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Posted April 12, 2013 by James Rhodes in Bridal
 
 

Bridal trends transform grandma’s china from vintage to vogue



New brides are transforming anything old into something new. That&rsquos according to the latest bridal tabletop trends.

While in recent years brides have been registering for casual dinnerware, lately industry professionals are seeing brides returning to fine china. Sales indicate they&rsquore opting for porcelain and bone china, which are more tough than stoneware because these mediums are less probably to chip.

White patterns continue to be sturdy bridal sellers, ranging in shades from pure white to ecru, with gold trim creating a resurgence amongst millennial brides.

But in an emerging trend, observers are locating vintage is vogue.

&ldquoBrides are embracing heirloom patterns for a number of reasons,&rdquo says Keith Winkler, solution marketing manager at Replacements, Ltd. &ldquoFirst of all, there&rsquos a robust, emotional connection to those inherited pieces since it ties them to family members and tradition. At the identical time, vintage is massive all through the style industry, and that&rsquos impacting dinnerware trends. Brides are hanging onto Grandma&rsquos china, but they&rsquore also looking to give loved ones treasures a more contemporary spin.&rdquo

John Griffith oversees the visual merchandising group at Replacements, known as the planet&rsquos biggest retailer of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles. He typically hears from brides needing aid transforming household treasures.

&ldquoIt doesn&rsquot matter regardless of whether inherited dinnerware is decades old, patterns are timeless by means of the magic of mixing and matching,&rdquo says Griffith. &ldquoI suggest making use of your heirloom pattern as a starting point, then mixing in various colors, shapes and even other mediums such as glass or acrylics. By making a sort of &lsquoretro remix,&rsquo you can dress up your sentimental preferred for formal entertaining, or just as very easily dress down your tableware for a casual evening with friends.&rdquo

For instance, Griffith says mixing in square salad plates with round shaped dinnerware creates art deco flair. Mixing different colored plates or glass can open up an entire new colour palette.

He&rsquos adamant don&rsquot be afraid to be bold and attempt one thing new.

&ldquoI lately had a consumer come in with an heirloom goblet she wanted to match,&rdquo he says. &ldquoWe didn&rsquot have any pieces in her pattern, so I instead zeroed in on a design element with the goblet, in this case the stem style on the glass. I added in 4 further crystal patterns, all with a related stem design and style. By matching that certain design and style element, we produced a actually sophisticated, modern look.&rdquo

Griffith leads style seminars on producing trendy tables at the company&rsquos retail retailer. Many of his insights appear on Replacements&rsquo YouTube channel and Facebookpage at www.facebook.com/Replacements.

One challenge brides often encounter with heirloom pieces lies in the reality family members members at times neglect the name of the pattern. Griffith suggests taking advantage of Replacements&rsquo free of charge pattern identification service. Further data is accessible on the organization&rsquos internet site, www.replacements.com.

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