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5 China patterns for the modern bride

All too often, the beautiful china a bride chooses is used only for special occasions. Why not choose a functional yet beautiful design you will use for years to come? We found several fine china collections you will always find a reason to set out on your table.

Creating a bridal registry can be both fun and overwhelming for the bride-to-be and her fiance. Choosing kitchen accessories and linens may be easy, but deciding on a fine china pattern can be a hard task for an engaged couple.

Traditional china patterns from names like Wedgwood and Lenox may seem too fancy and impractical for the modern couple who likes to entertain more casually. The best approach is to choose a pattern that not only reflects personal style, but is also versatile and timeless. Many couples choose china that they will use as everyday tableware for years to come.

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Mix and match

Who says your dinnerware has to match? Some of the best tablescapes are created by mixing and matching various serving pieces and place settings to create a unique look. By shaking things up for different occasions, your dinnerware always looks on trend and fashionable.

Silk Ribbon Slate by Lauren Ralph Lauren

Silk Ribbon Slate by Lauren Ralph Lauren ($90 for a five-piece place setting) uses dotted accents, a basket-weave pattern and thick bands in a gorgeous shade of platinum to give you endless options for mixing with other pieces.

Cellini by Villeroy and Boc

Cellini by Villeroy and Boch ($199 for a 16-piece set — service for four) is a choice that is so much more than simple white china. It has a classic, easy style that mixes with other pieces you own, and is microwave and dishwasher safe.

Square peg

Round plates are the most traditional shape, but square plates are an interesting trend. By incorporating square plates into your dinnerware collection, you bring a modern twist to your table decor.

Villeroy and Boch New Wave Premium ($155 for a five-piece place setting) is a modern twist on contemporary white china with a unique wave shape. Square-shaped plates and graceful lines add interest to your table without looking too modern. It is also dishwasher safe, so why not use it on a daily basis?

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Color rules

Mention traditional wedding china and most people picture white, possibly accented with gold or silver. Break the rules and bring some color to your table by choosing china that has a colorful pattern or band of color incorporated into it. You can also use your white or cream dinnerware with colorful serving pieces to bring a bit of color to your table.

Pashmina by Wedgwood

Pashmina by Wedgwood ($215 for a five-piece place setting) boasts an exotic pattern with beautiful colors, accented with gleaming gold bands. Pashmina is a perfect blend of vintage dinnerware appeal with modern-day colors and style. Made of bone china, this pattern is also dishwasher safe.

Blue Frost by Lenox

Blue Frost by Lenox ($100 for a five-piece place setting) takes traditional ivory fine china and adds a beautiful smoky blue border accented with a platinum rim. The blue works well with many tastes — from contemporary to modern — and will also mix nicely with solid serving pieces.

Have fun choosing a wedding china pattern that reflects your modern lifestyle, and you will enjoy using your pieces for years to come.

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