Our Favorite Ways to Use Porcelain in Every Part of Your Wedding
Porcelain has a longstanding relationship with the wedding world, which makes it the perfect addition to your big day, whatever its aesthetic. The traditional gift for 18th anniversaries, porcelain signifies a major relationship milestone—but we're of the opinion that you should make use of porcelain long before your 18th anniversary rolls around. From reception dinneware and drinkware to dainty hair pins and floral accents, porcelain is a material that deserves a place in your wedding plans.
While all pottery and ceramic accents add beautiful depth and texture to any wedding design, porcelain's iconic white hue and thin composition brings added elegance whenever (and wherever!) it's used. With all the ways to use porcelain at a wedding, deciding on the best applications for your own celebration can feel daunting. To start, think of how it can be incorporated into your wedding attire and ceremony before moving onto the reception. Consider adding a porcelain necklace or hair accessory to your bridal beauty look, for example. As for the grooms? Ahead you'll see how one groom creatively incorporated the material into his boutonnière.
When it comes to adding porcelain to your reception, start by considering its uses as part of your tablescape. Fine porcelain china will instantly elevate place settings while crisp ceramic vessels will frame your floral arrangements in an understated way that allows the blooms to shine. As for the end of the evening? Porcelain cake stands and wedding favors are elevated ways to ensure that these accents have a place in your day from start to finish. As you continue planning your wedding, bookmark the ideas ahead so you can include classic porcelain accents into every part of your big day.
Fine porcelain china is one of the most common ways to use this medium on your wedding day— but that doesn't make it any less special. These textured dishes felt regal; deep blue ribbon reinforced the luxe aesthetic of this setting designed by The Wildflowers.
While the groomsmen's boutonnières featured fresh flowers from Molly Ryan Floral, this groom's arrangement was comprised of porcelain lily of the valley blooms. Lily of the valley is a notoriously fragile bloom—so a porcelain iteration is a great way to make this design more durable.
Not only does porcelain make a great keepsake for you and your spouse, it's a thoughtful keepsake for guests, as well. Take this couple's choice for their escort card and favor combo, for example. Collectable porcelain bell ornaments, with calligraphy from Laura Hooper, were an on-theme way to celebrate at their Christmas wedding, which Lauryn Prattes planned.
If you love the idea of porcelain china, why not make use of it in triplicate? To create texture on their tablescape, Beauty in the Making layered three complementary gold-and-white plates on top of an aqua stoneware charger for a contemporary take on a classic place setting.
One reason we're partial to hair clips and combs with porcelain blooms? They will help your hair look pristine all day long, just like this bride's cherry blossom-inspired clips did for her Brittani Estes Hair updo, whereas fresh blooms run the risk of wilting from sun and heat exposure.
A collection of ginger jars and other Chinoiserie porcelain urns greeted guests at this escort card display. Using porcelain details as a backdrop, as Pineapple Productions did for this couple, is a great way to ensure family heirlooms that you're including in the wedding don't get bumped or damaged throughout the day.
A classic porcelain cake stand added to the classic, garden-inspired look of this cake table. While a stand can likely be rented from your cake baker or a specialty company, a porcelain option—that you'll continue to use for home entertaining—is a worthwhile investment, one that will always remind you of your special wedding day.
Miniature porcelain bud vases served as the base for these fern-centric escort cards. While other materials may prove to be too heavy for a big display, porcelain's light weight made it an ideal vessel material for this design that Lauryn Prattes dreamed up (and Sweet Root Village and BD3 Design executed).
Since it is so durable, porcelain is the ideal material for wedding elements that you want to become future keepsakes. Case in point? A ring dish, like this one—it could hold your rings on a counter or vanity for years to come.
Who doesn't love candles? These favors featured fragrant candles in porcelain containers and were paired with Ladurée macarons to make the gift extra sweet.
Like the porcelain cake stand idea too much to have just one? Curate a selection of them to fill out your dessert table. Even if you're only having one cake, you can use the stands to display other desserts, like macarons or cookies.
When the elements of a bride's big-day look complement each other, you know it's a well-curated ensemble. This leaf-centric porcelain accessory held the bride's updo in place, so her gown's lace was on full display—but the gown's low-back ensured sure the Wild Rose hair clip was a visible focal point of the look.
While porcelain is generally thought of as a traditional material, we love seeing it applied in more fun, youthful ways. This couple embraced their playful side by serving passed mini ice cream cones in a porcelain container as a late-night snack that kept the party going.
A well-designed tablescape features thoughtful color contrast, like this look did. Porcelain's bright white coloring helped these already-vibrant blooms by Penelope Pots pop even more.
A coffee display is the perfect spot to show off some of your favorite porcelain mugs. For an eclectic feel, consider scouring antique shops in the months before your wedding to amass a collection of bone china for the reception.
Not a fan of bold colors? Consider using porcelain vessels in a variety of sizes and shapes for a monochromatic look that is still packed with texture, as Claudia Gonzalez of Endlessly Lush did here.
A hair comb with a collection of porcelain leaves was perfect for this beach bride, whose wedding was planned by Elins Art Studio. When you're selecting hair accessories for your big day, considering your destination will help ensure your bridal look feels cohesive with the locale.
If you're tying the knot during the colder months, a hot chocolate display is always appreciated by guests. Elegant silver-rimmed porcelain mugs brought an elevated air to this drink display; gold calligraphy further reinforced the classic, romantic look of the vignette.
While many brides consider drying the petals from their wedding bouquets to save for years to come, there's another creative way to turn your clutch into a keepsake. Porcelain flowers ensured this bouquet would look beautiful well past the big day.
A ceramic pitcher wrapped with metal number tags brought a rustic, farm-to-table feel to these wooden reception tables designed by Ang Weddings & Events. Mixing materials (as this couple did with wood, porcelain, and metal) is a surefire way to add texture and an extra dose of personality to your reception design.