I attended a wedding shower a few weeks ago. It was for the daughter of a very good friend of mine. I can’t believe I’m old enough to be attending the weddings of my friends’ children, but I digress.
This wasn’t a typical wedding shower. The bride and groom live out of state so the bride’s mom is planning the wedding for her daughter. The bride and groom would not be able to lug a bunch of china and other typical wedding gifts back home (which is half way across the country), so the bride registered on a site called Honey Fund (www.HoneyFund.com).
Honey Fund is a virtual bridal registry that allows the bride and groom to register for things they need and want. However, they don’t receive an actual gift. The website tracks the gifts received but the giver provides cash or check instead for the selected amount. The money is earmarked to pay for a specific item on the registry, but the bride and groom have the flexibility to purchase the items themselves at their convenience.
Couples can register for traditional gifts such as toasters, mixers, and other house wares, but the site is more often used to register for non-traditional wedding gifts such as airfare, hotel stays, dinners and drinks at the honeymoon destination as well as excursions and spa treatments.
The funds can essentially be used to help the couple pay for their honeymoon. They can also be collected to help pay for the down payment on a house. For couples who have already established a home or who don’t need “things,” this is a wonderful way for their guests to help them start their married life in grand style.
It’s also very convenient for the guests. They can do everything from their home computer, even as late as the day of the shower or wedding!
I highly recommend this convenient and easy to use tool for new brides.