Erin and Peter Juzenas celebrate their wedding last August at the
Barn at Trinity Peak in the Town of Oconomowoc.
courtesy of Sarah Schlicht from Fresh Frame Photography
- Wedding registries have morphed in recent years from blenders and
Tupperware to board games and compost bins. Now, brides and grooms
are increasingly forgoing the registry and instead creating an
online crowdfunding campaign to help pay for their honeymoons.
Rocamora, owner of Rain or Shine Events, said because more couples
already have the items needed for their homes, they will turn to
alternative gift ideas.
fact, the Milwaukee area wedding planner said she has one couple in
their early 30s who plan to set up a crowdfunding campaign for their
websites such as Honeyfund, GoFundMe and Honeymoon Wishes make it
easy to raise cash from family and friends for a post-wedding
getaway. The sites charge fees for their services — as much as 10
percent of the total collected — but people are warming up to the
idea, despite the cost.
this March 1 photo, Nicole DePinto, left, and her husband,
Anthony, pose for a photo with their crowdfunding page
displayed on an iPad, in New York. Websites such as
Honeyfund, GoFundMe and Honeymoon Wishes make it easy to
raise cash for a post-wedding getaway.
couples increasingly live together first and marry later, they
already have toasters and towels, so traditional gift registries
don't make as much sense. Honeymoon registries also provide a polite
way of hinting to guests to give money instead, without breaking
that help couples raise cash for honeymoons have seen their
popularity soar recently. Honeyfund users, for example, raised $90
million last year, a 50 percent jump from the year before, says
co-founder and CEO Sara Margulis.
year, 22 percent of people using the Knot, a wedding planning site,
said they also used honeymoon registries, according to a survey of
6,500 customers. That's the same as the year before, but up from 17
percent in 2013 and 13 percent in 2012.
said physical wedding gifts are less popular than they once were.
She said guests don’t feel like carrying gifts with them to the
hotel or ceremony and are instead opting for cash envelopes or boxes
usually advise my couples not to expect a whole lot of gifts,”
those who like to know where their cash gifts are going, a
crowdfunding site offers more accountability. Rocamora likes to give
a gift of money, knowing that it’s going to something that
encourages love for the couple, such as a destination honeymoon.
for cash in the invitation is a wedding faux pas, said Kristen
Maxwell Cooper, deputy editor at The Knot. But passing around a link
to a honeymoon registry works, because couples can explain to guests
exactly where the money will be spent, she says.
has collected $2 billion to date for all sorts of personal
campaigns, raising money for medical emergencies, crime victims and
other local causes. But the site does have a weddings and honeymoons
section where users have raised $4 million since GoFundMe was
launched six years ago, says media director Kelsea Little. Honeyfund,
meanwhile, is more focused on honeymoons. Couples can list exactly
what the cash will pay
for, from hotel rooms to sightseeing tours to massages.
resorts and cruise lines are jumping in, using Honeymoon Wishes to
power honeymoon registries built into their sites. At Carnival
Cruise Line, for example, couples can ask wedding guests to pay for
scuba diving excursions or horseback rides.
said there are other wedding trends, such as people not wanting to
have a large cake. Instead, the bride and groom will choose to serve
pie or ask guests to bring a meaningful dessert to share. One of
Rocamora’s clients requested the female guests bring a signature
family dessert and they ended up with four tables of treats and
making doggy bags for the extras.
shabby chic wedding remains popular, Rocamora said, especially in
Wisconsin, but in the future she things the trends will be really
dramatic with sparkle and golds.
people remain cautious about how they spend their money.
are) not wanting to spend $50,000 on one night,” Rocamora said,
adding they would rather do things themselves so they can pay for a
house or go on a honeymoon.
Want to raise
cash for your honeymoon? These sites do that
NEW YORK —
Thinking of setting up a registry to raise cash for a honeymoon? You
have options. GoFundMe, Honeyfund and Honeymoon Wishes are among the
sites that help couples ask wedding guests for honeymoon funds. The
sites charge fees, so make sure to read what each one charges before
committing. The companies say the fees cover payment processing and
it works: This
crowdfunding site, best known for collecting donations for medical
emergencies and local causes, also has a section for weddings and
honeymoons. GoFundMe campaigns are public and can be found by
anyone, although family and friends you send the link to are most
likely to donate. Fees:
7.9 percent plus 30 cents per donation in the U.S. and Canada. Fees
are lower in other countries.
it works: Couples
create registries that tell guests what they’ll use the money for,
such as hotel rooms, airfare, dinners or tours.
Fees: 2.8 percent
plus 30 cents per donation. To avoid fees, guests can send checks
instead of credit cards.
it works: Couples
can use the site directly, selecting what they’ll use the money for,
such as tours, dinners, airfare or hotels. Big resorts and cruise
lines, such as Sandals and Carnival, also incorporate Honeymoon
Wishes into their websites, sending cash directly to the companies
that newlyweds use on their honeymoons.
percent. Couples can pay the fee or choose to have guests pay it.