Getting creative: Our top 5 unique registry items

Now we’re at the end of our first big summer wedding season, we decided to look back on some of the more unconventional gift items we’ve seen on Honeypot. The beauty of using a cash wedding registry like Honeypot is you can add absolutely anything you can think of for your guests to contribute towards. Plus, you’re not tied to one shop or supplier. These creative couples certainly used that to their advantage! So let’s count down our favourites…

5) Donations towards a favourite charity

One generous couple added an item for their guests to give to an organisation of the couple’s choice instead of giving something for the couple themselves. If you feel somewhat uncomfortable about accepting gifts, this could be a lovely option for your guests to contribute towards a special cause.

4) Babysitting for the kids

For those getting married with young kids, weddings can be a bit of a stretch on the family budget. One couple added a babysitting fund so they could have some alone time on their honeymoon – what a good idea!

3) Vote for a honeymoon destination

This couple were struggling to decide on a honeymoon spot – so instead they set up a few different locations as items on their honeymoon registry. Whichever item ended up with the biggest fund would be the final destination!

2) A touch of nature

These Honeypotters had a big landscaping job planned for their new house. They had a huge list of different native plants to buy, and their guests certainly helped them achieve this!

1) New addition to the family

By far our favourite Honeypot item yet – a puppy! Who could resist contributing towards that, especially if you were guaranteed a cuddle in the future?!

We hope this list has provided you with some wedding registry inspiration. For more creative gift ideas, check out our alternative gift items blog. We can’t wait to see next year’s selection of registry items!

How we used a honeymoon registry for our perfect honeymoon

It seems crazy that it was a year ago that Honeypot co-founders Katie & Shane got hitched and headed off on their honeymoon. We’ve had several people ask what kind of things they could use Honeypot for on their honeymoon, so Katie decided it was about time she shared a little about how they used it to have the most perfect honeymoon possible.

In April 2016, Shane and I set off on an amazing 4 week adventure. If you were going to choose a theme for our honeymoon, it would have to be “fire and ice” – we went from skiing in Japan to sunsets in Bali! However, it wouldn’t have been possible without our generous guests contributing to our Honeypot. We decided to make our wedding registry a mix of flights, accommodation, and special treats that we probably wouldn’t have been able to afford without help from our guests.

Here are a few of our highlights:

Staying in a luxury ski lodge

One of our Honeypot items was a stay in Kimamaya Lodge in Niseko, Japan. This boutique hotel was simply amazing. Some of our favourite aspects were personal shuttles to the chairlifts, a complimentary bottle of bubbles on arrival and two private onsen rooms (a Japanese hot pool tradition). We loved skiing in Japan so much we recently returned over New Year for a week!

Cherry blossoms in Kyoto

We timed our trip to Japan to coincide with the legendary cherry blossom season. Japanese people go absolutely NUTS for sakura! We saw cherry trees everywhere but the best spot has to be the ancient city of Kyoto, where there are temples and Japanese gardens galore.  Our guests contributed to a hanami party, a nightime picnic under lit up blossoms. I loved the scenery but I think Shane was more into the takoyaki (octopus balls!)

Experiencing Tokyo

We added a general item on our Honeypot for “Tokyo Spending Money”. This allowed us to really experience the craziness, beauty and hustle of Tokyo without having to plan too much in advance. Some of our favourite activities were visiting an owl café, seeing Tokyo from a bar on the 34th floor, and shopping in the massive department stores. Being squeezed onto a train with literally thousands of people at rush hour was less enjoyable, but still quintessentially Tokyo!

Cocktails in Bali

After three weeks in Japan, we needed a week to relax and kick back in Bali. After a stressful flight to Bali from Tokyo (piece of advice – always book excess luggage BEFORE you arrive at the airport!), it was wonderful to arrive to a cold drink at our hotel. I’m not ashamed to say we then proceeded to work through the entire list of cocktails throughout our stay at the Tanjung Sari, on Sanur Beach. Once again, our guests had contributed to this via Honeypot.

