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    {Sponsored} 5 Reasons to Have a Honeymoon Registry

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    I’ve been very vocal about my own experience using a honeymoon registry (I loved it!) almost four years ago, but it seems that some people are still on the fence about the idea.  However, the honeymoon registry is becoming popular as many couples find it most appropriate for their needs. After all, the purpose of a gift registry is to take the guesswork out of gift giving. Read More »

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    {Partnered Post} Wedding Registries with SimpleRegistry

    SimpleRegistryis changing the way engaged couples create and share their wedding registry. With unique tools that make registering for gifts fun and personable, members create a registry that is reflective of their personality instead.  Plus, you can literally register for anything and keep it simple by having it all on one registry.

    Want traditional items from a large store but also some unique gifts from etsy shops?  Want to register for some stuff but also some experiences?  SimpleRegistry can make it happen.
    {Highlights}
    *Add Anything to a Registry — Any item from any store on one registry. Even non-tangible stuff like season tickets, indoor skydiving sessions, or a donation to a favorite charity. How awesome is that!?

    *Split Pricey Items to Smaller Portions — Let’s face it, there probably aren’t many people that will buy someone that awesome $2,000 camera all on their own. However, you probably have at least 20 friends that would be willing to chip in $100 each. It’s easy to allow for group-gifting at any price level.

    *Setup is Easy (and Fun) — Customizing a registry is easy with purpose-built tools like the SimpleAdder (bookmarklet for adding any item from any website with one-click), free Mobile App (scan barcodes or snap a photo of anything and add it to the registry), and Instant Registry for those in a hurry (pre-made lists of professionally curated items).

    *Let Others Suggest Cool Items — Why should couples have to think up everything they’ll need on a registry? Registry creation is crowdsourced with a new Item Suggestions feature. Easily send people (with the best taste, of course) a custom version of our SimpleAdder tool that allows them to suggest items from any website in the world. Couples have complete power over which suggested items to add – and which to ignore.

    *All Gifts Redeemed as Cash — When the wedding is over all gifts are redeemed directly as cash for the ultimate in flexibility. Newer model of that camera since the registry was created? Different color of that blender desired? No problem! Couples tell us when they’re ready to receive their gifts and we send them a check or deposit funds directly to their checking or PayPal account.


    *Saying “Thank You” Made Easy — Instantly generated list of all guests, the gift(s) they provided, amounts, and their full contact information.

    And the most exciting thing of all?  One lucky couple will receive a $5,000 credit toward their registry on SimpleRegistry if they register between 1/1/13 and 4/30/13.  I wish I could register again myself!

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    {Honeymoon Tips} 5 Guidelines for Honeymoon Registry Etiquette

    Today’s post is from Andrew Marino, of sponsor and lovely vendor Honeymoon Pixie.  I think this information is so helpful in today’s world of honeymoon registries, although some of this advice applies to all registries (like tip #1).  So before you register, read this!

    Wondering how to let your guests know about your honeymoon registry? Have you had to politely explain your registry to guests with questions? Honeymoon registry etiquette advice can be hard to find, and when you do, it can be conflicting. Here are the best pieces of advice for honeymoon registry etiquette. By following these five basic guidelines, you will be following the best etiquette practices and you’ll minimize the risk of offending anyone.
    Never Advertise Your Honeymoon Registry in Your Wedding Invitations
    Miss Manners says it is not polite to include your registry website information in your wedding invitations. Instead, you should rely on your bridal party and family members to help spread the word about your honeymoon registry, and you can also put the registry information in your bridal shower invitations. Most people will ask either you, someone in your bridal party, or a family member where you’re registered so they can get gift ideas. Word of mouth is often a great way to get the word out about your honeymoon registry.

    Also, many honeymoon registry websites will provide registry announcement cards for your bridal shower invitations, will post to your Facebook wall the gifts you’ve received from your honeymoon registry, and will help you send emails to people on your guest list. These simple things are enough to make sure that most of your guests are aware of your honeymoon registry, and you don’t have to break any rules of etiquette to do it!

     
    Create a Wedding Website
    There are multiple online options where you can create a website with all the information about your wedding that’s hard to get into the invitation. Guests will love reading your engagement story, learning about your future plans, and getting all the details on your wedding. This is the perfect place to include a link to your honeymoon registry, since the majority of your guests will visit your site to learn more about your wedding plans.
    Take Time to Explain to Guests Why You’re Using a Honeymoon Registry
    Let’s face it; if you’re doing something a little different – like using a honeymoon registry – you may get questions from friends and family members.  Take the time to explain to people the reasons and the benefits of using a honeymoon registry. If you have lived on your own and have many of the house items needed to start a new home together, then explaining this to your guests will help them understand why you have decided to use a honeymoon registry.
    It’s important that your guests understand that you will receive their gift funds to purchase the honeymoon gift experience they’ve purchased for you. Many guests will find that giving gift funds that they know will be used for a ‘swimming with the dolphins’ experience is more personal and rewarding than just giving cash on your wedding day.
    We also recommend having a traditional registry in addition to your honeymoon registry. This will provide your wedding guests with more options. You may find that your older guests prefer to give traditional wedding gifts – and having both registries will allow you to accommodate everyone.
     
