(Closed) Mismatched China for My Vintage Chic Inspired Wedding

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Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You could rein in your plans a little and just use mismatched salad or dessert plates

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where do you live? on a previous post a bee mentioned that she was able to rent mismatched china in her area.

Here are all the craigslist ads selling mismatched china-some are selling for 50 cents each!

http://www.google.ca/search?q=wedding+with+mismatched+china&rls=com.microsoft:en-ca:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7ADBF_en&redir_esc=&ei=zfNsTpu4GezRiAKN9uDEDg#sclient=psy&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-ca%3AIE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7ADBF_en&source=hp&q=site:craigslist.org+mismatched+china&pbx=1&oq=site:craigslist.org+mismatched+china&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=17301l31450l0l33493l50l39l0l0l0l2l281l5930l6.24.8l39l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=e1e287f58b98d22f&biw=1024&bih=505

to do this you go to http://www.google.com

enter        site:craigslist.org    

then add what you are searching for, in this case, mismatched china

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ask all of your friends to speak to their Grandmothers! 

Go to stores like Salvation Army and Value Village.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@MademoiselleL: I wouldn’t let someone borrow my fine china….

I would try thrift stores you can find cute plates, saucers and tecups for 1 dollar each here in Sacramento… miht take a while but its do-able.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LolaB: you didn’t say what area you live…

This is the post where the bee mentioned renting china

Loribeth (message)    December 1, 2010   Michigan (Married in Savannah, GA)

I am using mismatched china for our reception we’re having this June. I found a local company that actually rents mismatched china.  My friend Kim suggested a friend of hers who collects china and turned her hobby into a business.

and here is another post she did:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/renting-china-for-the-reception

send her a PM

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LolaB:

Thrift stores are changing their stock all the time. Hit the stores in your area regularly and look at what they have, and ask them when they put out new inventory. Also keep an eye on classified ads and Craigslist. Also google for second hand stores in your area; it may turn up some places you aren’t familiar with and you’ll have better luck.

Sometimes, with fine china, if they have a complete service, they’ll only sell it as a unit. Depending on how many pieces you need, a few of these with some odd pieces thrown in might be fine.

It helps to keep a list of what pieces you need, how many you need of each piece, how many you have, so you don’t end up looking at a set of plates and going “Now, did I need six more salad plates or six more dinner plates? I can’t remember!”

Don’t be afraid to ask friends and relatives. I wouldn’t give anyone my “good” china for a wedding, but I definitely have some pretty plates and things I’d lend. (Basically, if it’s something where I’d say, “Oh, that’s okay,” if it broke, and meant it, I’d lend it.) If you borrow plates, use white electrical tape and sharpie marker to label the underside. (It’ll stay on in the diswasher and still be legible.) Also, older gold rimmed china is not dishwasher safe.

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Captain013:  You might be surprised at what people have.  Not necessarily their china set but they might have mismatched pieces laying around.  I’m planning my Grandma’s 90th birthday party using mismatched China and it is all borrowed.

 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m the one who rented the mis-matched china. In fact, everything was mis-matched, china, silverware, water glasses, wine glasses… It was beautiful!

You never said where you’re from.  I used a company called Debby Does Dishes in Montague, Michigan. She did a beautiful job. The nice thing about her service was she was there the night of our reception and cleared away dishes as our guests finished. That meant the caterer didn’t have to bring waitstaff to clear the tables, which saved us some money.

The dishes really did become part of the decor, so it’s smart that you’re dipping into the decor budget. We got so many compliments on everything, and it really did look English cottage / Southern charm…which is what we were going for. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Have you tried thrift stores? I see tons of china in there all the time and they usually have days where they have 25-50% off everything in the store.  Maybe try that?

 

As for mismatched silverware – seriously, thrift stores.  The one right by my house as bins FULL of flatware.

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