How-To Tuesday: Selecting Wedding China

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By Wedding Blog Contributor, Heather Stewart

Formal and traditional or contemporary and informal? There is a lot to consider when registering for your future dinnerware, staring with the formality and material to choose for your lifestyle.

“China” can refer to many types of dinnerware including bone china, porcelain and earthenware. Some materials are more formal than others so be sure to determine the use of your dinnerware first. Typically, bone china is the most expensive as it is the most durable and chip resistant. Porcelain is a more affordable option with durability that can often sustain the microwave, freezer and dishwasher. Although not as strong as bone china and porcelain, an even more casual and affordable option is earthenware. Whichever you prefer, there are many beautiful colors and patterns for all types of dinnerware.

Once the choice of material is decided the fun part begins. Colors and patterns are a great way to add style and personal taste to your table setting. There are a few things to keep in mind though. When choosing a pattern that will withstand time, remember to consider your personal style. Some common patterns are Asian designs, platinum accents and floral. While bright, vibrant colors may look beautiful all over your table one year, they may be dated in five years. So remember to choose a setting that is timeless.

(Photos Courtesy of Kate Spade Fine Tableware for Lenox)

The last detail to consider when choosing your dinnerware is the “what if” it gets discontinued. When registering be sure to order at least eight settings, as you will most likely be given additional pieces for anniversaries. Due to the recent popularity of mixing colors and patterns, there is no need to worry about your setting being discontinued. Feel free to create your own custom setting at your very own dinner party.

Whether for everyday use or special occasions, choose your china based on your intention of use, lifestyle and most importantly your personal style. After all, it will be in your family for a lifetime and Thanksgiving dinner relies on it.

Are you planning to register for wedding china? Do you already have an idea of what you want for your wedding china? Share your thoughts with us here at the wedding blog!


Heather Stewart is a wedding and event planner with a background in fashion. She’s a contributing blogger for Solutions Bridal Designer House and The Wedding Blog. Her all-time favorite decor tip is to style a wedding with unique finds from Etsy.

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