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I loved my honeymoon registry. My husband and I preferred having any wedding gifts go toward our honeymoon, and it made so much sense having our guests contribute to that instead of buying us a new blender.

With the popularity of honeymoon registries, it can be difficult to choose which one to use. Below are five of the most popular sites with a list of their fees, payment options and other factors. All of these include a service fee when your guests make a purchase.

Even though it seems silly to pay a fee for what is essentially a cash gift, it’s around the amount of sales tax and it’s easier than bringing a gift to the wedding. When you’re ready to go on your trip, go ahead and transfer the gifts to your bank account.

Check out the options below and choose the one that's right for you!

Which honeymoon registry is right for you? Check out these options to find out!

 

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Photo Credit: Honeymoon Wishes

Honeymoon Wishes

  • Free or paid: Free.
  • Fees:  9.65%
  • Who pays: There’s no way to avoid either party from paying a fee. If you choose to pay the bulk of the fee, the guest will still have a 2.65% fee to pay. If you choose to have the guests pay the fee, they can save themselves 2.65% off by choosing to mail a check.
  • Customize gifts: Yes.
  • Payment options: Checks and credit cards.

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Photo Credit: Honeyfund

Honeyfund

  • Free or paid: You can choose between a free or paid account. Paid accounts allow for a customizable account including more photos.
  • Fees: 2.8% + $0.30 for both WePay and PayPal.
  • Who pays: Guests. Although you can choose to accept offline payments as well.
  • Customize gifts: With a paid account.
  • Payment options: WePay or PayPal.

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Photo Credit: Wanderable

Wanderable

  • Free or paid: Free.
  • Fees: 2.5%.
  • Who pays: You can choose pay yourself or have the guest pay.
  • Customize gifts: Yes.
  • Payment options: Credit card, PayPal or pay offline.

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Traveler's Joy

  • Free or paid: Free. Design is limited.
  • Fees:  2.95% + $0.99, if the guest uses a credit card.
  • Who pays: You choose! Some couples to choose to pay all the fees, while others split it between them and their guests.
  • Customize: You can change the amounts and items you register for.
  • Payment options: Bank account information or credit card.

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Photo Credit: Honeymoon Pixie

Editor's note:

Honeymoon Pixie is no longer in business, so instead we would like to recommend our other registry partner, Blueprint Registry, who offers cash and honeymoon registries to suit your needs! Learn all about their fabulous registry in our feature on Blueprint Registry.

 

Honeymoon Pixie

  • Free or paid: Free.
  • Fees: 7%.
  • Who pays: Either.
  • Customize gifts: Yes.
  • Payment options: Credit card.

Some people base their honeymoon registry on whatever looks easiest for their guests. If you want to create a custom site, paying for an upgraded version might be more important to you. Whichever registry you choose, I recommend taking out the boilerplate gifts and adding in your own.

I created a budget for our honeymoon so I used that information to determine how many gifts we needed for our registry. For example, our hotel in London cost about $300 total, so I created six gifts of $50 each. I wanted people to know that our registry was genuine, not a gift grab or a tacky way to ask for cash. Make sure you have your registry finalized before you send out invites. You'll want people to see it when it's complete,  not in stages.

I hope this info is helpful to you in choosing your honeymoon registry.

Happy Honeymooning!

[Zina]

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Zina Kumok writes about paying off $28,000 worth of student loans in three years at Debt Free After Three. She has been featured in DailyWorth, LifeHacker and Time. In her free time, she loves to play with her dog Lyra, read Nora Ephron and plan her latest European adventure.

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