Finding the Right China Pattern
Undecided when it comes to choosing China for your bridal registry; not sure of your style or think it’s too expensive, think again. Get the 411 on choosing your China – from patterns and place settings to cleaning tips and décor.
Registering for good china can be a daunting task for many brides who don’t see how it relates to their lifestyle or who have no idea what to choose. A lot of times, brides are afraid because they feel the choice of picking their fine china has to be eternal, says Ed Lent, Mikasa spokesperson.
To these brides Lent says, “You’re right, you haven’t set a table, you haven’t made a dinner where you would use fine china, so you don’t know what to choose or if you need it, but don’t let that stop you.”
If brides don’t think they need fine china now, Lent urges them to, “Look to your future. When you have your own home, you’ll want something more than your everyday dishes for entertaining. Just like name brand clothes that you wear now, it will be a standard of luxury to have beautiful dishes and set a beautiful table.”
Find a Pattern to Suit your Style
- Look through magazines, websites and books and create a file of images you like. Eventually you’ll see a pattern emerging in your choices and this will help you determine your preference.
- Don’t worry about making everyone happy. If they don’t like your taste, it’s okay because they’re not living with it. If your taste is ornate choose ornate, if you’re a minimalist, choose accordingly.
- Pick fine dinnerware in your price range. There are lots of options out there, you just have to get out and check out quality retailers to find it.
- Mix-and-match two or three sets. If your fiancé likes one and you like another, choose both, coordinate colours and work them together.
What you need to know about China
- A bride should order 12 place settings. Always have enough to accommodate eight place settings incase you break a couple.
- A completer set consists of a sugar bowl, creamer, serving bowl and a platter.
- Hollowware, meaning hollow, is a term used to describe china accent pieces, such as a teapot, casserole dish, gravy boat, soup tureen and coffee pot.
Mix and Matching Dinnerware
Good Value for your Money Bone china, the highest standard of china, is the strongest and most durable for its weight and will increase in value overtime, Lent says. But for those who can’t afford bone china, Lents advises brides to consider, “Porcelain tableware, which are thicker than bone china and heavier, but are strong, look beautiful and are much more affordable.”
Lent’s Tips for Fine China Care