Elad Yifrach (above) is the dashing owner of L'Objet, a shop that our staff registry expert, Naomi, loves. (So does Claire Pettibone, who chose Fortuny bowls from the shop for our designer registry story.) Elad has helped many brides hone their wedding registries, and in honor of tabletop market (check out Naomi's finds in our Instagram feed), I quizzed him on what he advises brides to look for when choosing their china. Here's what he had to say about creating "the ultimate list."
MSW: How should a bride start to find her "china style"?
EY: You can find that through the way you dress. It doesn’t matter how young or mature you are, the clothes you wear and way you put yourself together reflect your style. When it comes to buying for the home, it’s a bigger commitment—you own it forever. So, stay true to your style and don't go with the expected.
MSW: It's such a big decision and brides often balance what they want with what they need. Any advice for navigating those impulses?
EY: Choose things that you can live with for a long time. It's your chance to ask for whatever you want. How many times would you buy yourself a set of cutlery or a vase? The beauy of a registry is that it's very sentimental: it's what you choose when you start your new life. You get married hopefully once, so you want to make it different, a little more memorable.
MSW: What makes a piece both unexpectedly stylish and timeless?
EY: A subtly patterned white porcelain—not ceramic—allows you to create either a simple or more dramatic table. It's classy and elegant, has a finer, thinner body, and yet it's stronger than the thicker ceramic. I like Limoges porcelain.
Elad suggests the white version of these gold Aegean plates as a surprising yet classic fine china set.
MSW: What's the difference when you're choosing a formal pattern over one for everyday?
EY: A formal pattern doesn’t have to be so stuffy. Look at the Aegean Filet, it has that nice little gold touch that makes it work with modern or classic interiors. Give your formal ware a little more personality by pairing it with a charger or dessert plate, setting it on a placemat, or choose a more shocking tablecloth.
MSW: How should you choose the silverware to go with your china?
EY: I would choose the cutlery carefully and make it classic, versatile, and so it fits on any table. Don't go too cheap. It will cost you more in the end because you’ll just have to replace it in two years.
MSW: How do you feel about brides creating registries online?
EY: Go to the store first, then go online and add it to your registry. You need to feel the weight and just hold it in your hand. Go to the store, connect to the piece, see how it feels, and play with it. See which one speaks to you.
MSW: Any tips for wedding guests who are trying to figure out what to give a couple from their registry?
EY: It always feels a little more personal if you choose a gift that you like from their registry. You can never go wrong with picture frames, and gold or platinum are especially nice. Make it fun! You want them to put a special picture inside.
MSW: Since a lot of young couples don't have money to complete their registry themselves, how can they get the remaining pieces they asked for?
EY: Instead of gifts for holidays, ask your relatives to complete the registry. Keep collecting over the years until you've completed the list.