How Much Should Wedding Registry Items Cost?

A pair of hands holding a small white gift box, surrounded by white flowers.

Registering is one of the most fun parts of wedding planning—you get to craft the ultimate wish list of things you need and want. But this nuptial to-do can also bring about a slew of questions. The most common of these is how many gifts should I register for and what should they cost? We’ve got answers.

When it comes to how many gifts you should register for, use this simple math equation: multiply your guest list by two and add a few extras. This ensures your loved ones will have choices when they peruse your wish list. It’s also good to keep an eye on your registry, adding additional items as necessary after pre-wedding gift-giving occasions (engagement party, wedding shower).

Even more important than the number of gifts is the range—from types of items to cost. A good rule of thumb is to include things that range in price from $25 to $200. This will ensure your guests can find a present that fits within their budget. Don’t worry, you can absolutely ask for something more expensive, say a Green Egg Grill or cash to fulfill your honeymoon dreams. Allow multiple guests to contribute to these extra special gifts without worrying about the cost.

Feeling a little sheepish about asking for gifts? Totally normal. Your loved ones want to celebrate you and this big moment in your lives! Having a curated selection of things you actually want and will use makes their shopping experience easier. Asking for cash can feel particularly tricky, but The Knot Registry allows you to do it tastefully. If you already have your fair share of household essentials, a honeymoon fund might be exactly what you want. You can share your cash plans with guests so they feel less like they’re handing over a $50 bill and more like they are giving you an experience of a lifetime or the funds to fulfill a dream, like a kitchen reno.

Here we’ve rounded up a handful of favorites (things real couples are asking for!) by price range to inspire your own wish list. You can head to to start your wish list today.


A candle from wedding registry wish list.

Add a mix of practical and fun at this price point. It’s a nice range for a guest who may be celebrating you on a few occasions (think: engagement party, shower, etc.).

Dog Bowl:

Air Fryer:

Margarita Set:

World Market Gift Card:



A cheeseboard from a wedding gift registry.

This price range offers options for single wedding attendees. Add some things to make married life sweet, or a gift card for future fun.

Delta Gift Card:

Cheese Board:

Corn Hole Set:

Beer Glasses:

Waffle Maker:


Add some special things to your wish list, things you might not spring for yourselves. This price range is great for couples attending your celebration and close friends who adore you.

Ice cream maker:

Wine and Painting Class in Denver:


Home Depot Gift Card:



A blanket from a wedding registry wish list.

Wishlist a mix of comforts and experiences that will delight you (and your guests shopping for you) now and later.

Weighted Blanket:

Bluetooth Speaker:


Ring Doorbell:

Wine Tasting in Seattle:

$175 +

A firepit from a wedding gift registry.

If you have your eye on a splurge, don’t be afraid to add it to your registry. Friends and family may want to go in on something and make those backyard dreams a reality.

Gas Grill:

Fire Pit:

Philly Cheesesteak Segway Tour Philly:


Knife Set:

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