Registry Welcome Message Tips

We’ve noticed that our couples can be pretty creative when creating their Wanderable registries. Below are some of our favorite registry messages our couples have left to their guests. Some simple, some silly and some poetic… 🙂
heart tree
“It’s been a long time com­ing,
This tying of the knot,
And as a con­se­quence,
Most house­hold goods we’ve got.
Should you feel inclined
And want to know what we would wish for most
We’re plan­ning out our hon­ey­moon,
Along New Zealand’s coast
Below are some sug­ges­tions,
For honeymoon dreams come true
But please you mustn’t feel obliged,
’Cos that would never do.
So with heart­felt words from us,
We really want to say,
Your pres­ence at our wed­ding
Is the sole gift to make our day!”

“Welcome to our honeymoon registry! All things are in motion and we are only 4 tiny months away from one of the most memorable days of our shared life. After that day, some much needed relaxation will finally commence. Want to be a part of making our post-dream dream come true? Feel free to put in your two cents…or more!”

“The best memories we have together are from our travels and we intend to make this the pinnacle of all adventures. Thank you so much to everyone for contributing and helping us make it happen!”

“As most of you probably know, [groom’s name] and I are pretty set up with most of the lovely goods and gadgets needed in life (hey, we’ve made it this far!). Our real passion is travel, so we set up this registry for our guests who want to be a part of creating the memories of our honeymoon.”

Destination: France
We are planning a relaxing, romantic honeymoon to France. While your gift is not necessary, if you choose to contribute to our honeymoon, we would be very grateful!We’ll be spending a couple of weeks wandering around France, savoring the French food and champagne, exploring France from its magical heights of the Eiffel Tower and seeing all the artistic sites of the romantic City of Lights.

Destination Hawaii:
Aloha! Thank you for visiting our honeymoon registry! We have acquired many of the things we need for our home already and we are big fans of living a simple lifestyle. So rather than doing a traditional registry, we created this one so that you may contribute to our dream honeymoon, if you would like to.
We’ll be spending our honeymoon lounging on the beach, sipping Mai Tais, ziplining through the trees, snorkeling with the fishies, and hopefully attending a Luau. We are so excited to explore Hawaii together!

Destination: Italy
We are planning a relaxing, food-filled honeymoon to Italy. While your gift is not necessary, if you choose to contribute to our honeymoon, we would be very grateful!
We’ll be spending a couple weeks wandering around Italy, viewing ancient monuments, seeing Murano glass-blowers, and riding a gondola in Venice. We’ll be wandering around all the little streets and jumping into coffee shops when it gets too cold.

Tips for adding items to your Wanderable registry

You have a honeymoon registry but now you are stumped with what to put on it. Never fear! Here is our guide to the most popular items to include on your registry.

Gift

Destination: Anywhere! These gifts are popular no matter where Wanderers are honeymooning….

Welcome Drinks: Kick off your honeymoon with a bottle of champagne or wine!

Couple’s Massage: Wanderers’ favorite way to unwind after the stress of planning their dream wedding.

Luggage: What better time than your honeymoon to upgrade to matching His and Hers cases?

Camera: Capture every memory and moment with a new camera. Don’t forget the charger!

Romantic Dinner: No honeymoon would be complete without a couple of dinners over candlelight.

Picnic Time: One can never go wrong with a romantic picnic. Indulge in a picnic of cheese, bread, some of your other favorite antipasti, and a bottle of wine.

Flight Upgrade: Make even your journey unforgettable with first or business class upgrades.

Destination: Hawaii or anywhere beachy!

Cocktails on the Beach: Seaside sunsets are best paired with a couple of cheeky drinks.

Helicopter tour: It seems like every Wanderer headed to Hawaii wants to catch sight of one of the islands from above, on this unforgettable tour.

Snorkeling: A day spent exploring the coral reefs will make for some amazing memories.

Destination: Europe

Gelato: Headed to Italy? Whatever you do, don’t skip this decadent treat. It truly is better in Italy.

Wine tasting: Europe presents the perfect opportunity to try some fantastic wines with your honey.

Museum Admission: Paris presents fantastic chances to see world class art. The most popular, by far, is for the Musee d’Orsay.

Featured Hawaiian Island:

Second stop: Kauai

A sneak peek into what the Wanderable experts think are the top 5 experiences not to miss while honeymooning in Kauai!

Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and is commonly known as the “Garden Isle.” The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, it’s known for its tropical rainforests, forking rivers, and cascading waterfalls. It’s definitely an island well suited for couples that love outdoor excursions and adventure.

Kauai


Visit the Beach:
  Once you have checked in and gotten situated in your hotel room, visit one of the nearby beaches. Kick off your flip-flops and enjoy the view! Two of our favorite beaches are the sacred and picturesque Maha’ulepu Beach, which is known for it’s stunning views both in the water and out, and Kalapaki Beach, which is frequented by local surfers and is known as a great place to swim. There are many other beaches to explore, each with their own unique features and a wide-range of activities including snorkeling, swimming, lounging, and luaus; there is something for every couple. Make the memory even more special by packing a romantic picnic to enjoy while you’re there.

