Traditionally, fine china has been the centerpiece of a wedding registry, but many brides are asking if they really need formal dinnerware. It really depends on your lifestyle and preference. Here are a few questions to ask yourself.
Do you like to entertain?
Are you the consummate hostess who loves to hold dinner parties? Does a beautifully set table make your heart skip a beat? If so, then you will love having formal dinnerware. You may even enjoy utilizing a more formal set day to day. A registry is also the perfect time to register for coordinating serveware such as platters, cake plates, and larger fruit and vegetable bowls.
Do you prefer a casual or formal table setting?
In the past, the rule of thumb was to buy two sets of china: one formal and one casual set for day-to-day use. Today, some brides are opting to register for only one set of dishware and either choosing to use a more formal set daily or utilizing a more casual set for entertaining. If you decide to go with one set then you may want to increase the number of settings to ten or more so that you account for any possible breakage with day-to-day use.
If committing to a color or print feels daunting, then you can always choose a classic white or solid color that can be mixed and matched with other sets. White dinnerware can be easily dressed up for holidays with colorful chargers or accessorized with table linens. Or choose white for your formal china and go with a fun, bold color for your casual, more inexpensive dinnerware. Don’t forget that it’s okay to mix and match patterns, prints and even brands.
Do you have room for two sets of dinnerware?
Sometimes it comes down to logistics. If you live in an apartment and there is simply no room for two sets of dinnerware, then you may prefer to have one set for both formal entertaining and day-to-day.
Just remember that there is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing dishware for your registry. Although friends and family may have good intentions, it’s all about personal style and preference when it comes to choosing dishes. This is your personal happily ever after.