If you’re going to register for kitchen and tableware items, it usually best to start with your dishes first. Your dishes, whether it’s casual dinnerware or your fine china, will be the focal point of your table setting.
If you’re not sure about your color scheme yet – go with white or ivory dishes. You can always add color (and change colors) with interesting accessories, candles, flowers and table linens.
Today, there are so many colorful patterns to choose from when selecting your dinnerware patterns. The department and specialty stores know exactly how to display these designs to make a table look so appealing! The only thing that is missing is the FOOD! Before you buy…think about how that bright green floral pattern will look with a piece of lasagna!
When it comes to table settings you should register for at least eight, but preferably twelve. It may sound like a lot right now, but don’t worry – you’ll use them!
Always register for “completer set”. This typically includes a vegetable bowl, platter, creamer and covered sugar bowl.
When registering for your everyday dinnerware, make sure it can go in the microwave, oven, freezer and dishwasher. Your dinnerware should look pretty but it also needs to be the utmost in functionality and convenience.
Some couples today are choosing to register for only one set of dinnerware (versus registering for casual dinnerware and china). This one set can be used for everyday dinnerware and “dressed up” with table linens and other accent pieces for more formal dinning.
You want your dinnerware, glassware and flatware to all coordinate. Sometimes it is hard to image how all of the items will look together when they are displayed in different shelves through out the store. So, ask for assistance from a sales associate and set up a complete table setting including your dinnerware, flatware and glassware.