After conducting our National Wedding Survey and finding out that the average wedding cost in the UK is £18,400, it’s no surprise that more and more couples are opting to ask for contributions to a honeymoon fund in the form of a honeymoon gift list. After all that wedding spending, it seems many are - quite rightly - only too happy to receive a little help with the honeymoon!
Add to that the fact that lots of couples already have everything they need in the way of traditional wedding gifts (we're all set for a toaster, thanks) and honeymoon gift lists have taken over as one of the most popular choices when it comes to wedding gifting.
There are lots of different styles of wedding gift lists on the market and it can be tricky knowing which to pick. To help you out, we've rounded up our favourite honeymoon fund websites in the UK and all of the features that make their wedding honeymoon funds special… prepare to be amazed!
The Best Honeymoon Fund Websites in the UK
1. The Wedding Shop Honeymoon Fund
The Wedding Shop is one of the top wedding gift list providers in the UK thanks to their remarkable, award-winning service to couples. They have a massive 30 years of experience in providing first-rate gift lists that include everything from products for the home to once in a lifetime experiences.
With The Wedding Shop, you can ask your guests to make a honeymoon or minimoon donation via your list. You can remotely control your honeymoon gift list online and your guests can personalise their gifts with notes to make it extra special.
Partnering with travel and experience specialists Mr & Mrs Smith, Truly Experiences, Original Travel and Wild Frontiers, The Wedding Shop Honeymoon Registry UK allows you to add everything from a Blue Lagoon getaway in Iceland to a picturesque escape to Bruges to your list.
Plus, guests can also utilise the physical gift options and give something such as a multi-photo frame to store your honeymoon memories in or some crystal Champagne glasses to toast them with!
They have a 4.6/5 rating on Trust Pilot with many guests saying that the website is easy to navigate. "Very simple to use & took the hassle out of deciding what to buy," explains one reviewer.
If you're giving the traditional honeymoon a miss or fancy heading off on a minimoon first, The Wedding Shop also offer a range of minimoon gifting options including ultra-romantic hideaway stays at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve.
2. Prezola Honeymoon Fund
Prezola is a six-time award-winning gift list service with an extremely high satisfaction rate amongst its users - both couples who have set up gift lists and their gift-giving guests. "Really easy and affordable! Guests loved paying for elements of our honeymoon!" explains one couple.
They have helped thousands more couples create their perfect wedding gift lists, so you're in great hands with Prezola.
As well as a huge range of hand-selected homeware, they offer a range of honeymoon fund options, from general honeymoon donations to gifts of snorkelling adventures, breakfast in bed, cocktails on the beach, room upgrades and more.
You can mix your honeymoon gift list up and have cash donations, physical gifts and charity donations which is great for couples who can’t quite decide on one type of gift list. Couples can set up a list for free and Prezola will charge just 2% of any honeymoon funds or cash gifts received.
The website plays host to over 50,000 gifts from 500 brands which gives you plenty of choice to add some extra accessories that will make your honeymoon even better. Plus, if you change your mind about any of your chosen gifts, you can swap it for another item on the site or keep it as Prezola credit to spend later.
3. Buy Our Honeymoon Honeymoon Fund
Buy Our Honeymoon does exactly what it says on the tin, it allows your friends and family to buy, or help contribute towards, your dream holiday – sounds good to us!
Their facilities enable you to use the website in conjunction with any travel operator and for any destination you like which means the possibilities are endless. You can mix your gifts up to include anything from airport parking at Heathrow to helicopter rides, breakfast in bed and unlimited use of your hotel minibar and make the list as detailed as you like.
It can look seriously pretty too with the site’s gorgeous variety of design themes - bonus!
"Guests love being able to buy something romantic and specific from your list, so it’s fun to break your travel down into interesting components," says Shelley Green Co-Founder of Buy Our Honeymoon. This is confirmed by a Trust Pilot reviewer who said, "We had so many amazing comments about our honeymoon gift list as guests found it so easy to use."
The list on Buy Our Honeymoon can be divided up into different categories and custom selections that totally suit yours and your partner’s choices and the order of gifts displayed can also be changed by you so you have complete control over what your guests are seeing.
"Unlike a traditional gift list, where brands, quantities and costs are the centre of attention, Buy Our Honeymoon makes sure your gift list is all about the story you want to tell," Shelley explains. "The service is flexible and practical, plus, your funds are always paid directly to you, facilitated by the site, so they’re yours to spend as soon as each payment clears."
When the fun of the honeymoon is all over, the gift list can be digitally downloaded with a full gift history which will make writing your thank you cards a dream. All this comes in at a rather thrifty £49, a one-time fee that ensures your gifts and your guests' money is safe from fees and charges.
