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Ready to say "I do" to wedding registries in the next few months? December is a time for cozying up to more than just the fire. According to Facebook, more people get engaged in December and November than any other time during the year. 

1. POPPING THE QUESTION BY THE TREE

There's something about the holidays that must make us more romantic. The most popular days to get engaged are: 

  • December 24
  • December 25
  • December 31
  • February 14 (obviously) 

What does that mean for you? After the whirlwind of the holidays are over, many couples will be searching for the best places to create their bridal registries. 

2. SUMMER WEDDINGS MEAN SPRING WEDDING REGISTRIES 

If the holidays are the most popular time to pop the question, many are planning their weddings for summer. Over 130,000 weddings take place in June. 

According to TheKnot.com, June 18 was the most popular wedding date of 2016, with May 21 and June 11 as close runner-ups.   

New etiquette trends, both at TheKnot.com and Real Simple, encourage couples to get their registries together fairly soon after they get engaged. If not immediately, at least early enough for guests to buy gifts for the engagement parties, showers, brunches, or other parties that take place before a wedding. Karena Bullock Bailey, a wedding planner on Real Simple, says: 

“From the moment you announce your engagement, friends and family will want to send gifts.”

3. COUPLES WANT MORE WEDDING REGISTRY OPTIONS

Ease is paramount when many couples look for a place to host their registry. Modern couples understand that they'll need to provide multiple options for the different people in their life. Online stores allow college-age friends to snag the perfect gift. Brick-and-mortar locations allow older relatives the ease of shopping in-person. 

As a retailer, ensure you can provide both in-store and online options. Since couples often register for 150 items, or more, make sure there's a large selection for them to choose from. Also consider different price points for couples to consider. As Bailey notes: 

“About a third of your items should be under $50, a third from $50-$150, and the rest $150 and up."

Something like a linen napkin set may make the perfect gift from an old roommate, while grandma may want to spring for a gorgeous serving bowl from our Vento line.  

4. TRADITIONAL OPTIONS WITH A MODERN FLAIR 


Even though engaged couples can sign up at multiple stores or put together registries to fund houses or honeymoons, many are still looking for traditional items.

Even so, many couples are getting married older, may have already lived together, and likely already have some kitchen basics in the cupboard. Because of that, strive to showcase traditional items that are versatile, a better quality than what they've likely bought for themselves, and unique. 

5. PINTEREST’S HOLIDAY REPORT SHOWCASES 2017 TRENDS


Finally, hop over to Pinterest to see what brides and grooms are sharing and pinning the most now for a glimpse of what 2017 weddings and wedding registries will look like. 

Key trends that could influence wedding registries include: 

  • 2017 promises even more metallic mania, with many looking to pull in turquoise or purple accents with their silver or chrome accessories. Look to our Soho serving platter and purple Venice champagne flutes for store display inspiration. 
  • Beyond the chrome, pinners are also looking for soft, rustic farmhouse styles to cozy up their homes. Items like our wood cutting board with metallic antler handle can bring both elements onto a couple's registry. 

Searches for nightstands are (randomly) up by 721%, along with other bedroom touches. As TheKnot.com writes, "Our guess? People are putting more effort into making their bedroom into their own personal sanctuary." Find items that can help couples create these sanctuaries. 

The holidays aren't just a time for giving gifts. As it turns out, it's also a time for people to pop the question. Get started now and be prepared to help your newly engaged brides find items that match the life they want to create together.