7 On-Trend Gifts (Plus 2 Forever Classics) You’ll See on 2019 Wedding Registries

updated May 3, 2019
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One of the first opportunities for couples to plan and envision their shared life and home, registering for the wedding is arguably the best part of engagement. But in an ever-growing sea of registry options, it can be hard to know where to begin.

If you’re looking for ideas, here are some of the most on-trend wedding registry items of 2019, plus a few classics that will always be on top.

The Trendy Standouts

While couples register for a wide range of gifts based on their unique needs and interests, Jennifer Spector, Zola’s Director of Brand and wedding expert, says a few items stand out from the pack this year.

1. Airbnb Gift Cards

More and more, engaged couples are prioritizing experience over “things,” so it’s no surprise Airbnb gift cards are Zola’s second-most registered for item. If you would rather create a general honeymoon fund, you can also crowdsource your plane tickets or hotel room at sites like Zola and Honeyfund.

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2. Plants

Vases and planters, yes. But who knew you could register for actual plants? Green thumbs and aspiring plant parents alike are taking advantage and increasingly registering at Zola for plants (like this beauty from Bloomscape), plant stands, and even plant decor (like this Serax cactus vase).

3. Smart home accessories

Who says comfort (and safety) shouldn’t come at the click of a button? At Bed Bath & Beyond, it’s all about the smart home category: Couples are adding a wide range of smart devices from temperature control and smart locks to smart lighting and security devices to their wedding registries.

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4. Decor and furniture

On top of safety and comfort, many couples are looking to upgrade their home aesthetic by registering for decor and furniture. Decorative items like wall art, lighting, rugs, and seasonal decor are ultra-popular this engagement season, according to Bed Bath & Beyond.

5. Small, niche kitchen appliances

Doordash is fun, but a busy schedule shouldn’t come at the expense of home cooking. Maybe that’s why airfryers, Instant Pots, and crockpots are gaining popularity on wedding registries! Spector says air fryers like the Dash Compact Air Fryer are so in demand that Zola sells 20 kinds.

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6. Matte dinnerware

Seeking Insta-worthy place settings? Look no further than plates, coupe bowls, and serveware in matte black or pink, both of which are trending on Zola. “Generally, couples are entertaining at home more and more, so they care a lot about what tabletop they add to their registry,” Spector says. “Some couples even register for two sets of dinnerware: something white and basic, and something a little more fun and colorful.” Spector says the Willow Park Emma collection is especially eye-catching.

7. Cash funds for charitable causes

Taking a cue from the royals, engaged couples are focusing on how they can give back at their wedding through the option of registering for charitable donations. On Zola, couples can register directly for Global Giving to give back to a range of causes. And, Spector says couples will often create their own cash fund for a charitable cause of their choice.

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The Registry Classics

Wedding trends come and go, but there are some things that make list of the most-wanted registry items, year after year.

KitchenAid stand mixer

Nothing mixes timeless and functional like a classic KitchenAid, Zola’s consistently number one most-wanted wedding gift. The stainless steel mixer comes in more than 30 colors, so you’re sure to find one that goes with your kitchen.

Practical gifts

At the end of the day, Spector says couples are more comfortable than ever registering for gifts they really want, and guests are over giving gifts that are just going to collect dust. Cash funds are gaining traction on Zola, along with timelessly practical presents like vacuums, sheets, and towels. “These gifts may not really seem sexy, but they’re what couples will use for a long time,” she says.