4. The Turquoise Holiday Company Honeymoon Fund
The Turquoise Holiday Company are luxury travel specialists who can create bespoke honeymoons tailor-made to your requirements. Their honeymoon gift list is a complimentary service for all couples who book with them and so if you’re already eyeing up a Turquoise trip, you’re going to want to make the most of this fantastic service.
You’ll get a dedicated honeymoon gift list coordinator (fancy!) who will act as the point of contact for the service. You’ll also be able to tailor your gift list to your honeymoon itinerary and benefit from the knowledge of the Turquoise team who’ll have plenty of gifting experience ideas.
James Bell, Managing Director at Turquoise Holidays says, "We highly recommend couples using our gift list service when creating their bespoke honeymoon as it’s a fantastic way for friends and family to make the trip completely unforgettable. Turquoise’s list service is complimentary and guests can either make cash contributions, or they can purchase individual experiences for the happy couple.
"What better wedding present could they give than to start off marriage with the holiday of a lifetime!”
If you fancy adding in a few household items or alternative gifts, that’s no problem here and guests will be able to contribute over the phone, online or by cheque. Turquoise also make it super-easy for you to spread the word about your honeymoon gift list by giving you unlimited gift list cards to pop in your wedding invitations.
5. Honeyfund Honeymoon Fund
Free to create and with just a 3.4% charge on any bank account deposits – cash, cheque and custom payments are free – it’s easy to see why so many couples choose Honeyfund.
You can use the site to create personalised gift options for your guests to choose and they can then gift them to you via your preferred method. Whether that’s via your bank account or slotted into your wedding card, it’s easy for both sides to organise and you’re not tied to any tour operators or any particular method of payment.
"A honeymoon fund can empower friends and family to support your dream honeymoon! Honeyfund lets you create a wish list of experiences that wedding guests can fund as a wedding gift -- it's fun for them and has a real impact on your future," comments Sara Margulis, CEO and Co-founder of Honeyfund.
To help inspire you, Honeyfund have also created gift lists based on their top five most popular destinations and more, allowing you to see the most exciting and in-demand experiences on offer wherever you’re going. "Honeyfund's mission is to make the honeymoon happen for all couples because we know from our own research that couples who travel together, stay together," says Sara.
Honeyfund allows you to design a beautiful site that’s as stylish as it is easy to use and when you opt for Honeyfund Elite for £29.99, you can access even more design features including photo slideshows and a choice of design templates.
6. Kuoni Honeymoon Gift List
As the travel partner of high street faves John Lewis, it's easy to sort your honeymoon while shopping for wedding essentials at any one of the 18 stores with a Kuoni branch nestled inside! If that wasn't convenient enough, when you do book with Kuoni you'll also get a free honeymoon gift list.
"You can use the funds in your gift list completely as you choose, whether that be flight upgrades, that room upgrade to a private villa with pool, or perhaps a local experience to capture the memories of your honeymoon like a private dinner setting on the beach or hot air balloon ride over spectacular scenery," says Stacey Owens, travel expert from Kuoni.
When you book your honeymoon with Kuoni and register your Kuoni Gift List, you'll receive a welcome pack containing announcement cards with gift list details to slot into your wedding invitations. Your guests can then log in, make a contribution and leave a personal message.
"This creates a more personal way of asking for contributions, and offers couples an easy way to transfer contributions made and keep track of gifts when it comes to writing those all-important thank you cards," explains Stacey.
Once your honeymoon balance is due, you can use your gifts to help pay for your holiday - sounds pretty awesome to us! You can also keep the gift list open for up to three weeks after the honeymoon happens for any late donations by forgetful guests and let’s face it, there’s always one….or two!
Honeymoon Fund Wording
Couples can often feel slightly awkward when asking their guests for their wedding gift to be a honeymoon fund, but it doesn't have to be. A honeymoon fund poem is a polite and fun way to direct your friends and family over to your honeymoon fund website - and it will help get your creative juices flowing!
But what exactly is a honeymoon fund poem? Similar to a wedding money poem, it is a short poem that outlines what you want contributions for and why. If you're struggling to think of a way to word your honeymoon fund request, we've put an example below:
Honeymoon Fund Poem
Thank you for joining us on our special day,
We have just one more request to ask if we may,
It might not be the way things are traditionally done,
But if you'd like to give a gift, please contribute to our honeymoon fun!
We can't wait to head off on an adventure and explore,
And with your help, we'll be able to see so much more.
This will be such a special way for us to celebrate,
Something we will truly treasure and appreciate.
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