The Top Wedding Registry Trends of 2024 to Add to Your Wish List
You and your fiancé's wedding registry should be personalized to your relationship's wants and needs. Just because something is common or traditional—like a fine china gravy boat—doesn't mean it has to be on your wish list. If you love the outdoors, you can ask for a tent and if you're aspiring sommeliers, you can ask for a monthly wine delivery. The registry is your oyster! That said, there are some items you'll still want even though they're the "status quo" of registry ideas. Add these 2024 wedding registry trends to your wish list so you get the best, coolest and most useful wedding gifts. Keep reading to get the freshest inspiration for your wish list, confirmed by experts at The Knot Registry.
1. Wedding Registries at Your Fingertips
Fun fact: "For the first time, online-only retailers like The Knot Registry Store and Amazon are the most popular types of registries." This news comes from Sam Kaplan, the Senior Manager of Registry at The Knot Registry. Couples and guests appreciate the ease of shopping right on their computers or even phones and being able to view products from dozens of brands in one place. She says, "Couples are using multiple platforms while creating and managing their wedding registries, making it more convenient for both them and their guests. The Knot Registry store has seen a 40% increase in couples using The Knot app." And you could be one of them! *Wink, wink.*
2. Building a House Together
Cash funds have been rising in popularity for a few years now. The Knot's 2023 Registry Study found that 74% of couples registered on the site asked for cash. While honeymoon funds remain the most prevalent, a new monetary gift is rising in the ranks: house funds.
"Cash funds that are focused around buying a new home or house renovations have been increasing in popularity," Kaplan says. The Knot actually partnered with Zillow Home Loans to dive further into the trend. They found that the number of couples adding "home funds" to their wedding registry has increased 55% since 2018. In fact, in 2022 and 2023, about one in four couples registered on The Knot planned to use their cash fund for a house down payment. While it's unlikely wedding gifts will fully finance your dream of owning a home together, they can certainly help out.
3. Colorful Kitchen Essentials
First, there was dopamine dressing, now there's dopamine decor—especially when it comes to kitchen pieces. According to Kaplan, 2024 is the "time to give your essential kitchen items like a toaster, champagne glasses and baking sheets an upgrade with vibrant colors." Hear, hear! Consistent with trends of the past few years, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we see and function in our homes. Couples are consciously selecting homeware that adds cheer and personality to their space, infusing more excitement to the sometimes-mundane task of cooking. Some of Kaplan's favorite pops of color that you can register for: anything from SMEG like their electric kettle or four-slice toaster, Great Jones' entire line of cast-iron pots and pans and ceramic baking dishes, and Villeroy & Boch's colored champagne coupe glasses.
4. Casual Dinnerware
In the past, registering for wedding china felt like a must-do for every couple, however, the trend has been declining in popularity. Kaplan notes that "with [today's] changing lifestyles, couples are often favoring more casual and versatile dinnerware over formal china sets." Our study found that only 11% of couples registered on The Knot in 2023 asked for fine china (the lowest percentage seen in the last five years), while 52% asked for everyday dinnerware. Soonlyweds are specifically registering for plate and bowl sets that cost between $50 and $200, like Gibson's Rockaway 12-Piece Dinnerware Set and Hawkins New York's Essential 16-Piece Stoneware Dinnerware Set. (Notice, too, the range of fun colorways they both come in.) Unlike many hand-painted china sets, these are microwave- and dishwasher-safe as well as chip-resistant, so they're much more convenient to use.
5. At-Home Spa Experience
Couples are prioritizing self-care on their wedding registries with gifts that'll support their ideal work-life balance and delight them with little luxuries every day. (So Millenial and Gan Z coded.) Kaplan says couples want to "create a spa-like experience within the comfort and convenience of their own home." They want to "enter a space of relaxation and rejuvenation with scented candles, pamper themselves with a beauty and skin regimen or indulge in specialized spa equipment." Insert: LiveFine's Bucket Towel Warmer, Therabody's Theraface Pro and Boll & Branch's Single Wick Candle. Now this is a wedding registry trend we are fully on board with.
6. Personalized Registry Items
PSA: Etsy launched a registry service this year and it's popping off! The ability to register for unique, vintage and even personalized items is a recent phenomenon that couples (and we) are loving. Thanks to The Knot Registry Store's partnership with Etsy, our users can add gifts like a Personalized Love Stories Illustrated Map and a Custom Memory Box to their profile, so guests can shop all their asks—from customized artwork that supports a small business, to kitchenware, to cash funds—in one place.
7. Road Trip Adventures
Engaged and recently married couples don't want their honeymoon to be their only travel plans for the year. They're going on short adventures whenever they can, thanks to strategic registry picks. Kaplan says, "After your nuptials, it's time to embark on a journey that'll be sure to create lasting memories. Discover the open highway and hit the scenic route that involves exploring different landscapes and cultures." The Knot Registry Store has plenty of experiential wedding gifts for outdoorsy couples to help them accomplish their weekend goals, like a two-person tent, a YETI cooler, an insulated blanket and, our favorite, national or state park tour vouchers.
8. Packed Like Pros
Travel continues to be a priority for couples following the COVID-19 pandemic and they're realizing the right suitcase can make all the difference as they maneuver through airports, train stations or Europe's cobblestone streets. Kaplan reports: "Couples are ready to jet set and adding new luggage to their registry continues to be one of the top items that we see couples register for." She says the Away Bigger Carry-On and the Paravel Packing Cubes Set rank as some of the top asked-for items.
9. Earth-Friendly Brands
It's becoming increasingly important for every aspect of the wedding to reflect a couple's values, including their gift wish list. One of our favorite wedding registry trends of 2024 (and hopefully beyond!) is that couples are consciously choosing eco-friendly brands. Kaplan explains how you can use your registry at The Knot to support brands with a mission and honor those values. For instance, bedroom linen brands like Parachute are Climate Neutral Certified and Coyuchi uses Fairtrade Sourcing and 100%-certified-organic fibers while home goods stores like Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma pledge to offer responsibly made products.