Summertime has come and gone and with it, the end of wedding season. Here at SurveyMonkey, many of us have attended multiple weddings over the summer–including a few of our team members who were the ones getting hitched! In our discussions it seemed like no two weddings were alike. From more traditional church weddings to destination weddings in exotic locales, it seems like these celebrations are as unique as the couples themselves.
However, perhaps our most discussed wedding topic was the concept of the wedding registry. Nowadays, with people marrying later in life or living together before getting married, many couples already have their toasters and towels, making a registry seemingly unnecessary. And yet, the practice continues on.
So, naturally, we decided to open up the discussion to the general public to get feedback on the current state of weddings and get to the bottom of whether or not the wedding registry has become passé or if skipping it has is still a social faux pas.
Using SurveyMonkey Audience, we asked 250 people how many weddings they attended or will attend this year and 56% reported they would be going to at least one. Half of the weddings occurred in the summer months, and half during “untraditional” months. Just as weddings in the fall and winter are gaining in popularity, other wedding customs are changing with the times. Wedding cakes are being replaced by cupcakes and dessert buffets, first couple dances are choreographed to Black Eyed Peas and Lil’ Wayne, and wedding registries are getting a complete make-over. With increasingly popular alternative options like honeymoon registries, gift cards, and plain old cash registries, we posed the question to our respondents: “What’s your opinion of non-traditional registries?”
Surprisingly, 25% of respondents revealed that they did not purchase a gift for the happy couple. And when a gift is purchased 65% give a gift off of the registry. Two-thirds of people surveyed give a gift less than $75. However when they give cash, more than half of people give $50-$100.
So what do people think about non-traditional wedding registries? Using our open-ended response question, we gathered a wide range of feedback and surfaced the most commonly occuring phrases using our text analysis feature: from “they’re rude” or “tacky” all the way to “whatever the bride wants to do, it’s her day” and “great idea”.
In fact, the majority (80%) of people had positive or neutral things to say about honeymoon registries, cash or gift cards. Only 20% of people thought they were a bad ideas. This is consistent with 75% of people saying they had or would give a non-traditional gift.
As with most things, “techie”, it might take a little while for these untraditional wedding registries to become mainstream, but like one of our audience members said, “It’s the brides day, she can do what she wants!”
What are your thoughts on wedding registries? Let us know in the comments section below.