4 Clever Ways to Mix and Match Table Settings

Master the art of registering for (and actually using!) tabletop items in a variety of styles and price points.

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To register for china or not to register for china? That is the question that Zola registry advisers are asked on a daily basis. The answer is—it is up to you! If couples love to entertain, fine china is a fantastic registry option. For those on the fence, there are a few ways to incorporate pieces that last a lifetime into your tabletop. Try taking a traditional registry gift, and freshening it up. Couples don't need to register for an entire set of china, but they can creatively mix and match styles and sets at varying price points for a combination that is unique and representative of their personal taste. Here are a few ideas to help master the high-low tabletop mix.


Rustic Meets Traditional

Wood is like the little black dress of a dinner table; it matches any color and style. A rustic wooden backdrop, like the Acaciaware Round Charger ($68, set of 4), pairs nicely with a vibrant pop of color, like the traditional Rórstrand Dinner Plate ($22), and a simple white salad plate from Bia Cordon Bleu ($28, set of 4). Wood even lends itself to gold glam flatware!
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Sophisticated Pastels 

If you want to add color to your tabletop, try a more muted pastel palette of pinks, blues, greens, yellows, and even purples. A timeless white charger, like the Rosental Charger Plate ($56), is a clean base for any pretty pastel. Masculine meets feminine in this blue and pink combo of the Kate Spade Mercer Drive Dinner Plate ($38) in light blue paired with the Rórstrand Swedish Grace Salad Plate ($20) in pink.

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Florals and Metals

Mixing florals and metals turns any place setting into a conversation starter. The pairing of an opulent charger, such as the Match Pewter Convivio Charger ($265), with a delicate print, is beautiful in the most unexpected way.

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Artistic and Sleek

Minimal and modern, the artistic Hawkins Jackson Collection of dinnerware ($24-$108) pairs well with any neutral tone, like the Canvas Home Salad Plate ($100, set of 4) in white or grey. It is a look that suits any design buff.

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Glamorous and Sweet

Take your tabletop from day to night with unique accents to everyday dishes. This black and gold combo of the Mosser Glass Dinner Plate ($100, set of 4) and Canvas Home Gold Charger ($25) is elegant enough for an evening affair, but the addition of botanical Rosanna Jet Setter Salad Plates ($68, set of 4) makes for a sweet yet chic daytime look.
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Don't forget to register for finishing touches like serveware, flatware, and Champagne glasses that will pull the whole look together ($50-$195).

About the Author

Jennifer Spector

Jennifer Spector is the director of brand strategy and newlywed-at-large at Zola, an innovative wedding registry that is transforming how couples and guests share, buy, and ship wedding gifts. Driven by the belief that today’s engaged duos should have access to offerings that reflect their current tastes on a platform that can keep up with their daily needs, we are reinventing old...


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