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PayPal gift transactions

At Buy Our Honeymoon, we don’t ever touch a penny of the gifts made to you by your friends and family, but your guests can nonetheless use a credit or debit card to make a simple online payment directly into your PayPal account, without needing to set up an account of their own.  This means that your gifts are yours from the moment they’re given, and you can securely manage your honeymoon fund however you please.

However, because payments are made into your account and not ours, we couldn’t always be certain whether a transaction had completed successfully.  The screen on PayPal that’s shown to guests includes a button to return them to your honeymoon gift list, but if a guest didn’t click it, we wouldn’t be able to determine the status of the transaction. Your guest’s payment would have gone through, but your Gift History in your Buy Our Honeymoon account would show “TBC”.

We’ve now been able to implement a system where PayPal informs us automatically, even though we’re a third-party to the transaction, whenever a successful payment has been made.

This means that we’ll be able to record the PayPal transaction ID for almost all gifts made in future through the site. Most guests do click the button to return to the site — but this new system should cover those that don’t, and make your Gift History a far more comprehensive record of payments that have been made into your account.

There’s a setting within your PayPal account that you can use, however, to disable these instant payment notifications, and if you’ve done this, we’ll still depend on your guests clicking the button to notify us manually. If you haven’t changed your profile to explicitly disable this, however, the new notification system will now already be at work for you. If you think you might have done, do please get in touch and we’ll go through with you how to check.

If you have any queries about this, or payments into your honeymoon account in general, please contact us and we’ll be glad to help.