I first learned about Plate from my own dear mother (she sent me this DailyCandy article awhile back). I often get asked what alternatives there are to basic rental plates? And thanks to Shannon and Sarah's passion for beautiful dishware, you have your answer. Thanks, Mom!
Old friends Shannon and Sarah have been working together since their respective weddings in 2011 (at the same venue and just over a month apart!). Their shared love of mismatched vintage china settings collected from estate sales and antique shops first spawned Plate Vintage Crockery Rental and Rescue. Based in Chicago, Plate offers an impressive collection of vintage salad, dinner, bread, and dessert plates, soup and berry bowls, cups and saucers, and serving pieces for rent. They have graciously shared some of their wedding style tips with me.
1. It doesn't have to match
Sometimes we get emails from brides requesting plates in colors that match their wedding palette. While we want to accommodate these requests, we truly believe that the beauty of this look is in the varying patterns and colors; by not limiting yourself to one color, you’re able to achieve a much more visually interesting and textural tablescape. We like to think of this as a new horizon in terms of wedding planning -- moving away from a traditional color scheme and instead using unique pieces to create a warmly styled event that really reflects the couple.
2. Mix old with new
From fashion to interior design to wedding event decor, we love clean, modern lines paired with beautiful vintage accents. Incorporating family heirlooms is another great way to add a personal touch. One bride we worked with used her grandmother’s extensive bottle collection as bud vases and candleholders!
3. Breathe new life into an item through unconventional use
We love the idea of using a cup and saucer for soup service or incorporating vintage serving trays and teapots into your centerpieces. Use a small, shallow drawer filled with wheat grass as a creative place card display. Or, secure a vintage mailbox to a piece of wood and fasten old house numbers above to display your wedding date -- it's a great way for guests to "mail" their well-wishes to you and your groom!
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