7 Surprising Things People Are Funding Through Honeyfund

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When it comes to offering congratulations in the form of a gift, you really can't go wrong with cold, hard cash. These days, people are favoring unforgettable experiences over material possessions, which might explain why honeymoon funds appear to be replacing traditional wedding registries. In fact, according to a report by Pinterest, searches for "honeymoon fund" on the platform increased by 200% over the last year.
Websites that allow newlyweds to itemize and request contributions for every aspect of their honeymoons have likewise seen a spike in popularity. But Sara Margulis, CEO of honeymoon registry site Honeyfund, has also noticed another trend: couples raising cash for things completely unrelated to romantic getaways.
"Registries are a very personal thing: They express the true wishes of a couple," Margulis said. "Everyone coming to their page is someone who loves them, so people are not afraid to go into detail about what they are really excited about." We asked Margulis to highlight a few of the more unusual things couples are asking for through their Honeyfund registries — from Disney allowances to housecleaning services.
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A Year Of Cleaning

Who's doing the chores is probably the least sexy thing for a recently married couple to worry about. So, some of them are taking it out of the equation altogether — by funding regular housecleanings. "A modern couple who lives together and have their own full-time schedule do not want to deal with housework-related fights," Margulis said. "So this is a smart workaround to make things easier for themselves."
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Fertility Treatments

Fertility treatments are another of the more unusual registry items Margulis has seen. "There was a couple that requested this along with an item for a cruise, saying that they'd like to start a family right away, and wanted to receive funding for treatments as part of their honeymoon experience," Margulis said. "That actually did really well, proving that people are comfortable enough to lay their situations bare on these platforms."
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Marathons Across Europe

Many newlyweds use the platform to fund various indulgences on their honeymoon — like massages, fancy meals, or even cooking classes — but a pair of running enthusiasts took things to the next level. Margulis recalled the story of a couple who signed up for an international marathon through Europe and registered for all the related expenses on the trip.

Because of how meticulous their plans were, the response was overwhelmingly supportive. "The more detailed and exciting you make your registry, the more your guests will be able to dive into your experience," Margulis suggested. "It really helps if you take the time to outline every single aspect of the trip."
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Trips To Disneyland

"We have a huge subset of Disneyphiles in our user base, and they've dreamed of a Disney-themed honeymoon their whole lives," Margulis said. Given the high number of Mickey Mouse devotees out there, "annual theme park passes" has been a staple among the fun registry suggestions featured on the site.

She highly encourages couples not to shy away from sharing personal anecdotes to justify their items of choice, since the personal element is key to racking up more gifts.
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A Year Of Date Nights

Wedding planning may be a pain, but the real work begins after you get married. Some couples are setting up registries for future date night activities, like tickets to concerts and sporting events and gift certificates for romantic dinners.

"Marriage is about making a commitment to the time that you spend together, so I think having that built into your post-wedding life — and having guests contribute to it — is awesome," Margulis said.
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Uber Trips

Last year, Honeyfund launched a gift cards program, allowing guests to contribute experiential gifts to any couple without a registry. The credit can be redeemed through a network of airlines, hotel booking sites, theaters, and restaurants — but surprisingly, Uber is by far the most popular redemption option. Apparently, having a convenient means of transportation is much more appealing to some people than a nice vacation.
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Grad School Tuition

Adding down payments and home improvement projects to a honeymoon registry is not that uncommon, but some newlyweds are also turning to Honeyfund as a means to raise money for higher education. "This is about presenting what's real for these couples, and what's important to them at the time," Margulis said. With grad school becoming one of the top sources of debt, who can blame them?
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