Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Registering Anxiety

I almost had a full fledged panic attack yesterday. I didn't think that would be possible in one of my most favoritest of favorite stores, but being surrounded by all things china, stemware, linens, and the like, my brain shut down and I couldn't process. I've been giving a lot of thought to registering and I just don't know how I'm going to do it. I've already ripped off the band-aid and registered for kitchen gadgets, but that was painfully easy since it was more of like a "fill-in-the-blanks" of registering. This whole, "pick whatever your little heart desires" part is what has me almost in hives. So I ask, how can you commit to a china pattern and stemware you'll be living with for the rest of your life?!

OK, OK, I'm sure you're all, "whoa, this chick can't commit to a bread plate but she's committing to some guy for the rest of her life?!" Well, the guy was super easy because he's charming, witty, hilarious, and he kisses my forehead and tells me he likes me. No bread plate has ever made me laugh or blush, so how am I supposed to pick one?!

Especially when I want to have dinner parties that look like this...

Style Me Pretty

But then the next weekend, I'm like, I want to be like this...


And then the next weekend (my, I'm very busy!) I want to 'scape my table à la this...

Sitting in a Tree

So how am I supposed to pick just one? Especially when my idea of a plate party looks like this...


And I'm guessing his idea of a rockin' time resembles something a little more woodland creatured...

Michael C. Fina

Don't even get me started on linens. That's really where my brain turned into mush. 

I find it incredibly entertaining that I can so easily determine what bedding, furniture, and drapes our clients need, but I find it numbingly painful to decide what interior goodness I want.

So, tell me, what DO I want? Do I go bold or beige? I'm serious. I need guidance here. Talk me down off of my registry ledge, hug me, and tell me it's all going to be OK, then hand me a glass of wine in a glass that I can't decide if I like or not. Waaaaaah!!


  1. I had the same panic attack about registering for china. I decided to go basic (Wedgewood Silver Aster) because you can always add colorful and less expensive (or more expensive) bread plates, chargers, etc later on!

  2. I just got married in May and picking a fine china pattern was a huge stress for me. I am an indecisive person and there are so many beautiful patterns out, how does or easily settle on just one??!

    I ended up going with Herend china and I mixed their Princess Victoria and Chinese Bouquet patterns, all of it in the rust color. I love it!! I knew I wanted some color because you're not gonna use your fine china everyday so you might as well punch it up! Also, if it helps I read this post by Erin of elements of style blog which solidified my decision to stay away from neutrals: http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com/2011/11/setting-the-table.html

    For wht it's worth my older sister who has been married for 12 years a colorful fine china pattern and she has not tired of it and still loves it. I am jealous she has pretty corner china cabinets to display hers in. Those are next on my ever ending list of stuff I need for my house.

  3. I agree, go for a basic white to which you can add color/patterned salad or dessert plates or a fun coffee set. We registered for Wedgewood white china and I use them every day.

  4. I wouldn't go BEIGE--- you will regret it! Color in fine china is beautiful. For your everyday, something more basic may be fine, because honestly, over the years, you'll end up with more than one everyday pattern. I would also recommend that you register for Holiday china, so that gives you a nice change, and something fun to collect over the years. (and p.s.- don't worry about what your groom thinks...trust me, he could care less! My hubby never went with me on my registering appointments)

  5. I went with a white china with silver rim and accent flourish at the top and bottom. I've been married for two years now and have sadly not used them yet... Must do that! The problem with china is that there are too many pretty options! I think it's easy to become a china hoarder!

  6. As a bride-to-be, I totally agree that picking your china pattern is nearly impossible! I also ended up going with something on the more simple side that I could jazz up with some pops of color.

    That gorgeous blue table scape at the top is actually a mix and match! I’ve seen it on NewlyWish. Uh, to die for? http://www.newlywish.com/product/category/mix-matched_dinnerware/MBRIB


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