Wedding season is right around the corner, and whether you’re a bride-to-be or a guest attending upcoming nuptials, it can be helpful to know how to navigate a registry. With that in mind, we reached out to four experts across the country for advice on the latest trends and pieces that will (hopefully) last a lifetime. From the key items for a traditional-yet-current table setting to ways to inject color, pattern, and personality into your entertaining decor, read on to discover the latest wedding registry must-haves, and to find a tabletop store owned and staffed by an expert in your area, visit The Scout Guide directory here.
Photography courtesy of Ginori 1735.
Playing with pattern. According to Emily Gardner, manager at White Peacock in Denver, Colorado, many couples are increasingly gravitating toward lively colors and patterns for their place settings, like the Ginori 1735 Oriente Italiano collection featured above and available through the store. Terri Gray, owner of Ivy Cottage in Mobile, Alabama, agrees, noting that one her most popular lines is the classic Mottahedeh fine china, particularly thanks to its timeless mix of color, pattern, and gold accents.
Investing in everyday. While in the past people have traditionally regarded their fine china as investment pieces, with a move toward more casual tables, Rees Peacock, owner of Sunset & Company in San Antonio, Texas, is seeing brides choose lines that are a bit more luxurious for their everyday china, with the intention of using them for entertaining. With beautifully made pieces from brands like Juliksa and Vietri, it’s easier than ever to dress everyday place settings up or down.
Getting colorful. While classic crystal will never go out of style, couples are incorporating color in their stemware more and more these days. For those looking for glasses with a bit of a hue, Gray recommends the Vietri rainbow glassware line for its pretty, subtle color and gold rim, available in a variety of shapes (and a very palatable price). For a more vibrant option that’s also very versatile, Peacock suggests the Zafferano America Perle Beverage Glasses, which can double as a tall wine or cocktail glass.
Embracing casual elegance. On the whole, Mary Hayward Eudailey, owner of Alkmy in Birmingham, Alabama, has noticed brides embracing a more casual approach to their registries than what their mothers or grandmothers selected, but still honoring those more traditional elements. “Many brides bring in family china that has been passed down to them, and we help make it their own with some fun linens, wipeable placemats, and colorful glassware,” she says. For an elegant yet everyday vibe, Eudailey often recommends linens from the British brand Summerill & Bishop (like the yellow and white striped napkin shown above), which are vibrant, timeless, and happen to be machine washable and dryer safe.
Picking prints. White linen napkins and tablecloths will always have a place at the table, but today’s brides are frequently looking for ways to add more of their personal touches. For those who wish to add intrest and personality to the table, Gray recommends French-made Le Jacquard Francais linens because, “Each piece is like a work of art.” She also favors Matouk Iconic Leopard Napkins for the subtle pattern and color.
Going for the gold. Today’s tabletop is increasingly adorned with a bit of gold, and one of the easiest ways to incorporate the trend is through flatware. For those seeking a classic take on the current look, Rees Peacock recommends the Ricci Argentieri Gold Bamboo place setting. “The richness of this specific gold paired with the fun bamboo shape adds a touch of charm to your table,” she explains.
White Peacock is featured in The Scout Guide Denver. Ivy Cottage is featured in The Scout Guide Mobile Bay. Sunset & Company is featured in The Scout Guide San Antonio. Alkmy is featured in The Scout Guide Birmingham.