China patterns personality quiz: what your choice of dishware says about you!

One of the most fun pre wedding activities is... you guessed it, picking out registry items! There gazillions of choices in China patterns to boggle the mind and drive you to register for them all. So we created a fun personality quiz: what your choice of dishware says about you! Enjoy these dazzling designs available at your favorite wedding gift registry near you! 

Are you the creative and exotic type?  You want your home to look like a cross between an Anthropologie catalog and Architectural Digest? If you can pull of wearing a kimono with jeans, than you have met your china pattern! This pattern by Mottahedeh [an incredible house that creates authentic fine china reproductions from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Historic Charleston Foundation, Mount Vernon, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Monticello and many State Department functions] is called 'Tobacco Leaf" and is available at Williams Sonoma wedding registry.  Love!!

If you secretly feel you're a long lost member of an old European Royal Family, this gorgeous traditional classic pattern is for you! With beautiful gold embellishments this pattern is fit for a king and queen! Available at Bloomingdales' Wedding Registry, this pattern by Royal Crown Derby is called "Gold Aves" and features Birds of Paradise and Peacocks with long trailing feathers. The original design was taken from an embroidered cushion fashioned by a member of the Royal Academy of Needlework. Oh Jeeves! Bring the carriage around please!! 

If you envision yourself in a big southern barn converted into a dream home, with a huge front porch for sweet tea with your neighbors, shiplap on the walls (a la Joanna Gaines!), a giant farm table in the kitchen and huge garden out back, then be sure to add Spode's Blue Italia pattern to your dream registry list!! You can find this classic [the traditional blue color goes back centuries and a pastoral scene [meaning farmland or pasture] will be in style for centuries more! Find this design at Macy's Wedding Registry department.

Penthouse apartment overlooking the city? Check! Small dog that fits in a large purse? Check! Subscription to Vogue? Check! Here you go girl, Bernardaud ‘Constance’ is the china pattern for you! Bernerdaud is known for their fine porcelain dinner services made from Limonges porcelain. Inspired by Napoleon's Empire style, “Constance” is encircled by laurel wreaths and branches of acorns and oak leaves, all classic symbols of strength, longevity and peace. The motifs are applied in watercolor shades of green and gold, and each piece is finished with multiple fillets of 24k gold. Artisans handcraft and decorate the translucent porcelain at the workshops of Bernardaud, a family-owned company since the mid 19th century, and their products have graced the tables of families around the world for generations. Find this chic china pattern at Williams Sonoma Wedding Registry department. 

Are you the well mannered lady who loves to serve tea and keep your please and thank you's old school? Romantic, classic and perfectly proper for a dressy meal or high tea this pattern evokes nature and classic English garden style! This lovely collection called Rothschild "Bird" is available at Neiman Marcus wedding registry.  This sweet and lovely pattern is by Herend, an almost 200 year old Hungarian china manufacturer who was the was purveyor to the Habsburg Dynasty and aristocratic customers throughout Europe. Would you be so kind as to pass the scones my dear? 

You’re young, happy and in love with life! Like a breath of fresh, warm, beach air every time you dine, the “Cristobal” pattern by Reynaud at Williams Sonoma will have you celebrating each meal with a smile. This modern pattern evokes happy Summer days at the beach no matter the weather outside! Stylized branches of sea coral in vibrant turquoise, matching solid-color rims and platinum edging make Raynaud's Cristobal dinnerware works of art for the table. Crafted in France of fine Limoges porcelain, each meticulously hand-finished piece requires the work of 30 artisans to complete from start to finish. We foresee 2 snuggling newlyweds in a breakfast nook, soft white curtains blowing in the breeze that gently wafts through the open window, and a long and happy life ahead! 

If you are a romantic dreamer and a girly girl who cannot pass up thanking each a butterfly you see for sending you good luck and joy then this pattern is for you!  Anna Weatherly, known for her fresh and nature infused designs, brings the beauty of nature to life with delicately hand-painted flowers, leaves and insects called "Spring in Budapest" which you can find at Neiman Marcus' Wedding Registry.  As an international designer, Anna Weatherley’s career has included designing and manufacturing couture fashion, jewelry, home furnishings, and printed textiles. In the early 1990’s she established a studio in Budapest, Hungary where she trained a group of highly talented painters to create her collection of hand-painted porcelain. Hand-painted porcelain has a long tradition in Hungary going back almost two centuries. Her designs are inspired by the early botanical illustrators and flower painters of the 18th Century Europe such as Redoute, Hooker, and Ehret.

If your artistic soul can only be truly happy living in a 4th floor 18th century apartment in Paris then Acanthus 'Whitewash" is the china pattern for you! Available at Juliska, this pattern is the perfect fit for your Bohemian soul mate to dine on truffles, croissants and fromage avec pain wile listening the the bells toll from Notre Dame!  Although made in Portugal, we think the iconic scroll of the Acanthus leaf adorning the simplicity of a whitewash dinner plate brings Parisian-like architectural elegance to your everyday dining and layers beautifully with almost any other collection to add layers and depth to any meal. A votre sante! 

