Paying For Student Loans, IVF With Wedding Money? Cash, Charity Registries Increasingly Common, Study Says

By Christen A. Johnson
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Forget the toaster! Today’s modern day wedding registries are far more expansive and relaxed when it comes to tradition and protocol.

Chicago Tribune

Wedding season has arrived, and strolling through Target to snag another dishware set or standing mixer can become redundant and unexciting. Lucky for you, it may not even be what the couple wants or needs.

Recently, The Knot released its 2017 Wedding Registry Study, which uncovers registry trends in the United States.
The study revealed that while traditional retail registries still reign supreme, 86 percent of couples set one up, there is an increase in couples using cash and charity registries.

In 2011, only 1 percent of couples used a cash registry, compared to 6 percent in 2017. Ivy Jacobson, senior digital editor at The Knot, says this increase is because asking for cash as a wedding gift is no longer a social faux pas.

“At one point, etiquette stated that it could be a little forward to come right out and say, ‘Instead of creating a registry for my guests, I’m just going to ask them for cash,'” explained Jacobson. “But because so many couples live together before marriage now, they likely have a lot of the things they already need.”

According to the study, 49 percent of couples with cash registries used the funds to help pay for their honeymoon, while 27 percent put it toward a down payment on a home. Other uses for cash gifts included paying down student loan debt, or supplementing adoption fees and IVF treatments.

Jacobson also noted that a couple’s location can play a role in opting for a cash registry over a traditional one.

“A lot of couples in urban areas may only choose to do a (cash registry) because living in cities like New York or Chicago, you may live in smaller apartments or condos and not have a big house with space to put all these big, new gifts.”

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