In the past, wedding registries only applied to brick and mortar retail stores. Couples went to their favorite high-end department stores and selected household items that they would like to receive as wedding gifts. This included things like fine china, silverware, and small appliances. Their friends and family would then go to that store and access their “wish list” and purchase something from the list in the price range they wanted to spend.
The evolution of registries
As a society, we changed. More households consisted of two adults with careers, and often the couple would live together and set up house long before they decide to get married. By the time a wedding is announced, they have all of the items they need for the kitchen, bed, and bath. This caused a dramatic change in the wedding registry. This introduced the new, online version of the honeymoon registry.
Crowdfunding is a modern way for people to support charities and causes that mean something to them. Honeyfund Honeymoon Registry was born of this concept. Honeyfund allows the gift giver the ease of gifting someone from the comfort of their own home, without the added expense. The couple simply registers for what they want, and the gifter gives it to them, online, using Paypal, WePay, or a credit card.
What is a Honeyfund?
Honeyfund is an online honeymoon registry that allows couples to list things that mean something special to them. Their friends and family are given the option to purchase the gifts online at no charge. Like a traditional registry, the item then shows it is purchased. Unlike a traditional registry, people can pay for a portion of something. The items on the list can be traditional (like a toaster) or non-traditional (deep-sea fishing.) The gifter can purchase the entire “event” of a portion of it. For example, if the registry asks for 4-nights in the honeymoon suite at a famous hotel, a guest may opt to pay for one night, and a different guest may pay for the second night, and so on.
Destination weddings are very popular. These weddings take place in the place that they bride and groom want to have their wedding and honeymoon. The wedding party travels with them to their romantic destination. While the guest list may be restricted to close friends and family, a reception and party are usually given in the hometown of the couple to include all those who could not travel with them.
A couple having a destination wedding may find adventures that they were not expecting. The beauty of the Honeyfund is that gifts can be withdrawn for a small fee and used for whatever the couple sees fit. It does not cost the gifter any additional money at all.
Many hotels and wedding vendors can be paid directly from the Honeyfund account. Specific items that they couple request from a store can be tied to their Honeyfund.
Fees for withdrawal of Honeyfund money
If you transfer your money from your Honeyfund account to PayPal, WePay, or most Visa or Mastercard debit card accounts, there is a very small fee. This fee varies slightly between establishments and countries (money exchanges) but, in general, the fee is around 2.9% plus .30 cents per transaction. There is no fee for the person giving you the gift and if you use the fund to pay for the service, there is no added fee. The couple would also be required to pay taxes on their selection as you would anywhere. For example, if you went to dinner, you would expect to pay the bill, plus taxes, plus gratuity. Regardless of how you pay for the service, the charges are expected.
Digital Gift Cards
As more vendors around the world have come to expect the Honeyfund couple, they have made it easy to transfer funds directly from your Honeyfund account to a digital gift card that can be used for their services. This is free to the gift giver, and the couple. The funds needed are transferred to your digital card online, and they are used to pay for your event, meal, tips, taxes, or whatever you selected. This is a way to enjoy everything, Honeyfund you want to do without giving up any dollars to bank card fees.
No time limits
The couple sets up their Honeyfund as soon as they announce their engagement. They keep it active and current throughout the wedding celebrations and the honeymoon. This allows family and friends who were unable to attend or people who wanted to wait and give the bride and groom something spectacular that is unexpected every opportunity to use the fund.
For example, the groom’s parents may access their Honeyfund account on the last few days of the honeymoon to see what the couple were able to do, and what they had not received as a gift. They may then decided to gift the couple with a special event like stargazing in Hawaii or a candlelit dinner on the beach or a helicopter tour. They simply add the event to the already active Honeyfund and the funds are instantly available.
As for the honeymoon, couples do collect sometimes funds for their own wedding. The bride can decide to buy a wedding dress by making a fund to accomplish it – and she can get the dress of her dreams by having the support of her friends and family – and make the dress even more valuable.
The reception and party can happen in the place of living, but what if the ceremony of tying the knot is transferred to another city, country, even continent?
One of the most popular wedding destination for couples all around the world is certainly the most famous park in the world – The Central Park!
Tips for the wedding
Here are some tips that will help you accomplish your goals of holding your destination wedding in the most famous park in the world.
• Hire a wedding planner that is familiar with the area – use common sense to google it “Weddings Central Park”- voila!
• Buy a wedding package at a hotel nearby (or even far away, but with some transportation) that will include the venue, reception, and sleeping arrangements.
• Make a choice; a simple wedding or a big wedding venue trip. Both of these events are taxing and require a lot of energy. The second choice is really tricky, since the weddings in the Central Park are usually time limited, and more people need more time to organise and settle down, and much more energy and cooperation.
• So our suggestion is to keep the guest list small, and share your events on social media.
At the end of your honeymoon, be sure to say thank you with a cocktail party or dinner and show your guests lots of photographs of you enjoying this dream trip that they funded for you. In reality, they simply pressed a few buttons to answer the call of gifting. But they were part of your special event, and they deserve to be acknowledged, thanked, and celebrated.