Honeyfund, the free gift registry that makes your dream honeymoon happen and powers your happily-ever-after with the help of friends and family, is calling 2024 “the year of the engagement.” The brand saw the most sign-ups EVER between Christmas and New Year’s since the brand’s inception.

Now that we know engagements are IN, Honeyfund wanted to explore what is trending in the wedding and honeymoon space this year.  In other words: WHAT’S IN & WHAT’S OUT?! See below for some 2024 wedding ‘Ins & Outs’ from Honeyfund:

 

2024 Wedding INs

  • Getting Engaged!

 

  • Elopements & Micro Weddings:  Dream weddings did not previously cost $100K, but unfortunately, this has been normalized by the wedding industry. This is no longer the case. Now, we’re seeing couples who are eloping or planning micro weddings to save money and prioritize their relationship over their wedding day. 

  • Honeymoon Registries:  The number of honeymoon fund sign-ups are increasing two times year-over-year, based on Honeyfund data. We’re seeing more and more couples prioritizing their honeymoon over their weddings or a ring, and they are turning to Honeyfund to help make their dream honeymoon happen with the help of friends and family.

  • Mini-Moons: The top 2023 registry item on Honeyfund was a “driving fund.” This could be due to a spike in “mini-moons,” since more couples are taking honeymoons locally than ever before.

  • Romantic Travel: Taking a second, third, or fourth honeymoon?  Relationships need nurturing and quality time is the answer. According to a survey of 1,000 married Americans, of those who rated their marital satisfaction as “Excellent,” 84% of them also travel together regularly. In fact, upwards of 90% of couples who have taken 3 or more romantic trips since their honeymoon rated their relationship as “Good” or “Excellent.”

    2024 Wedding OUTs:

  • The Big White Wedding: The idea of the ‘Big White Wedding’ is outdated and long-dead.  However, big-name wedding brands are resisting it, and quite passionately. Unfortunately, some brands are acting irresponsibly by trying to make money from engaged couples instead of prioritizing their relationship.

  • Overspending:  According to data from Honeyfund’s 2023 survey of couples, the average wedding spending budget is around $33k, but the most common wedding budget (the mode) is around $10k. Half of the respondents from the survey are spending less than $21k total.  Overspending is out, and saving for a honeymoon is IN!