If you know you have what it takes to bring bold, artistic drama to every day life you have met your match in table-setting style! We see a dining room with original modern art paintings, a strong wall color, and a few key, eclectic elements assembled all to show off this pattern on the table! With modern flair and bohemian drama this pattern is a must for the bold creator and designer in you! The Royal Crown Derby "Bristol Crown Orange" pattern brings strong color and design to your table making every event a memorable one! Available at Neiman Marcus's Wedding Registry department. 

It seems no matter who you are or how you choose to express your style, one china pattern is never enough for all the ways you celebrate life!  There are so many gorgeous and exciting patterns to tickle your fancy for every day or extra special romantic or special event dinners, but don't forget the seasonal patterns available at Williams Sonoma!  Although not porcelain or fine China like the options above, they’re still the cutest ways to set a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hannukah holiday table.

The Tartan pattern by Williams Sonoma special occasion dishware collection. 

We hope you enjoyed our little china pattern romp through all these beautiful styles.  Most importantly remember to always be you, as that’s the most beautiful pattern of all, and we hope you enjoy many years of shared meals with those you love!

First Ever Wine and Spirits Wedding Registry? No, You're Not Dreaming Anymore!

In recent years, studies have shown that more and more couples are getting married later in life. A lot of the time this is because the couple has been dating and living together for years already, so the actual marriage comes a little later. If this is the case for you, you probably have already stocked up on basic bakeware and cookware; and you probably have enough silverware. So, the big question is, "What do you need that can be put on your gift registry?" Well, ThirstyNest is here to answer that question for you! Founder, Jacqueline Strum says, "Home entertaining is an exciting part of a new marriage, with other traditional registries giving couples the option for selecting everything except what they will actually serve.  With several simple “1-Click Registry” collections, from Mixologist Must-Haves to Wine Bar 101, ThirstyNest guides couples on how to create the perfectly appointed home bar for stylish entertaining in one mouse tap. Registrants may also select individual wine and spirits or add unique items from drinkware to bar carts to their registry." As if you're not sold already, they partnered with Wine Enthusiast, so you know you're only getting the best products out there!

 

Saving the planet with your Sierra Club wedding registry!

Sure getting lots of cool wedding presents feels great, but we can all agree that clean air, sparkling rivers, and renewable energy are always worth more than anything that comes in a box. That's why so many planet-loving wedding couples are donating to ecological causes via wedding gift registries to support the Sierra Club in lieu of, or in addition to, traditional gifts. Create a personal Team Sierra page on their site and ask for gifts to the planet as a way to care for Mother Earth with your wedding.  Future generations will thank you! 

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The Registry at Bloomingdale: 5 reasons why this gift wedding registry is like no other

The Registry [gift registry] at Bloomingdales is like no other! Here are 5 reasons you'll love this amazing wedding gift registry! Get on down to Fashion Valley and meet with their friendly staff of registry experts or just get started on line with your registry and make it easy for your guests to get you what you want! 

1.  Something for Everyone:  From the time you register until your occasion date, you’ll receive 20% off a luxe assortment of clothing, fine jewelry and intimates.

1.  Something for Everyone: From the time you register until your occasion date, you’ll receive 20% off a luxe assortment of clothing, fine jewelry and intimates.

2. Personal Consultants :  Bloomingdale's registry  specialists work with you directly so you and your guests are always taken care of—it’s a committed relationship.

2. Personal Consultants: Bloomingdale's registry specialists work with you directly so you and your guests are always taken care of—it’s a committed relationship.

3. Completion Offers:  Receive 10% off for six months when you purchase the remaining items on your registry. And, pick one day to shop your registry in store for 20% off during the three months following your occasion date.

3. Completion Offers: Receive 10% off for six months when you purchase the remaining items on your registry. And, pick one day to shop your registry in store for 20% off during the three months following your occasion date.

4 .  Thank You Manager:  Bloomingdale's Thank You Manager makes it beyond simple to keep track of the gifts you receive and the thank you cards you’ve completed. It's available to you 24/7 and will help you stay organized.

4. Thank You Manager: Bloomingdale's Thank You Manager makes it beyond simple to keep track of the gifts you receive and the thank you cards you’ve completed. It's available to you 24/7 and will help you stay organized.

5. Special Events:  You're always invited to our sensational in-store events—we had over 7,000 last year—and our travel partners, including the Travel Siblings, offer unbelievable deals on honeymoons and more.

5. Special Events: You're always invited to our sensational in-store events—we had over 7,000 last year—and our travel partners, including the Travel Siblings, offer unbelievable deals on honeymoons and more.