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Compare the best honeymoon registry websites, which one will you choose?

Dec 14, 2018 9 min read
Ollie Rozdarz, Co-Founder of Hitchd
Ollie Rozdarz
Co-Founder, Hitchd

Since 2016, there's been a growing trend in couples opting for a honeymoon registry over a traditional bridal registry, for their big day. The Knot published an excellent study which found a 50% rise in the popularity of honeymoon funds in 2017.

With the bridal industry moving at astronomical speeds, it's easy to get caught up amidst the hype of promotions and special offers. We found there to be one significant and overlooked factor when it comes to the honeymoon registry - it's all about guests.

Trust us. We know how daunting it can feel to not only organize the perfect wedding but to find the ideal registry for your big day. That's why we compiled a list of the best honeymoon registries for 2019, to make choosing the right one for you as simple as possible.

Comparison criteria

To make the comparison as useful and fair as possible, we created the same example registry on each website, using the inspiration of "7 nights in Hawaii".

We identified the following criteria to be the top things you'll want for your honeymoon registry in 2019:

  1. Payment via Credit Card

    A smooth online checkout process provides guests with a more enjoyable experience, leading to the willingness to contribute more money towards gifts. It’s the same experience you would expect from an online store or boutique.

  2. Cash Fund

    A cash fund allows a couple to ask for cash (and for guests to gift it) in a more meaningful way by specifying what each monetary gift is going towards. Think; experiences, flights, Airbnb's.

  3. Mobile Device Friendly

    Our data shows there's a very high chance a guest will be making their contribution on a mobile device, and the experience should be as straightforward and intuitive as the other websites they use.

  4. Beautiful Design

    Your registry is an extension of you and your wedding. Presenting a beautiful honeymoon registry will set the tone for the rest of the events leading to your big day.

  5. Fees

    While we don't consider fees to be a huge factor in choosing the right honeymoon registry, we're also aware that some websites may include hidden and misleading fees.

Which is the best honeymoon registry for 2019?

1. Hitchd

www.hitchd.com
First glimpse at a Hitchd registry First glimpse at a Hitchd registry
First glimpse at a Hitchd registry

Hitchd Review

Hitchd is a new type of honeymoon registry that helps couples fund their adventure of a lifetime. Think of them as your very own wishing well, Kickstarter, and travel planner, all rolled into one beautiful experience. Hitchd focuses on creating experiences, over traditional gifts, and is disrupting the honeymoon industry through world-class design, ease of use, and providing a delightful user experience.

  • A hand giving a thumbs up sign
    Something we really liked
    Hitchd uses Unsplash for couples to create the most stunning, gift and cover images.

Criteria

  • Payment via Credit Card

    Guests can quickly pay via credit card.

  • Mobile Device Friendly

    Hitchd is the only registry we reviewed which worked flawlessly, start to finish, on a mobile device. The registry delivered the same delightful experience whether your guests will be browsing from their home computer, or on their mobile phone.

    Hitchd was recently identified as "Best for: Mobile compatibility" - refinery29

  • Beautiful Design

    Hitchd, by far and away, has the most beautiful and modern design for a honeymoon registry online. Hitchd lets you make it your own by adding personalized images, welcome message, and unique registry address. They also teamed up with Unsplash to let you choose from over 500,000 beautifully curated images.

  • Fees

    Hitchd charges 8%, which can be absorbed by guests, split equally, or absorbed by couples. There are no hidden fees.

Conclusion

Hitchd is the newest honeymoon registry we reviewed and is hands down the best registry to use for your upcoming wedding. Hitchd truly feels like the modern approah to a honeymoon registry, combining everything from its beautiful, modern, design, flexible gifts, stunning imagery, and smooth checkout experience. The best thing of all? Your guests are going to love it.

2. Thankful

www.thankfulregistry.com
First glimpse at a Thankful Registry First glimpse at a Thankful Registry
First glimpse at a Thankful registry

Thankful Review

Thankful is a honeymoon registry whose goal is to have everyone who visits one of its registries to feel like it's a real couple behind the scenes. They provide couples with the ability to create a mix of traditional, charitable, honeymoon fund, and experience focused gifts all in the one registry.

  • A hand giving a thumbs up sign
    Something we really liked
    Thankful is committed to charitable donations and giving back causes they believe in.

Criteria

  • Payment via Credit Card

    Guests can quickly pay via credit card.

  • Mobile Device Friendly

    Thankful showcases gift titles and imagery, allowing guests to easily view gifts, no matter how many are on the page. With the use of excessive white space, we feel the mobile experience is lacking and a little bland. On a mobile device, the light colored text may also make it harder for some of your elderly guests to read.

  • Beautiful Design

    Thankful showcases gifts by displaying their title in a large size and uses gift imagery to draw guests in to learn more. The gifts themselves don't have much room to display more in-depth information, which we feel to be restrictive for guests who want to know more. The light colored text may also make it harder for elderly guests to read.

  • Fees

    Thankful charge guests 2.9% + $0.30 per contribution. Couples must pay a $30 fee to use the registry. Couples should be mindful of the cost of buying images, as they are not included.

Conclusion

Thankful is suitable for couples who are not too worried about the look and feel of their honeymoon registry, who are interested in a cheaper alternative.

Guests are not able to contribute to multiple gifts in one transaction, and similar to Honeyfund will make guests conform to the portion system if a couple has set it to a gift.

