The Surprising New Home Items Couples Are Adding to Their Registries

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Per tradition, engaged couples are supposed to set up wedding registries for important household items like toasters, towels, and fancy dinnerware to jumpstart their lives together under one roof. But in 2019, many soon-to-be-married couples already cohabitate before the big day.

So it's not at all surprising to see more unusual registries out there — many asking for cash to help with a honeymoon or student loan payments. But cohabitating couples are choosing other items you might not expect to see on a registry: renovation materials.

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According to home goods retailer Wayfair, 21% of registries created from January to May 2019 included home improvement items.

Popular items include:

  • Cabinet hardware
  • Flooring
  • Mosaic pattern tile
  • Peel-and-stick wallpaper

We're totally here for the idea — renovations can get expensive. And really, do you need another set of towels?

Wayfair released a number of other insights based on registries created on the site. Here are a few quick takeaways:

  • September 21 is the most popular day for weddings in 2019, and September and October are the most popular months for weddings this year.
  • Group gifting options are on the rise, allowing multiple parties to go in on expensive items like hot tubs (which, by the way, are one of the post popular registry items in Hawaii, specifically).
  • Natural materials are big this year — people are asking for wooden items like cheese boards and platters. They're also asking for greenery, with planters making up 50% of the outdoor items in registries.

If you're getting married this year, what are you looking to add to your registry?


Stefanie Waldek

Stefanie Waldek

Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.