BeachKayaking:  One of Kauai’s greatest and most unique draws is that it’s home to the only navigable rivers in Hawaii, which makes kayaking an extremely popular activity. There are many rivers to paddle down, but we recommend the Wailua River for its diverse and breathtaking views. In a single trip, you can see Opaekaa Falls, the famous Sleeping Giant in the Nounou Mountains, and the romantic Fern Grotto… just to name a few. If you are lucky, they might even be playing traditional Hawaiian music in the Grotto.

Wailua River

 Waimea Canyon:  Spend at least a full day exploring Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Park. Waimea Canyon will intoxicate the senses; known as the Grand Canyon of the pacific, this stretch of valley is a smaller and much greener version of the landlocked state park. With breathtaking views and incredible trails, this adventure definitely ranks high on our list. The canyon is protected by the Koke’e State Park, which encompasses 4,345 acres of land and has 45 miles of trails that run through the canyon and the nearby Alakai Swamp. It’s definitely a great stop for adventurists. Frommer’s has a wonderful guide with info about the area and how to best plan your day there.

Waimea Canyon

Helicopter Tour:  No trip to Kauai would be complete without a helicopter tour! There are so many gorgeous sites to see and many are only accessible by air. Ninety percent of Kauai’s beautiful waterfalls cannot be seen any other way. Highlights of the most common helicopter tours include Nawlliwili Harbor, the Menehune Fish Pond, Jurassic Park Falls, the Hanapepe Valley, Waimea Canyon, the Na Pali Coast, the Hanalei Valley, Mt. Waialeale, and Wailua Falls. It is an experience you will never forget.

Helicopter Tour

Zip-lining:  There’s nothing quite like gliding above a jungle-canopy 50-80 feet above the ground. For a rush of adrenaline and some more unforgettable views, go on a zip-lining excursion. Zip-lining tours are both informative and fun. Your guides will teach you about the history of the area and the diverse ecosystems that make this island such a unique place.

Zip-lining

Don’t forget:  Sunscreen! And sports sandals like Keens or Chacos, they might not be cute, but they’re great for any adventure sport you might choose to do.

When to go:  Frommer’s has a great guide to find the cheapest times to travel to Kauai. Weather doesn’t change too much, so it’s not as important of a variable.

Where to eat:  Enjoy a hearty breakfast and some of the best coffee in the area at Kalaheo Cafe and Coffee Company.

For lunch, check out the Shrimp Station, if you are in the mood for seafood. Word has it that they serve “The Best Coconut Shrimp on the Planet.”

Finish a perfect day with dinner at Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill.

Common souvenirs: Chocolate covered macadamia nuts, coffee, jewelry, and clothing.

Have you been to Kauai? What are your tips for other Wanderers?

The first Hawaiian Island we featured was Maui… find that post here.

Featured Hawaiian Island: Maui

The feedback from our couples here at Wanderable, as well as other sources, show that Hawaii is the number one choice for a honeymoon destination. We’re not surprised, given all the beauty the islands possess.  Each island certainly has its own unique staples that it is known for.

Here is the first featured island and the top five things not to miss while you’re there:

First Stop: Maui, otherwise known as the Valley Isle

Taking the Road to Hana:  Spend an entire day taking one of the most famous and picturesque drives that exists, the road to Hana. A scenic drive might be an understatement to describe this stretch of highway. From seascapes, to botanical gardens, to waterfall pools and everything in between, it is an essential experience in capturing the beauty that Maui encompasses. If you decide to do the drive it in one day get an early start, as the road can be busy during certain hours. Leave at sunrise and take your sweet time, returning after sunset.  If you have multiple days it is certainly worth it to stay overnight at one of the hotels or cottages in the area. There is plenty to see and do. If you do have the time, don’t miss Kaihalulu (Red Sand Beach) and/or eat at Mama’s Fish House.

Hawaii

Haleakala Volcano Sunrise:  Known as one of the most memorable experiences to have in Maui, watch the sun rise or even set from the Haleakala Volcano. This volcano sits almost 10,000 feet above sea level and the views are breathtaking! Adding this to your agenda will certainly take a little extra planning but it is definitely worth the effort. In order to catch the sunrise it will be a very early morning start; you can look up info as to when the sun will be rising and plan accordingly. Try to arrive at the Haleakala Visitor Center no later than a half hour before the sun rises or even earlier for a good spot. Dress warm and bring layers, to ensure for comfort. It’s also wise to bring snacks or a bite to eat with you. Make the mood extra romantic with a breakfast picnic and mimosas. Stay a while after the sun rises because the view isn’t over yet; watch the colors fill up the sky and linger a bit. See GoHawaii’s full write-up for more detailed information.

Haleakala Volcano

IAO Needle:  Want to do some exploring of your own? Some of the best hikes in the area can be found in the IAO valley, which is considered sacred land. Here you can see the iconic 1,200-foot Iao Needle. A beautiful outcropping that overlooks Iao stream and is an ideal attraction for easy hiking and sightseeing. There are plenty of trails to choose from, all in varying degrees of difficulty.  We’ve found Hawaii State Parks to be a great resource.

