When it comes to wedding registries, it probably comes as no surprise that there has been a dramatic shift away from so-called "wedding china." More and more couples are choosing everyday dishes, but that doesn't mean your dinnerware has to be boring!
"The way couples entertain has shifted to be more casual," explains Jennifer Spector, Zola's Newlywed-at-Large. "Registering for everyday dinnerware as well as a few extra-special items like serving platters and crystal champagne glasses is a nice high-low mix that lets couples use gifts every day, as well as for those special holiday meals."
White is the clear winner when it comes to dinnerware, but it's white with a twist — an unglazed accent, perhaps, or a subtle texture. Metallics are oh-so-chic right now, and stripes never really go out of style.
1. Olio 4-Piece Place Setting, $50
This super-simple and sleek dinnerware is ideal for the minimalist. The unglazed stoneware foot on the bottom of each piece adds texture and warmth, and keeps the place settings from feeling too sterile.
2. Canvas Home Dauville Collection, $13 to $115
This is the perfect example of slightly fancier dishware that won't end up feeling dated by the time you're actually ready to throw a sophisticated dinner party. Yes, metallics go in and out of fashion, but not nearly as extremely as that tea rose pattern your parents' china has on it. Plus, who doesn't love a bit of gilded glamour for a Tuesday night dinner?
When it comes to patterned dishes, geometric patterns are winning over florals, and simple — albeit bold — colors are the trend. This striped place setting from kate spade new york can pair with any number of linens or serving pieces.
This service straddles the line between everyday dishware and fancy china by relying solely on a textural pattern. It's nicer than the plain dishes you'll find at IKEA, Crate & Barrel, or Pottery Barn, but it's more accessible than fine china. It's the perfect candidate for pairing with gold flatware or wine goblets.
5. Lenox Venetian 5 Piece Place Setting, $130
The closest thing to fine china you'll find on this list, this collection has the full array of serving dishes to accompany the dinner service. We wouldn't be surprised if many couples opt to register for just the serving pieces from a set like this and pair them with complementary everyday dishware to customize their collection.