We sent out thank you notes when we got back, and heard from lots of guests that they loved the photos we included of us enjoying their contributions. Similarly, we hope everyone using Honeypot has an amazing honeymoon experience – we’d love to hear your stories, so if you’d like to share how you used your Honeypot registry, just get in touch!

Wedding registries: How much should we ask for?

Ah, the age old question. Someone more sarcastic would come back with the classic dad answer “how long is a piece of string?” but we at Honeypot know that it’s actually a pretty tricky question!

Judging how much to ask for on your honeymoon or gift registry can be hard – you don’t want to ask for so much that you look greedy but you also don’t want to put so few items that people run out of things to give you.

Too many isn’t a thing

Well okay, if you put 500 different items on your registry, it MIGHT be a bit of overkill… But generally no-one’s going to be offended if you put heaps of options on your registry – after all, it allows them to choose something that they think would be special coming from them.

Assume everyone will give at least $50…

And then add in some leeway. While everyone may not be able to afford a huge amount, it’s likely that many will give at least $50 each, and some generous (often older) relatives could give even more. Therefore make sure you’ve added gifts that total an average of at least $50 per person coming to your wedding (and preferably add a bit more just in case).

Add a mix of small and bigger items

Everyone will give a different amount towards your wedding registry, so try to include a mix of both smaller items (such as cocktails on the beach or a dinner out) with bigger items (such as concert tickets or skydiving). That way people have lots of choice and can give at a level they feel comfortable with

Include a couple of big ticket items

Your guests may surprise you with how generous they are – so make sure you’ve always got a couple of big ticket items up your sleeve on your gift or honeymoon registry. This could be a lounge suite for $3000 or flights to Bali for $2000 – either way, it means that should the smaller, specific items be gifted already, there’s always an opportunity for guests to add to the pool of money for bigger items.

However many gifts you decide to add, don’t forget to make them things you really want, and thank your guests as soon as you can. It truly won’t matter how much you ask for if you show real appreciation for their generosity. And don’t forget – with Honeypot you can always add extra items later!

Thinking outside the honeymoon – alternate wedding registry items

People have started asking what you would like as a wedding gift, but you’re stumped. Perhaps you already have all the traditional items such as kitchenware, and a honeymoon isn’t on the cards for you.

To help you out, we’ve come up with some ideas for larger items that multiple guests can contribute towards – after all, what wedding guest doesn’t want you to help you achieve your dreams? Using Honeypot will allow your guests to get excited about what they’re putting money towards and allow you to thank those who contributed.

Deposit on a house

For many couples, purchasing your first home is a big step towards your future life together – and with the house prices in New Zealand (okay, mostly Auckland), it couldn’t hurt to get some help. Allowing your guests to be a part of this may be the perfect option for the budget-conscious couple – just remember to throw an awesome house-warming party for everyone once you move in!

Renovation costs

If you’re already past the step of purchasing your first home, you may be considering renovations. You could list items needed, such as timber, tiles or even tradesman costs. Once your renovations are finished, invite everyone around to thank them and show off the house!

Large appliances or furniture

If you’re anything like the Honeypot team, your furniture and whiteware is probably a mishmash of hand-me-downs, TradeMe purchases and leftovers from old flatmates! Asking guests to contribute to a good quality dining table, lounge suite, fridge or washing machine could be a great practical option that will last for years to come.

Home entertainment

Maybe you’re less of a homemaker and more into gadgets? A new TV or gaming console could be the perfect gift for you. Just remember to invite your guests over to watch the game or for a gaming afternoon to thank them!

 

Whatever you decide you need some help with, add it to your Honeypot gift registry and let your guests choose what they’d like to help you save for. Rather than just giving you impersonal cash, they’ll get to make a contribution to your future – and who doesn’t want to do that?

What on earth is a honeymoon registry?

Get the gift you really want – in other words, what on earth is a honeymoon registry?

So you’re getting married. Congratulations! I’m sure by now you’ve looked at several wedding mags, scrawled through countless blogs and been inundated with wedding advice. Never before have you been asked to make so many decisions!

One thing that might feel like too much hard work to think about right now is your wedding registry. Continue reading “What on earth is a honeymoon registry?”