No One Wants a Gravy Boat: Millennials and the New Wedding Gift Norms

It only makes sense that with a generation that not only move in with one another but often even buy a house together before getting married, registering for products to fill their newlywed home doesn’t really make much sense. In just the last few years, new trends in non-traditional wedding registries that have nothing to do with gravy boats and toasters have become the new norm for many Millennials heading down the aisle. As with so many things, their rethinking of tradition involves doing away with unnecessary goods and embracing experiences as valued currency instead. The most popular wedding registry gift categories for 2013 were all about getting out and making big dreams come true. With Millennials aging up and millions getting married each year, new and innovative registries are a big opportunity for whole new categories of brands and businesses. Here are some of the new norms for wedding gift giving:


The Honeymooners: With many Millennials getting married at older ages, there are also more newlyweds who have helped foot the bill for their nuptials, and 50% of couples expect that they’ll be paying for the wedding themselves. Between the expense of the wedding itself and the many other bills that Millennials are dealing with, a honeymoon can start to seem like a pipe dream. To solve the problem, registries like Traveler’s Joy and Honey Fund let young couples ask their guests to help them see the world. Traveler’s Joy lets users create customized gifts to fund pieces of their honeymoon like plane tickets, hotel costs, and fun activities, allowing the gift givers to feel like they have contributed something specific to the experience. Generally, honeymoon registries take a small piece of the amounts given, and then allow the couple to withdraw all the funds contributed in a…


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Quote of the Day: “For Halloween, I’m dressing as Angelica from Hamilton (dress in period clothing and write unsatisfied across my chest).”—Female, 26, MA

Amazon is on track to take over the apparel industry. Their clothing and accessory sales are expected to grow by 30% next year, surpassing Macy’s apparel sales to make them “the biggest apparel seller in the U.S.,” according to a new report from Cowen & Co. The site has ramped up fashion efforts in recent years by launching private label brands, and sponsoring fashion week. Although respondents in a recent shopper survey did not rate Amazon Fashion highly in “site personalization and ease of use," they did mention the convenience and free two-day shipping of Amazon Prime as the biggest draw. (Business Insider)

In just 15 months, Tasty has not only become the driving force behind BuzzFeed video, it has also become one of top three publishing brands on Facebook. According to an analysis by Tubular Labs, in the last three months Tasty’s Facebook videos averaged 22.8 million video views in just the first 30 days, while BuzzFeed’s main Facebook page only averaged 4.7 million in the same timespan. Known for their “overhead shots of hands assembling delicious, bizarre and everything-in-between recipes,” the brand has recently expanded to include celebrity chefs in the mix. (Digiday

Millennials’ desire for convenience is leading the food delivery revolution. According to Mintel, Americans are increasingly choosing to order in than go out, and 45% of U.S. adults have ordered food delivery in the past three months. That percentage increases to 69% among 18-34-year-old males who live in urban areas, with Millennial women not too far behind at 58%. Among all respondents, the top reasons for ordering in were to catch up on TV shows and movies (41%) and eating alone (25%). (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Bordeaux is releasing a new video series to make itself seem approachable and less stuffy to young drinkers. Beyond Bordeaux is a 10-episode YouTube series where the founder of a food magazine visits the best BYOB restaurants to drink Bordeaux wine at, from “neighborhood pizza places in New York to taco joints in L.A. to sushi spots in Chicago.” The brand wants to shed its exclusive and expensive image, and show Millennials their wine can be fun, affordable, and accessible. (Adweek)

Disney and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are pairing fairytales and fine art for a “fresh” Snapchat campaign. In bi-monthly stories that will be featured on both Disney’s and LACMA’s accounts, the duo will visually retell classics like Beauty and the Beast using works of art and hand-drawn overlays. Disney calls the partnership, “a natural way to add a little magic to art and storytelling to reach a new generation of art and Disney fans alike." LACMA has been using Snapchat since 2014 to playfully highlight and spread awareness of their artwork, winning a Webby for their efforts. (Ad Age)   

Quote of the Day: “For me being an adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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