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The 411: From romantic sunset cruises to relaxing spa days, saving for and booking your honeymoon has never been easier than with HoneymoonWishes.com, the world’s only all-inclusive online registry made just for that special trip.
Kristin Stark and Lee Cornwell founded HoneymoonWishes.com in 2003 with the hope of helping wives- and husbands-to-be plan their honeymoon, as well as allowing guests to purchase gifts, even before they arrive at their destination.
Now serving more than 376,000 brides and grooms and used by more than 58,000 travel agents and wedding professionals, HoneymoonWishes.com has become a one-of-a-kind company that exclusively focuses on providing couples with the tools they need to truly make this a once in a lifetime vacation.
And Nancy Williams, HoneymoonWishes.com’s business development manager, was kind enough to give us the inside scoop.
Whether it’s choosing a dream location or fun activities to do, the Honeymoon Wishes team is there every step of the way.
When creating a honeymoon registry, all couples have to do is select between different hotels, resorts and other destinations and then choose from a list of ideas that are specific to that area. Honeymoon Wishes will take care of the rest.
“They don’t have to do any of the work involved with trying to figure out what’s in the destination or what the hotel offers. We’ve done that for them,” Williams said. “All they need to do is select from that list which items are of interest to them or which items they’d like to invite their friends to purchase for them.”
Honeymoon Wishes also provides family members and friends with the customer support they need to purchase gifts couples actually want, which means you can say goodbye to the typical toaster and towel set!
“We find that couples aren’t using us because they cannot afford a honeymoon. They’re using us because they don’t want more stuff, and they would love a fantastic experience like a helicopter tour on the island of Kauai or scuba diving lessons in Cancun,” she said. “Those are the things that create memories that last a lifetime, instead of a cookie platter that’s going to be hidden in the closet until that aunt who gave it to you comes to visit.”
But that’s not the only thing that makes Honeymoon Wishes stand apart.
The registry also has established relationships with a variety of resorts, cruise lines, tourist boards and hotels throughout the world where they have created registries and wish lists for the most popular honeymoon destinations.
“Not only does it, for lack of a better word ‘legitimize’ the honeymoon registry for friends and family who maybe have not heard about it, but it also provides the feeling that Honeymoon Wishes is the leader in the honeymoon registry industry,” Williams said.
Unlike traditional registries that keep couples and guests separate, Honeymoon Wishes allows everyone to participate together, making the entire experience more enjoyable.
“What I’d like to underscore to the couples who are thinking about using a honeymoon registry is that not only is it wonderful for them, because they’re getting these really fantastic items for their honeymoon as their wedding gifts, but it’s also a really fantastic experience for their gift-givers,” Williams said. “Instead of ‘Geez, the only thing left on their wedding registry is a turkey baster. How dumb was that?’ they know they’re participating in a really special part of the couple’s new life together.”
The Honeymoon Wishes team also strives to improve the wedding experience with their launch of Wedding Optimizer, a new technology that allows couples to access options from all of the resorts, cruise lines and hotels the company works with to make planning a wedding easier than ever before.
“As they move from dating to engagement, they can look at our partners that offer the Wedding Optimizer to plan and book their destination wedding, and then they can move into the honeymoon registry for all those fantastic registry gifts,” she said.
So if you’re ready for the honeymoon of your dreams, visit www.honeymoonwishes.com.