IAO Needle

Helicopter Tour:  There is no better way to take in the vast beauty that Maui contains, than from the sky. Treat yourselves to a helicopter tour and see landscapes that you would otherwise never get to experience. Because Maui is full of rugged, uninhabited stretches of terrain there is much that would be inaccessible were it not for these tours. One area, for example, is the north coast of Molokai which features the tallest sea cliffs in the world. It will be an experience that you will surely never forget. TripAdvisor has great reviews for AirMaui.

Maui

Wailea Beach:  No trip to Maui would be complete without at least one day at the beach. There are many to choose from but one that comes very highly recommended is Wailea Beach, which is great for swimming and playing in the water/sand. The waves and the water here are pretty predictable, unlike many other beaches in Maui. The water is crystal clear and the views from the beach are gorgeous. A great place to relax and let all of your cares just melt away.

Wailea Beach

Don’t forget:  Sunscreen!! Sports sandals like Keens or Chacos, they might not be so cute, but they’re great for any adventure sports you might choose to do.

When to go:  Frommer’s has a great guide to find the cheapest times to travel to Maui. Weather doesn’t change too much so is not as important of a variable.

Where to stay on a budget:

AirBnB has some great budget accommodations.

A Private Studio in Sunny Kihei

A Kozy Kihei Studio (If you don’t mind outdated Hawaiian prints): 

Or Maui with a view on a budget:

Where to stay when you can splurge:
Four Seasons Maui: http://www.fourseasons.com/maui/

Fairmont Hotel : http://www.fairmont.com/kea-lani-maui/

Westin Hotel: http://www.westinkaanapali.com/

Where to eat:
Always listed as a go-to place along the Road to Hana, Mama’s Fish House. For wonderful seafood and great views, eat here.

Flatbread Company – For great pizza and beer make sure to check out the Flatbread Company.

For a fancier dinner that’s  actually worth the price, go to Lahaina Grill.

Common souvenirs: Chocolate covered macadamia nuts, coffee, jewelry, and clothing.

Have you been to Maui? What are your tips for other Wanderers?

Women Who Wander

A Q&A with the Wanderable co-founders Marcela Miyazawa and Jenny Chen on how they went from college roommates to entrepreneurs, and why they are changing the gift giving industry.

How did you meet?

Jenny: I met Marcela on my first day at Stanford—she was my freshman year roommate.  I was unpacking my stuff when she came tumbling in through the door.  She’s just as bubbly and energetic today as she was that day 11 years ago.

Marcela:  When we were first assigned as roommates we weren’t sure why, because we didn’t have any of the similarities that they mention when pairing people up—we had completely opposite sleep schedules and tastes in music. Yet throughout our years at school we became really close. Computer Science wasn’t something that existed in Chile when I was growing up, so it was only after seeing Jenny’s excitement about it that I finally enrolled in a class. I ended up loving that feeling of possibility, of being able to build anything I could think of by simply knowing how to code.

How did the idea for Wanderable come together?

Jenny: After graduating, I went off to work as a software engineer at Amazon in Seattle and Marcela worked as a product manager for Microsoft in the Bay Area, but we kept in touch and went on trips together to Portland, the San Juan Islands and Alaska. About two years ago, as we were talking, we decided that it would be a pretty awesome adventure to start a company together.

Marcela: We didn’t initially start with the idea of a honeymoon registry, but after the experience I had at my own wedding, we decided to build one because we saw a need for it.

What is your vision behind Wanderable?

Marcela: As we learned more about wedding registries, we realized that something key was missing. You’re inviting close family and friends to celebrate with you, but the current gifting process feels impersonal. I’ve noticed if I put off purchasing a gift for too long I am suddenly stuck buying something innocuous like a pillow or an expensive bowl with no meaning behind it. However, with the opportunity I’d be excited to purchase china that reminded someone of family dinners, or something that enabled someone to have an experience they wanted. We wanted to bring back the “why” into gifting, where both the giver and the receiver are sharing the possibility of new memories and not just another physical item on a list. 

Jenny: When you ask someone what is truly important to them, they talk about their family and friends. And when you give your friends and family gifts, you want to give them something meaningful that they’ll appreciate and remember.  Technology has evolved to the point where it’s simple to share our lives and experiences with our loved ones. Wanderable makes gifts meaningful again by transforming them to be about experiences and the memories that they provide.

Marcela: We want to make the online gifting process feel like it is part of the real, elaborate, emotional events that weddings are. We want gifting to not feel like a chore, but something you want to do because it’s exciting to provide new experiences to your family and friends—the kind of experiences they’ll think fondly of for years to come.

Favorite destination:

Marcela: I’d be hard pressed to choose only one, but I really liked the optimism of Bhutan and their cultural values, such as the importance of measuring Gross National Happiness. I also happened to go at a really interesting time politically, because they were transitioning peacefully from a monarchy to a democracy.

Favorite trip memory:

Jenny:  Getting caught in a rainstorm while we were exploring a riverbed in Alaska. It was miserable, cold and wet on the way back up to the visitor’s center, but being able to dry yourself off afterwards and then eat something warm makes you feel so happy!