Let's be honest - one of the best parts about getting married is definitely creating your registry. Gifts that sporadically arrive on your doorstep? Adding fabulous little items that you never knew you needed? Heck yes. And best of all - wedding china!
Not one for doing things the traditional way, when I started creating my own registry, I knew that I didn't want to go for the traditional matching look, but rather build my own mix 'n match set that could rise to any occasion and suited my personality. But what that looked like? I had no idea.
So, I teamed up with Amazon Registry to do a little tabletop 'testing'. I ordered dishes and china sets that I loved, and once they all arrived, started to play around with a few different looks...
Look #1: Cultured & Collected
First off - I love the bamboo dishes from Juliska. They are a perfect option for a more 'everyday' type of china to register for. Something that doesn't feel silly to set the table with on a random Tuesday. The detail makes them unique and fun to mix with other stuff! They can go high or low. The only downside is that their scale makes them a little harder to mix with other pieces - they run a little large.
To contrast the casual bamboo, I added my most favorite, the Lenox Marchesa 'Gilded Pearl' setting. I ordered this thinking I'd really like the dinner plate, but once I got them, I realized I loved every piece in this setting. It is beautiful with its raised detail. It can at once feel European regal and exotically elegant with a detailed motif that reminds me of elements I've seen come out of Morocco or India.
Combining the bamboo with the detailed china felt like borrowing from several cultural elements, which I really like because Jason and I love to travel and gather items from our travels. My kitchen cabinets are full of pieces from all over the world, so having a china set that reflects that would be very 'us'. Of course, I snuck that gorgeous green marbled Juliska dish in there too for a little color!
Look #2: The Romantic
The updated floral motif on these Ted Baker 'Rosie Lee' dishes were one of the first sets that drew me in. An modern take on a classic style, I loved the palette and tone that these dishes set - but I knew that accented with a stripe or bold colors they would look even better! Mixed with the Kate Spade 'Parker' set they take on a whole different look.
A coral Marchesa charger adds a hit of color, and I even tested out how that gorgeous Juliska marbleized dish might look with the setting. It's one of those accent pieces that goes so well with anything, that once I had it in person, I knew I'd want it on my registry. (Plus, hello GREEN.)
When you add linens, this whole look really starts to come together. I pulled out items from my cabinets that I knew I could mix in to see how well this set could possibly serve me!
Look #3: His & Hers
This last look combines elements from the first and second styles to create something fresh and timeless. I took Jason's favorite (the stripe, of course) and mine (the Marchesa) and then bridged the gap between them with the bamboo dishes.
What I love about this look is that it feels like something we can build on. When I added some of our vintage ceramics, they felt right at home with this setting, despite how polished it is. I think it would work just as well with more gold, too. Having a set of dishes that will stand the test of time is really what a registry is all about, right? I think this one does that for me.
Which of the three were your favorite? If you could register all over again, would you go this route? Or maybe you're registering now and have been trying out your own mix & match settings!? I'd love to hear your experiences with this piece of the registry process.
I have to say that going through Amazon to ship everything and see it not only in person, but in my own home, made a huge difference in helping me decide which pieces to go with! And of course having their massive variety of product to add to your registry is pretty awesome (Jason was stoked about all the camping gear!).
Here's a quick reminder of each of the dishes above and how we combined them to create a unique look!