(Closed) thoughts on mismatched china?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I love it! So fun and cute! 

Post # 4
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I LOOOOOVE mismatched china.

While I don’t have “china” I have mismatched but color coordinated (on purpose of course) household plates and I really like how it looks. I’ve never been a fan of matchy matchy for some reason. My table always looks fun when I set it up for a party.

Post # 5
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m doing it! Err, if I ever get my butt in gear, that is. 😉

Post # 6
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Any ideas on how this works with caterers?


We are having an at-home backyard wedding, and will be having the party catered.  We definitely DO NOT want to be responsible for cleaning up all of the dishes, but if we are providing our own dishes we will likely get stuck with the responsibility of washing them, right??

Post # 7
27 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

Love the idea. Definitely do it!

Post # 8
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@multinational:  My sugestion is buy those wonderful rubbermaid totes and have the caterers place the dishes in that with some hot soapy water. Then see about hiring a local kid to wash them up the next day. My friend did this and paid $25 a piece to two local teens.

Post # 9
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@multinational:  I’m sure you’ll get stuck with the dirty plates. If your caterer brings in their own dishware, they’ll leave with it and wash it on their own. But if youre holding onto the dishes,  they will leave them behind. I really don’t think your caterers will have the time and proper equipment to wash a ton of dishes on site. Likely they wash their own dishware with a commercial washer off site, and probably wouldn’t be willing to schlep your dishes back with them and return to you. You should of course ask, though. I love the look!

Post # 10
1519 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I love it! Especially if your wedding has that shabby chic feel!

Post # 11
46613 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love the look for vintage or shappy chic weddings. It still has to be well done though. Not every pattern goes with every other pattern.

Post # 12
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I LOVE IT! I have seen some great weddings done like this and I personally really really love it.

Post # 14
2144 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love mismatched china and we were planning to do the same thing.

Post # 15
399 posts
Helper bee

Sooooo… I spent all last summer scouring yard sales and the liek for mismatched china (see my previous posts if you like). I think it looks great, but I understand your concern, as I have been worried about it looking tacky off and on since we bought the first batch! Our caterer is scraping and rinsing the plates just like they would have done if it was rented china. Then they are packing it back up in the rubbermaid bins we bring it in. we’re having the silver ware rolled, and the glasses all match. the silverware rolls will be placed on top of the b&b plates when teh tables are set, and we are using matching placemats. We thought this would allow for a more uniform look when people are arriving and seeing the big picture. also, we are using white linens and napkins, and our centerpieces are mostly white. we figured all these elements will give that polished look at the start.

I have spoken to a couple of people who have been to a wedding with mismatched china, and they said it made a great conversation starter at their tables, and that is was fun to see all the different patterns!

Post # 16
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am obsessed with this idea…And you could keep it all for family get-togethers..

Try auctions..we found so much..but it didn’t work out with our caterer.

I might still collect china for holidays and parties…it is just so cute!

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