On Monday I introduced you to Mary Jeanne Kneen of Kneen & Co., a Chicago-based showroom and storefront with wonderful registry options. Today she's back with some great registry-related info. Enjoy the Q&A and be sure to check out all of the amazing, hand-crafted products offered on their website!
Shira: What are some trends you’re seeing in the world of registry?
Mary Jeanne: Some of my clients like to mix their inherited dinner service with new patterns. The image below demonstrates this trend, incorporating Nymphenburg’s exquisite Gold and Green Pearl.
Guests are “contributing” to a registry rather than purchasing a single gift. For instance, couples are able to register at Kneen & Co. and ask their families and friends to help contribute a dollar amount towards their dinnerware or crystal pattern.
I’m also seeing a preference for simple, classic patterns with playful or whimsical designs. Great examples include the Lobmeyr tumbler with painted butterflies and the balloon tumbler with a painted eyeball from Ted Muehling.
SS: What three items should every couple add to their registry?
MJK: All couples should start collecting a timeless porcelain pattern. These dishes never go out of style. Sterling silver flatware is great for everyday use and is dishwasher safe. And I really love candlesticks and classic glassware: Candlelight can set the mood for any meal, whether it’s take-out or a formal dinner, and crystal glassware can enhance the taste of whatever you're drinking.
SS: Do you have any favorite items to give couples when you attend weddings?
MJK: I enjoy giving couples gifts that are versatile and classic. The Nymphenburg Egg Vases designed by Ted Muehling and pieces from the Ruth Gurvich collection are great wedding gift ideas that feature truly special shapes and designs. Also, the Lobmeyr Patrician champagne flutes and crystal candy dishes are light and elegant.
SS: How much should a couple register for? What are the basic guidelines as far as quantity?
MJK: Couples should register for things they love that will stand the test of time. I recommend 6-14 sets for both everyday and formal items. And consider adding to your collection every year on your anniversary.