How to Register for Dinnerware Based on Your Lifestyle
You and your spouse-to-be have a lifetime of happy gatherings ahead of you. Whether you're both fans of laid-back dinners that go well into the night, or Sunday brunches at home with your greatest friends, it's important to prepare for some level of entertaining. That's where your registry comes in. To make sure that you have all you need for all of these fun moments ahead, be sure to put a dinnerware set that suits your needs, personalities, and way of life, on your wedding gift list. These days, table-setting etiquette may be looser than it used to be, but great dishes—from everyday essentials to fine china—will make every one celebratory meal even more enjoyable.
We've gone ahead and put together a few example place settings, so you can see how your lifestyle can (and should!) inform the dinner set you eventually settle on. From clean and modern designs for the casual entertainers to the ornate, Versailles-inspired china for those who wine and dine on the regular, there's a dinnerware option that's sure to fall in line with how you and your love lead your lives. We've even included an option for nature enthusiasts—someone who's more likely to entertain outside, rather than indoors—with a rustic, fois-bois inspired pattern and neutral color scheme.
Whatever your lifestyle—and whatever your aesthetic—there's a dinnerware set here that you're sure to love. After all, the china you register for should be used in the years to come. Not just pulled out once every few years, when it's your turn to host the holidays.
Durable dishes, asymmetrical shapes, and dark flatware all give off a relaxed and contemporary feeling that will put you and your guests at ease. We find these pieces especially soothing at the breakfast table, but they're the kind you'll turn to at any time of day.
Jayson Home "Beldi" Glass Carafe, $34; and Petite Glass, $5, jaysonhome.com
Brunch with friends? Bring on the bling! If you love any excuse to get gussied up, there's no reason to wait till dark. Give gilded pieces a fun, modern edge by mixing different patterns, rather than buying a matching set. Just be sure the body of each piece of china is the same—here, we chose white porcelain with gold accents—so they're still cohesive.
Vibrant and Fun
Marble designs are trending right now, and for good reason. The versatile pattern is a classic—but it can be quirky, too, so have fun with it. Think vibrant colors (like white-and-green plates and coordinating flatware) with winsome details (bowls with a gold-and-platinum crab motif, perhaps?).
Nikko Ceramics "Kira" China Rectangular Plate, $72, barneys.com
A stylish table doesn't have to be fussy. To suit more down-to-earth tastes—or an avid hiker's aesthetic—look to rustic pieces and a muted palette. Textural details like faux bois can add interest to this clean, uncomplicated look.
Rosenthal "Junto" Bread-and-Butter Plate, in Pearl Grey, $20, rosenthalusa-shop.com
There are lots of reasons to break out your best china, whether it's a holiday dinner or a weeknight candlelit meal for two. Go ahead and mix colors or even metals if you wish—just find an item that has hints of both, like a napkin or charger, to bring all those chic pieces together.
Ralph Lauren Home "Dagny" Wine Decanter, $575; Wineglass, $150; Water glass, $150; and White-Wine Glass, $150, ralphlaurenhome.com