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Registered For Honeymoon But Didn't Get as Much as We Expected

Ask a Savvy Bride: We Didn't Get the Money We Hoped For

Wedding planning and etiquette can be tricky. If you have a dilemma like the one below, be sure to ask our Savvy Bride for help in the Ask Savvy group.

Dear Savvy,
My fiance and I registered for our honeymoon in lieu of traditional wedding gifts. We're getting married in just three weeks and we haven't gotten anywhere near the amount of money we thought we were going to receive from our registry. I know people have up to a year to buy a gift, but we scheduled our honeymoon right after our wedding. What should we do?

Home For Our Honeymoon?

To see the Savvy Bride's advice, read more.

If you didn't make a note that you were honeymooning immediately after your wedding, it's not a shock to me that you haven't received all your gifts/credits yet. You're right, some people don't buy presents right away so it looks like you might have to foot part of the honeymoon bill yourselves. My best advice for quick funds would be to convert gifts like dinners and spa treatments that you registered for into cash, if possible. If you feel an immediate sense of urgency, see if you can add a statement to the registry now — since your wedding is just weeks away, I'm sure many of your guests will be looking around to see what's left and hopefully the extra push will force them to buy now instead of later.

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