    Gift Variety
    Your guests will also appreciate having a variety of price points to choose from.  Gift prices ranging from $10 to $200 are most common.  You want to ensure that all your guests are comfortable based on their financial ability. Expensive items can be broken down into smaller increments. For example, a $400 honeymoon suite can be listed as 4 gifts of $100 each.
    Send out Specific Thank You Notes
    One of the best parts about a honeymoon registry with Honeymoon Pixie is that you are provided with a thank you list containing all your gifts and the contact information of each gift giver. This gives you the opportunity to thank guests personally and specifically for their generous gift toward your honeymoon.
    My advice is to save thank you note writing for after the honeymoon. Then, you can tell the guests who helped buy your snorkeling adventure about the excitement you experienced when you saw Nemo and other tropical fish, or email the guests who helped upgrade your room a photo of the view from your honeymoon suite. Specific thank you notes make guests feel like they did something really special for the two of you, so let them know how much you appreciate them and their gift to you.

     Who out there is considering or using a honeymoon registry?

     

    PS- some honeymoon registry inspiration from my own honeymoon and my top 5 tips for a perfect honeymoon

     

    *Honeymoon Pixie is a sponsor of Oh Lovely Day and a handpicked member of our Lovely Vendor Guide

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    {Sponsored Post} Honeymoon Registry from Wanderable

    Sometimes after having a wedding, there isn’t much left in the budget to pay for a honeymoon.  The days of having to save for or skip your dream honeymoon are over thanks to Wanderable.

    These days so many couples already have, or don’t need, the STUFF.  How many picture frames and vases do you really need?  Instead, register for experiences as part of your honeymoon registryWanderable makes your dream trip possible.

    Did I also mention that their service is completely free without ads?  You can set up your entire honeymoon registry in less than five minutes using your photos and wedding details.  Your guests can add a personal note to your gift, and can even print matching gift cards for their gifts.  You can track your thank you cards to your guests and add a personal note as well.  All for no cost!  And if you want to make your registry even more stylish and unique, you can upgrade and choose from 28 designs and customize your colors.


    My husband and I did a honeymoon registry for our trip to Paris and Italy.  Our guests loved it and really got into buying us something that we could enjoy (dinner, a gondola ride, tickets to a museum, a bottle of wine, scooter rentals, tickets to the top of the Eiffel Tower).  I highly recommend a honeymoon registry.  The experiences we had on our dream trip were priceless.

    {all photos are the property of Oh Lovely Day}

    Get started and plan the trip of a lifetime with Wanderable now.

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    {Planning Tips} Honeymoon Registries with Honeymoon Pixie

    These days so many engaged couples already have linens, pots and pans, appliances, flatware, and all of the other things traditional wedding registries provide.  And lots of couples don’t feel they need the “stuff” but have wedding guests who would like the guidance for gift giving that a registry provides.  My solution?  A honeymoon registry!

    My husband and I had both a traditional registry (so I could get the Kitchen Aid standing mixer I always wanted, a nice set of servingware and flatware, and a full set of “grown up” glasses – the ones that match and aren’t plastic!) and a honeymoon registry.  Having a honeymoon registry is one of the best wedding-related decisions we made and almost our entire Italian honeymoon was paid for!

    Honeymoon Pixie provides a honeymoon registry service to engaged couples. It’s similar to a traditional wedding registry; however guests purchase fun activities for you to enjoy during your honeymoon. It’s ideal for couples who live on their own and have many of the household items needed to start a home together. Get inspired with these sample honeymoon registries.  Creating your free honeymoon registry is easy with Honeymoon Pixie. Simply select one of their pre-built registries and they produce your own honeymoon registry website to share with family and friends.  It’s brilliant!

    If that doesn’t convince you, here’s a little inspiration from my Italian honeymoon (by way of a 26 hour layover in Paris!)

    {Paris}

    {Florence}

    {Lucca}

     (we got rained on a bit, but Lucca was still one of the most charming stops on our trip)
    {Cinque Terre}

    (if we look like we’re glowing, it is because we hiked as far back as you can see…)
    {Pisa, San Gimignano, & Siena}

    {Orvieto}
    (the hubs was a bit sick in all of the “sunglasses” photos – he caught an Italian cold)
    {Rome}

    {Venice}

    (the $150 dollar 15 minute gondola ride was totally worth it, but only because it was our honeymoon and because it was a gift from one of our wedding guests from our honeymoon registry!)

    For any brides-to-be out there, I would highly recommend an Italian honeymoon!  And ours would not have been possible without our honeymoon registry.  So be sure to check out Honeymoon Pixie and start planning your dream honeymoon.

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    please do not reproduce or use on your blog without asking permission*

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