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Just before Eilish Waters and Dr. Joseph Khouri wed in a gorgeous Ohio celebration at an old cathedral, they worked closely to create a strategy for their wedding registry. Since they already owned a home together and had most of the household items they needed, the bride and groom opted to focus primarily on a honeymoon registry. “The honeymoon fund was a great option!” says Eilish.
The couple decided to register with Traveler’s Joy, and though they had an excellent experience, they were surprised in the end by the service fee charged by the company. “Traveler’s Joy took a percentage that I was not anticipating,” tells Joseph. Nonetheless, the newlyweds wouldn’t change their decision to use an online honeymoon-fund service. “We had lived together and had been very comfortable in our daily needs before marriage. We wanted to enjoy an epic honeymoon,” confides the groom. The two were able to savor their time on the island of Maui before staying in Napa, California, prior to heading home.
For tangible gifts to add to their wish list, they agreed that Eilish would handle the retailer choices and the product selections at each store. “We like a classic yet modern theme, so I chose black-and-white items that match colors and styles in our home already,” she explains. “I did not select anything that was particularly hard to agree on.”
Photo by Lauren Gabrielle Photography
“We like a classic yet modern theme, so I chose black-and-white items that match colors and styles in our home already.”
While perusing Bloomingdale’s, Eilish chose a KitchenAid stand mixer, as well as a useful OXO kitchen tool set. At Crate and Barrel, the bride elected to add Leanne Ford dinnerware in an understated print, a “Brantley” serving board with cool leather handles, and a modern Greyson 20-piece flatware set. “I registered online. It was so much more convenient and easier to do it from home on my own time,” notes the bride.
Eilish continued by adding kitchen gadgets from Amazon she thought they could put to good use, such as a Ninja air-fry oven. She also thought it was a good opportunity to include items that they needed for evenings spent outdoors, including a portable ice chest, patio chairs, and barbecue accessories.
The bride also added luxurious sheets and a hand-knit throw blanket from Pottery Barn to their wish list. “I wanted to replace old things,” she smiles, reflecting on how special it was to refresh items in their home with gifts from family and friends. She does add that she wishes she had added more bed-sheet sets. “They get dirty fast, and it’s great to have extras!” she exclaims.
Aside from needed household items, the groom encourages other engaged couples to consider a honeymoon fund. It was especially helpful because he and Eilish come from big families and loved ones wanted to buy gifts from the registry, making it hard to keep up. “We didn’t need a lot of home items, and we really just wanted a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon experience,” he explains. “We got that and more. I couldn’t be happier.”
“It is not the most important part of your wedding-planning process. Make it fun for yourself and your spouse!”
“Though we kept it minimal, we made sure to include gifts that we would use together for ourselves and family.”
“Go down the list and circle things that you need. Include a honeymoon fund. You won’t regret it!”
This story was originally published as a Wish List feature in the Summer 2022 issue of Inside Weddings magazine. To order a copy of the Summer 2022 issue, visit our library of Inside Weddings back issues available for purchase.
Opening photo by Lauren Gabrielle Photography; Planning & Design by A Charming Fête; From Real Wedding: A Luxury Wedding at a Historic Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio