Will mismatched china work with my theme?

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@keevolpi:  I think it’s fine. If I’m understanding correctly, I’m imaging sort of like a Thanksgiving dinner at grandma’s. Comfortable but special, like grandma brought out her best dishes so, even if they aren’t matched, the dinner would be fancier than normal. 

Post # 4
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546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MexiPino:  +1 We actually used the family china, my grandmothers, my great grandmothers and sets from DH’s side. I thrifted additional pieces to mix in. I called it “family formal,” our vibe was the complete opposite of rustic. It worked really well. 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Goofball:  Awww. I love that you used china from both families!

I have a question…. how was your food served? I have a hard time picturing how you go from a stack of china sitting in front of you to plates of food. The only way I see it working is if the food is served family style. 

Post # 6
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546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MexiPino:  ding, ding, ding! Family style it was! The tables were set ahead of time, we also used the family “good silverware” from both sides and I pre-folded all the napkins (bishop hat) so it was a little cohesive and more “formal.”  I wish the photog had taken detail pics, but this was the dining room. Well actually we dined in the front parlor and had the ceremony in the dining room technically. 🙂

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think that sounds lovely!

Post # 10
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546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@keevolpi:  Thank you 🙂 Obviously not the vibe you’re looking for, but mismatched china doesn’t have to be rustic.

If you like the look of mismatched china but don’t want to commit to doing all the dishes that way, you could incorporate it in small ways, like the serving dishes if you’re doing buffet or family style, or in the centerpieces for flower vases, or put desserts on mismatched cake plates. 

Post # 11
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658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@keevolpi:  I did the mismatched china thing.  It was a lot of work, but turned out well!  We had our wedding in a loft, so it wasn’t stuffy, but also wasn’t the country/rustic thing either.  Here are a few pics. : )  Good luck!

 

 

Post # 12
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3201 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think “rustic” and mismatched china go very well together. Do you have any inspiration photos? I’m currently collecting mismatched china for what I’m loosely calling a “whimsical tea party/literary” theme.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@keevolpi:  I think it sounds great!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think mismatched china would go very well with what you have planned. It definitely brings in that element from the rustic theme.

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