what guests are contributing towards.
2. If you're not a poet, lose the poems
Many couples feel the need for their honeymoon registry wording to be written as a poem. Poems were originally used as a way to politely ask for money without being too direct and causing offense to guests. It's great to write a poem if it's something that comes easily you, but if it doesn't, we recommend steering clear and writing directly from the heart.
Things to keep in mind if you decide to include a poem:
- It's often seen as poor taste if you use a poem that's easily found in a google search
- Try to make a poem sound personal while injecting some unique humor.
3. Saying nothing can be a great option
In 2018, more couples than ever used a wedding website to link to their honeymoon registry. What if you have a wedding website but you're struggling to find the right words to introduce your honeymoon registry? A great option is to say nothing at all. Simply provide a link to your honeymoon registry, and let it do the talking.
4. Tell guests why you've chosen a honeymoon registry
Continuing from our second tip, it's a good idea to tell guests why you've chosen a honeymoon registry. Here at Hitchd, we like to mention that we prefer to make lifelong memories, over receiving physical gifts. In the unlikely event that you have a guest that doesn't fully understand the concept of a honeymoon fund, they simply need to read why it's important to you.
You'll be surprised how many of your other guests will agree.
5. Make it clear that it's optional
It's easy to get caught up in writing the perfect honeymoon fund registry wording, but one thing that should remain clear is that the choice to contribute towards a gift is completely optional and up to the guest.
While we love The Knot and WeddingWire, their forums tend to focus on traditional registries and can be unhelpful for a modern couple looking for help when it comes to their non-traditional honeymoon registry. We recommend steering clear of the traditional forums and reading more blogs, like the Hitchd Blog, for more up to date information.
If you want to find out more about honeymoon fund etiquette, check out our post about do's and don'ts of honeymoon registries.
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