3. Zola

www.zola.com
First glimpse at a Zola Registry First glimpse at a Zola Registry
First glimpse at a Zola registry

Zola Review

Zola is one of the longest-running registries on the internet today. From wedding registry, to all-in-one wedding solution, they sure live up to their slogan of "The home of all things wedding." Zola is ideal if you're looking to receive physical gifts, which are purchased by guests through their extensive list of third-party retailers.

  • A hand giving a thumbs up sign
    Something we really liked
    It's easy for guests to contribute to a mix of traditional, and non-traditional, gifts in one registry.

Criteria

  • Payment via Credit Card

    Guests can quickly pay via credit card.

  • Mobile Device Friendly

    Zola looks great on a mobile device; however, it can become quite a cluttered and can be easy to get lost.

  • Beautiful Design

    Zola gives couples the option to use their own, branded, registry, or a themed registry to suit your Zola wedding website. Gifts are displayed in a 2 column layout, which works well if couples have added a large number of gifts.

  • Fees

    Zola charge 2.5% with the option for couples or guest to absorb the fee. There are no hidden fees for cash registries.

Conclusion

If you're planning to use Zola as a honeymoon registry, you'll be sure to receive a registry that is modern, has a wide range of gifts to choose from, and provides excellent support. However, your guests may find it to be a slightly confusing experience.

During our review, we discovered that Zola does so much that it's often hard to focus on the actual task at hand. The constant wave of upselling their core platform (invites, checklist, website builder) can also become a bit tiresome.

4. Honeyfund Review

www.honeyfund.com
First glimpse at a Honeyfund Registry First glimpse at a Honeyfund Registry
First glimpse at a Honeyfund registry

Summary

Honeyfund is one of the longest-running honeymoon registries, launching in 2003 and appearing on an episode of Shark Tank in 2006. They also started a sister company called Plumbfund, which is a crowdfunding site for people in need. Honeyfund has years of experience and thousands of successful couple stories behind them.

  • A hand giving a thumbs up sign
    Something we really liked
    Honeyfund provide live chat support for couples and guests who need questions answered on the spot.

Criteria

  • Payment via Credit Card

    Guests can quickly pay via credit card.

  • Mobile Device Friendly

    Honeyfund works well on mobile devices. Guests will be able to see all the information about your wedding, wedding details, and guest book. Gifts appear in list view, although the accompanying images are quite small compared to the size of gift titles. At the top of the page, your guests will be bombarded with advertising pop-ups, which makes the overall feel of the registry a little less personal.

  • Beautiful Design

    Honeyfund is one of the few honeymoon registries we reviewed that we feel is not up to the standard of a modern-day registry. The images provided are low-resolution and grainy, while the aesthetics of the site don't seem to have changed since the initial launch back in 2003.

  • Fees

    Honeyfund charge between 2.8% - 3.95% + $0.30 per contribution, plus an additional 1% 'cross-border' fee, depending on country. Couples must pay an additional $39.99 for non-basic registry themes. Cash, cheque, and custom payments are free.

Conclusion

Being one of the longest-running registries, Honeyfund has experience on its side. Unfortunately, with its outdated design, misleading fees, and lack of innovation, we believe there are better options for your honeymoon registry.

5. Traveler's Joy

www.travelersjoy.com
First glimpse at a Traveler's Registry First glimpse at a Traveler's Registry
First glimpse at a Traveler's Joy registry

Traveler's Joy Review

Traveler's Joy was one of the first honeymoon registries to burst onto the scene in 2004. Purpose-built as a honeymoon fund, it's catered to nearly half a million users since it first launched. Traveler's Joy has a modern aesthetic, is easy to use, and allows guests to contribute to both traditional and non-traditional gifts.

  • A hand giving a thumbs up sign
    Something we really liked
    Gifts are clearly labeled with big, bold, buttons, making it obvious for guests to move to the next step.

Criteria

  • Payment via Credit Card

    Guests can quickly pay via credit card. Contributions of $1,000 of more will need to be approved by Traveler's Joy.

  • Mobile Device Friendly

    Traveler's Joy generally works well on a mobile device; However, we found an issue with the staggering number of input fields on the payment page. Your guests will be asked to fill out 15-17 fields to contribtute towards a gift for you, which we believe is excessive.

  • Beautiful Design

    The Traveler's Joy registry is nicely put together, although, we found unless you are adding a long description for every single gift, there will be a massive block of white space in the middle of each item, taking up a significant portion of the screen's real estate.

  • Fees

    Traveler's Joy charge 5.9% + $0.99 per contribution. Even if the couple absorbs the fee, guests are still charged $0.99 per contribution. There are no hidden fees for cash registries.

Conclusion

As a honeymoon registry, Traveler's Joy will be an excellent option for most couples. For more substantial gifts, Traveler's Joy uses the concept of 'portions', which are chunks of a single gift, broken down into smaller quantities decided by the couple, designed to make significant gifts easier to split up between guests.

In most cases, guests will have a budget in mind, so introducing the concept of portions will require them to work backward to try to make it add up to their total budget. If guests wish to contribute more than $1,000 towards a gift (e.g., family members), they'll need to contact Traveler's Joy directly before making the payment.

We think this limitation will be a deal breaker for some couples looking for a more automated experience.

That's a wrap

We hope you now have a good idea about which honeymoon registry will be right for you. View our latest article on the do's and don'ts of asking for money for more helpful tips for your upcoming wedding.

Looking for the #1 way to fund your honeymoon?

Hitchd is a new type of honeymoon registry that helps fund your adventure of a lifetime. Think of us as your very own wishing well, Kickstarter, and travel planner, all rolled into one beautiful experience.