Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wedding Spending increases in Q1 2010

In the first half of 2010 the average cost of a wedding increased 21.9% from $19,581 (2009) to $23,867....

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Friday, July 9, 2010

What makes a "real" honeymoon registry?

Hello brides and grooms! I wanted to take a few moments to express my thoughts about HoneyLuna and other honeymoon registry companies that provide a "complete" honeymoon registry experience for brides and grooms -- as well as for their wedding guests. When I say complete, I mean a honeymoon registry that provides a shopping experience just like a guest would receive in a department store. They offer customer service, they accept credit cards, and they don't tell you to just go give cash to the couple.

I founded HoneyLuna in 1995 and was the first honeymoon registry online in 1996. When I launched HoneyLuna in 1995 honeymoon registries were virtually non-existent. I spent years creating this market and creating it in such a way that the honeymoon registry was as “traditional” as possible to other bridal registries offered. It was – and still is – very important to me that honeymoon registries are respectful, well regarded and not considered “tacky”.

We have strived over the years to offer the best customer service possible – to both the bride and groom as well as their guests – to insure that they have a VERY positive experience with the honeymoon registry. There are very specific things that I feel set companies like, Traveler’s Joy, The and HoneyLuna apart – and make them true honeymoon registries.

· The guest never gives cash or a check to the couple. If they wanted to do that, why would they even need a honeymoon registry? Would a couple register at Target but then say “oh just give me cash”?

· We make it as seamless as possible for the wedding guests by accepting credit cards – and yes, that does create a fee that we have to cover. But many many guests do not have paypal accounts that other companies suggest guests use -- and this is a true hassle for them.

· We all have toll free #s for both the bridal couples as well as guests to call because we offer a service. And because we offer this level of service we do have expenses to cover.

· We do not cover our expenses with unwanted ads.

As a result of the hard work of Traveler’s Joy,, and, honeymoon registries are now an acceptable bridal registry option according to the Emily Post Institute of Etiquette and honeymoon registries are now 12% of the bridal registry market and growing.

Thus, it is very important to us that the integrity of the honeymoon registry concept is preserved – and not tainted, by companies that do not adhere to the same standards and level of service as the rest of us and tell your friends and family to "just write you a check".

Nancy Williams, Founder

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