Fine China.

Holidays always remind me that I totally wimped out on registering for china for my wedding. I mean, I have some nice china, it’s just SOOOOO plain and boring. Pretty, but nothing that feels truly special. I wish I had gone with my gut and registered for the colorful, lovely china that had captured my heart when I walked the aisles with a scan gun and a diamond on my finger. I played it safe, and as I get older I find that playing it safe is NO FUN.

I recently came across this vintage Christian Dior malachite pattern called Gaudron on Replacements, Ltd and love it. Malachite is just the best.



This Etoiles by Bernadaud pattern was the one I fell in love with when engaged.  But in 2004 gold wasn’t popular so I thought platinum was better. #regrets

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I still love Constance by Bernadaud, the “Charlotte York Pattern” and one a few of my friends have. So classic. So lovely. Would love this one now.

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This mint green and gold Oasis by Haviland pattern is so fresh and pretty and still fiercely on trend! It would look fabulous mixed with another pattern!

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Speaking of mixing, how about this combination of Laque De Chine Pistachio and Juliska’s Country Estate, which I adore.

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Or Hermes Chain D’ancre mixed with Jasper Conran’s Chinoiserie Green?

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What did you register for? Do you still love it? What would you pick if you could do it over again?

64 Responses to “Fine China.”

  1. Jennifer says:

    SO funny–I was desperate for the same Bernardaud Etoile but the hubs said No Way to gold back in the day (we got married in 2004), so we settled on VW Grosgrain, as well. I still think it’s really pretty but I’m always on the lookout for something beautiful to mix it with. Love the Jasper Conran you posted and I’m kind of obsessed with the William Yeoward orange and gold set.

  2. Amanda says:

    I wimped out as well. I LOVED Royal Copenhagen but thought it was too expensive for our guests to buy. So I buckled and got another china set that was less expensive. Looking back I should have just gone for it.

  3. Anne says:

    I registered for Constance two years ago – which I still love!! I also did Bernardaud Louvre as my everyday and the two mix really well together. I really wanted Hermes Balcon du Guadaluquiver but felt I might not love it forever and that my guests might be turned off. So many of my friends don’t even care about china when they are registering now though!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I registered for Haviland Vieux Paris Vert which I still love. I got married in 2003, and all my friends were doing platinum, and I went against trend. I think the gold is so, so classic. I got acid green Baccarat wine glasses to go with!

  5. Kristen says:

    I wouldn’t fret too much about your choice. . . there’s a season for everything! I got married in 1999 and went with a conservative pattern – white on white with platinum band. I chose it specifically because my future husband could *not* understand why we had to register for china at all as we were inheriting his grandmother’s, but hers was so ugly I couldn’t stand it.

    Fast forward to now, where I am in LOVE with the grandmother’s china, which has a gold floral outlined with gold greek key trim. Gah! That said, I expect that in another few years I’ll be back to loving my platinum set and you will, too.

  6. Katie says:

    I fell in love with Basilica by Minton when I was engaged and visiting my fiancé in London in 2004 (it was at Harrod’s of course!)! I came back to Houston and couldn’t find it anywhere and litterally there were tears! I finally found it in the bottom corner tucked away and the lady said that no one had ever registered for it! It’s turquoise and gold with great patterns. Today I see up front at all of the stores! We just used it yesterday for Easter brunch and I still love it and always get compliments!

  7. Whitney says:

    I registered for Haviland Syracuse in Taupe – I love the colors and hope it will stand the test of time. I also considered Constance but it is maybe something to collect for ‘holiday china’ as it would work well for the major holidays with all that green and gold!

  8. Franki Parde says:

    That Christian Dior malachite pattern is SO you!! I luv going to antique boutiques and getting various patterns (and I use them ALL the time!) franki

  9. Betsey says:

    I cannot believe that I am the only one with a Herend pattern! LOVE my Rothschild Bird. My parents have Duke of Gloucester by Mottehedeh and I love that too. I wish that the Herend lace boarder dinner plates had been available when I registered– because then I would have done those dinner plates and mixed with Queen Victorie and Rothschild Bird. Gien Filets Bleu is my everyday.

  10. Jessica says:

    Thank you for this post! I’ve been hemming and hawing over a gold and white Art Deco inspired set of plates, mugs and teapot but couldn’t pull the trigger to buy it even though I visited the store every week. After your post yesterday, I left work at 9:30am and marched myself over to buy them. The set is now happily at home on my shelves so thank you again for giving me a kick in the butt. Lesson: if something is still on your mind after a couple of weeks, you really do want it!

  11. Jennifer G. says:

    I still love my Wedgewood “Golden Bird”- it was affordable and different. Some people commented that it was a little wacky and I may regret making a bold choice, but I don’t regret it. Every holiday I pull it out, I smile. :)

  12. katy says:

    I have Herend Springtime…. Still love it, still adding to it. have a few pieces of Rothschild Bird as well.

  13. CC says:

    Vera Wang Wedgwood golden grosgrain in the basic 5-piece setting, but for mixing we registered for beautiful Villeroy & Boch Aureus so we have those salad plates, soup bowls, teapot, creamer & sugar. And I am always finding other patterns I love, and I am so happy I can add china to our collection easily since I picked something simple for the 5-piece setting.

  14. Abby says:

    Late to the party on this, but the Jasper Conran is hands down my absolute favorite. My part-time job in college was in shop that sold fine china and that was always my fave pattern to mix and match. Most brides thought I was crazy when I brought that out. Why not buy the salad/dessert plates from the patterns you love as accent pieces for your existing china?