Effortless Entertaining: Wedding Registry Tips

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{Carolyne Roehm}

Hi there! I am Devon Liedtke and I am lucky enough to be a part of the Paloma Contreras Design team. But, I have a confession– I am a tabletop fanatic. From purchased or found to antique or new– I love it all! As a former tabletop buyer, I learned so much about the world of tablescapes.

Paloma and I have discussed the topic of beautifully set tabletops at length and she thought it might be helpful for me to share some tips with you along with images from the queen of beautiful table settings, Carolyne Roehm!

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{Carolyne Roehm}

You just got engaged, you are planning a wedding, you are over the moon and also very overwhelmed! Let’s just say you have a lot on your plate! The last thing you need to worry about is your registry.

When registering, remember that this is the one time in your life that you will be receiving household gifts, so think about the big picture, years down the line. Just because you entertain casually now and live in a small apartment doesn’t mean that you always will. So best practice is to go ahead and register for that china and crystal that you think you will “never use”, because trust me, you will!

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{Carolyne Roehm}

When registering for china and crystal, there is a world of pattern and color to choose from and it can be overwhelming at first! So take a deep breath and remember these pieces of advice!

  1. Think of dressing your table like dressing yourself. You have a “go to” pair of black jeans that you just love and they go with everything! This is your dinner plate. Your dinner plate is your workhorse. Get a plate that can go with different salad and dessert plates, seasonally.
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  2. More is more! Always register for more rather than less. As of now, it might just be you and your sweetie, but fast forward 10 years and you are hosting Thanksgiving for 16. You need to be prepared! Think down the line when choosing quantities. 8-12 place settings is safe, but the more the better.carolyne roehm6{Carolyne Roehm}
  3. Remember to get a set of salad plates AND a set of Dessert plates. No hostess wants to be washing dishes in the midst of a special gathering. They don’t have to be the same, in fact I say mix it up! Get complimentary patterns work together and on their own with the table scape.Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 6.06.06 PM
  4. Remember to buy serving pieces! These of all pieces do NOT need to be the same pattern as your China. In fact, I say go for a neutral that will go with ANYTHING! Think white porcelain with a gold edge. Basically a LBD for your table.Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 5.14.45 PM
  5. Do you have any family heirlooms you can use as a jumping off point? Having unique items that you have picked up in your travels or have been passed down in your family will not only act as a conversation piece, but also add a unique touch that only your table will have.stack of blue and white {via Sacramento Street}
  6. On to crystal! With glassware, remember to register, at a minimum, for the same amount of glasses as you do place settings of china. There may be times when you entertain with passed appetizers with more people, so it would be best to register for more.champagne mountainside bride {via Mountainside Bride}

  7. For glassware, it would be best to register for a larger red wine, a smaller white wine, a water glass and a champagne flute. Although you will rarely set your table with all of them at once, it is great to have options to mix and match. Another option is to register for one large wine glass and one smaller wine glass. With this option, the larger wine glass is your water and the smaller is your wine, regardless of the type of wine that is being served.Michael C Fina{Michael C. Fina}

    Now that you know what to put on your registry, it’s time to plan your first dinner party. Happy Entertaining! Stay tuned for more Effortless Entertaining tips coming soon!

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  1. Honestly, I think people should ditch the idea of everyday and good china. We have only good china. Limoges, the real deal. We use it every day. Same with the silverware. It’s silver. We use it every day.
    When I divorced long ago, I tried to get rid of my old “good” china (which I used, but not every day, mostly because it had silver leaf and couldn’t go into the dishwasher. If you entertain, think about whether you really want to wash 20 place settings by hand). My very expensive china turned out to be nearly worthless. There are so many breakups and so many people trying to unload china that you can get a complete set for nothing on Craigslist.
    I was just reflecting on the beautiful rose bushes in front of my house. They were a wedding gift (second time) from co-workers. They are wonderful.