Are you planning a wedding, but can’t afford the honeymoon? You may be interested in yet another honeymoon registry website. This one, Honeyfund, claims to be free, unlike other similar sites. The site is the brainchild of a couple married a few years ago who were disenchanted with the high fees and other restrictions found on most honeymoon registry sites, so they created their own. The couple recently appeared on the popular television program Shark Tank, where they pitched the site to the Sharks.
There is no cost to open an account, but you may want to purchase an upgrade package to access a template, upload photos and more. You place a link to the site on your wedding website (NOT in your invitation). Your guests can then go to the site, select a specific activity or other amenity you desire (such as a special dinner or massage). The guest then makes payment directly to the bride or groom through PayPal and prints out a certificate to give the couple. (PayPal fees of approximately 3% apply.) The website owners do not handle any gift funds.
The site can be used for more than honeymoon items. If you are saving for the down payment on a home or the purchase of a large item, you can register for money gifts.
Not planning a wedding, but want or need money, not gifts, for a shower, special birthday, retirement or another event requiring cash (even funeral and medical costs)? Check out the sister site, Plumfund.com. This site charges a 5.2% fee for online donations. Don’t get your hopes up about receiving much in the way of gifts or money from any honeymoon registry. Though the site owners would have you believe otherwise, you may offend many of your guests by coming across as greedy and focusing on gifts, not guests. Yes, most wedding guests give a gift, but they don’t like to be blatantly told what to give and how much to spend, particularly older and more conservative guests. This and other money registry sites should be used with caution or you may receive cards and no gifts.