Kenmore, Who? Engaged Couples Opting For Travel Registries More And More
The New York Times reports engaged couples no longer desire fine china on their big day; instead, they are interested in travel registries that allow their guests to deposit money in their honeymoon fund or help them purchase travel gear. Even better, guests will receive benefits from certain brands for making a purchase on behalf of the couple. For example, if guests use their rewards credit cards from a brand like Chase Sapphire, they will also receive points towards their own getaway.
United Airlines allows couples (who are members) to create a registry in order to travel to the destination of their choice and guests can deposit as little as $25 or as much as $10,000 on behalf of the couple. The NY Times also notes, “many airlines offer gift cards and certificates, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. All you have to do is provide guests with the link to the gift card landing page, and then in most cases they can just send you a digital or physical card.”
For those who rather set sail, many cruise companies have partnered with HoneymoonWishes.com to allow guests to either pay for their cruise trip or gift cards that can be used for room service. If the couple is staying local, they can ask their guests to gift them with Amtrak gift certificates that are available for $50 to $1,000.
While many couples may be picking whether or not they should go on a cruise or fly to their honeymoon, some would rather upgrade their travel gear. We’re talking Beats headphones or even fancy phone chargers. To register for miscellaneous objects as such, many pairs use MyRegister.com.
Although this new trend is taking flight, Suzy Cirulis, Director of Consumer Marketing for Crate and Barrel told Racked that, although wedding registries have changed dramatically since the 1960s, it’s traditional parameters still remain intact. “Cooking and entertaining have always been huge, but, over the past decade, we have seen more home furnishings and furniture make the lists. Many couples are blending existing homes, and already have some of the registry basics, so they also take the opportunity to register for special items like an espresso machine or a bar cabinet. We have also seen a trend towards more ‘casual’ registries. Whereas formal china and crystal were more popular at one time, now people are looking for things they can use every day in their more casual lifestyles.”
Circulis also noted that while couples may want to go with what is trendy, it’s important to think long term. “While you may not have a table that seats 12 today, you might someday, so you will want to make sure to register for 10 to 12 place settings,” she notes. Most important, “look for a program that will make it easy for you to fill in anything you didn’t receive, like a completion program that gives you a discount after your wedding day.”