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With increasing numbers of couples marrying after they have already set up home together, the need for the traditional wedding gift list which includes items such as housewares and fine china for the newlyweds to furnish their home with, isn’t so nearly as prevalent as it has been in the past. In contrast online honeymoon registries are one of the most rapidly growing areas of the wedding registry market and are definitely the most popular choice for couples who want to register for alternative wedding gifts. For couples who already have everything they need to fill their marital homes, then what better gift to ask your guests to contribute towards than a luxurious honeymoon for the two of you! Weddings, no matter how well planned and picture perfect they are, leave newlyweds feeling exhausted so without doubt the best way to kick-start married life together is to have a dream honeymoon!
The Traveler's Joy Honeymoon Registry at TravelersJoy.com is an excellent example of the way the honeymoon registry industry is evolving. It provides an online service that allows couples to create their own customized honeymoon registries. The Traveler’s Joy account can be used as an alternative to a traditional wedding registry or as a complement. Judging by the testimonials on their website it is easy to see why Traveler's Joy has become so successful and popular since its launch in 2004.
Traveler’s Joy offers a high level of personalized service, enabling couples to tap into an extensive proprietary advice on creating a registry and researching and planning travel. Staff can give advice ranging from the popular honeymoon destinations to the more adventurous and unique holiday spots. It is important to remember though that couples are not required to book their honeymoon through Traveler’s Joy - it is a registry service, not a travel agency. All couples have the flexibility to book travel arrangements through the agent or carrier of their choice.
Brandon Warner, president and co-founder of Traveler's Joy, says:
"Non-traditional registries are a great way for couples to really focus on the gifts they want. The Internet is providing modern solutions for an industry that hadn't really changed much in decades.”
In fact he goes on to say that wedding guests tend to give more generous gifts than they do on traditional wedding registries.
"Our members average about $2,400 in gifts per registry, which is a big chunk of the average honeymoon cost of around $3,500. A sizable portion of our members not only pay for their entire honeymoon, but are able to upgrade or extend it with the additional gifts from their registry."
Family and friends can easily and securely contribute money towards a couple’s honeymoon and any specific gifts, such as a romantic dinner for two or theatre tickets, that they have additionally requested.
There are no hidden fees, the fee structure states that couples pay a 7.5% commission on the total amount contributed by their wedding guests. This is deducted before the balance is then sent to the couple. This is a competitively low commission compared to other online services. It isn’t uncommon to find lower fees but typically this will mean the couple will have to book their travel with them. As always it is important to read the small print. Some services advertise themselves as “free” honeymoon registries, but usually for your guests to contribute via credit card they will need to sign up for a third party payment service incurring additional fees.
Setting up a Traveler’s Joy account:
Newlyweds only need a five minutes to set up their account. Following this they can easily create a great registry page like this example:
Using simple steps it is possible to quickly create a sophisticated design complete with gift descriptions, video, pictures, and travel plans. Ultimately each couple can completely customize their own registry to reflect their own style and interests.
Subsequently the couple will have their own easy to remember link to share with friends and family. It comes in this format:
Guests can be notified of the link by using a free email registry notice postcard service, or by mailing postcards, and letters.
Once guests receive notification, even the least tech-savvy ones, will be able to log in, buy a gift and contribute to the couple’s honeymoon account. The site uses industry standard 128-bit SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to ensure that the guest’s sensitive data (credit card number, name, address, etc.) is transmitted securely - every time. In addition, Traveler’s Joy do not save credit card information once a gift transaction has been completed. The gift transaction itself is encrypted.
Each time a gift giver’s credit card is charged, the money is deposited into a special account at Wachovia Bank. This account is only used for member deposits and withdrawal requests.
At this stage an email detailing the gift will be automatically sent to both the gift giver and the couple. In addition, the online account information is immediately updated. There is also the option for the gift giver to request, for a small additional fee, a custom gift card to be sent directly to the couple or to themselves (to give to them at a later time).
Paying for your dream honeymoon:
When it comes time to pay for your honeymoon couples simply log into the "Your Account " page and click the "Redeem Gifts" link. From there, they can schedule a check to be sent to them. This service offers three check delivery options (USPS First Class, FedEx 2Day, and FedEx Overnight). Please note a fee applies for FedEx requests. To protect the couple checks are only issued in the name of the primary account holder. It takes 72 hours for funds from a gift transaction to be available for withdrawal.
Thanking your guests:
Traveler's Joy provides its members with the gift-givers' contact information in order to make the thank you card process as easy as possible. Within the Account Management page, you can easily click on the "Create Printable Thank You List" link and a custom window will pop up ready for printing.
Traveler's Joy, Inc.
11 S Hampshire Court, Suite 200
Wilmington, DE 19807
Toll Free: 888-878-5569
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