Upgrade your wedding registry—and your kitchen!—to fit your style and entertaining needs. These chic china sets will help you do just that.
Whether you're a regular entertainer or a hostess hopeful, upgraded dinnerware is a staple on every wedding registry (and in every home!). With so many holidays, birthday parties, and anniversaries to look forward to, you'll soon come to rely on your wedding china to help create a polished tablescape that's fit for any celebration. Before long, these collections will become reminders of your family's best moments. Who knew that a plate could hold so many memories?
Choosing your china, then, is a big life decision, which might feel overwhelming. If you're struggling to find a timeless set that works for your needs and fits with your home's aesthetic, know that there are absolutely no rules you need to follow. From muted, minimal plates and classic banded platters to monogrammed bowls and geometric mugs, selecting elevated dinnerware really depends on your taste. Whatever china you're drawn to—chic and spare, over-the-top embellished, or something in between—we've got a pattern for you. So you and you family can have your plates (and cups, and saucers) and eat off them, too, for every moment, big or small.
Eye-Catching Cups: Elevated china isn't just about the dinnerware. If you most often entertain over a cup of coffee, espresso, or tea, think about upgrading your drinkware. Go bold with "woven" illusion patterns, primal prints, and metallic hues, or subtle with blush pink or matte black. Feeling something more (neo)classic? Grecian-inspired cups, detailed in bas-relief or embossed with mythical heros, bring intrigue to your china cabinet. Whatever you decide, these pieces are sure to impress guests even more than your homemade cappuccino.
The Details: (clockwise) Raynaud "Tresor" Espresso Cup and Saucer, in Blue, $152 and $68, devinecorp.net. Kelly Wearstler "Marquetry" Teacup and Saucer, $49 and $23, pickardchina.com. Michael Wainwright "Tempio Luna" Cup and Saucer, in Gold, $120, michaelwainwright.com. Noritake "The Alta," in Rose, $100 for a 5-piece set, noritake.com. Michele Varian Matte Porcelain Espresso Set, $168 for 4, michelevarian.com. KPM “Arkadia” Soup Cup and Saucer, $275, tableartonline.com. Wedgwood "Jasperware" Teacup and Saucer, in Black, $235, wedgwood.com.
Less Is More
If your design aesthetic skews toward the understated and minimal, then unadorned and solid dishes and servingware will look right at home in your kitchen. Don't want something totally one-note? Shiny gold or pearly iridescence adds a little flash.
The Details: (clockwise) Royal Doulton Barber & Osgerby's "Olio" 10-inch Platter, in Red, $86, royaldoulton.com. TSE & TSE "Famished Crumble" Large Dish, $107, shophorne.com. Rosanna "Let's Party" Plate, in Gold, $20, rosannainc.com. Hubsch Faceted Bowls, $75 for a set of 5, jungleeny.com. Jars "Reflets de Maguelone" Plate, in Cream Peach, $42; and "Jardin de Maguelone," in Truffle, $53, mottahedeh.com. TSE & TSE "Thirsty" Teacup, in Gold, $69, shophorne.com. Mikasa "Coronado Terracotta" Bowl and Salad Plate, in Pearl, $372 for a 16-piece dinnerware set, macys.com. Michael Wainwright "Mezza" Large Platter, $120, michaelwainwright.com. Wet Vessels by Aviva Rowley Screw Vessel Vase, $150, wetvessels.com. Hawkins New York "Simple Dinnerware" Round Mug, $24, hawkinsnewyork.com.
Elegant dishes with monograms and contrasting trim are made for the classic couple who want their dining room to feel a little more formal (not the same as stuffy!). The abundance of white makes for a clean look—one that will easily mingle with something more embellished later, if you want to add.