As we look at trends, the late spring and summer seasons are the time of year for weddings, and the bridal registry remains a key component in the overall bridal experience, according to the April report, "Understanding Today's Bride 2012" by The NPD Group, Inc., a leading market research company. While the idea of a registry being a fun rite of passage may be overstated, brides still have an enthusiastic view.
According to the report, six in 10 brides-to-be and newlyweds surveyed indicated they have registered or plan to register prior to their wedding day. First-time brides and younger brides are more likely to register than are older or encore brides. This is not surprising, given that encore brides have likely already built their "homes" and perhaps own many of the standard items seen on bridal registries.
So why do they do it? It's about making it easier for everyone, including themselves: