*When choosing your flatware pattern, here are a few things to think about in terms of your style and preferences:
Do like simple lines or a more intricate pattern?
Do you like soft curves or more pronounced edges?
Do you like flatware that feels “heavier” or very light?
Is the flatware dishwasher safe?
Does your formal flatware require any polishing or other special maintenance?
* If you are choosing a very elaborate design for your dishes and glassware, you may want to go with a simpler style for your flatware.
*Register for at least eight, but preferably twelve. It may sound like a lot right now, but don’t worry – you’ll use them!
*Register for the same number of place settings as your dinnerware and glassware. The only exception – if you are registering for less than twelve place settings – you may want to register for extra spoons. That is usually the most “used” utensil and the one you run out of the most too.
*Always pick up the flatware in your hands and feel it. Pick up all the utensils (fork, knife and spoon) and make sure it feels comfortable in both your hands and your fiances’ hands.
*You should register for at least one “Hostess Set” which includes one large serving spoon, a serving ladle and sugar spoon and one “Serving Set” which includes a serving fork, butter knife and pierced serving spoon.
*To add elegance to your formal dinning, consider registering for flatware that has gold accents or is gold plated.
* You want your dinnerware, glassware and flatware to all coordinate. Sometimes it is hard to imagine 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.