Registry style expert Jorge Perez


Courtesy of Waterford Wedgwood
Royal Doulton USA

As the national spokesperson for Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood China and Royal Doulton, Jorge Perez is known as an entertaining guru. He won us over when we met him back in April when he told us his mantra: "your table is your label."

Now he is sharing more tips with us on how to create your dream table without spending a dime (hint: scan away!), and tells us his secrets to registering successfully. —Cari Wolfert

What advice can you give to brides to help them choose china that they will like for the rest of their lives?

A plain white bone china pattern with minimal border decoration will give you a good base to start with. Then, you can work in various colors and patterns through accent salad plates, linens and chargers which will help you create a different look each time you set your table...

There's more!

As your decorating/entertaining style changes through the years, simply keep refreshing your table's look by incorporating new accent pieces.

What are some important registry products that are often overlooked by brides?

Your registry is the perfect time to collect all the serving pieces you will need in order to be able to entertain with style. I recommend platters, vegetable bowls, sugar and creamer sets and beverage pots. They can be pricey so take advantage of this opportunity to get them all now. Remember, your registry is not just about the table. Don't forget bed and bath items, house wares, luggage, barware, cookware and that all important stand mixer. Anything in that store can be yours so go ahead and register to your heart's content!

What are some new trends that you are seeing in tableware and entertaining?

Using products in unconventional ways. I like to wow my guests by serving soup in a cup and saucer or by using bread and butter plates to serve tapas. My pitchers are always out as vases with flowers and I'll serve popcorn in them at tailgating parties. Turnover any Waterford stem and you have an instant 3" pillar candleholder, or use your martini glasses for shrimp cocktail! Create your own trends!

What advice do you have for helping brides and grooms agree on what to choose for their registry?

Each of you should choose a category that you love and take over the registry scanner for that category. For example, if he loves the bar, let him register for all the barware. Your stemware and barware don't have to match since they are not at the table at the same time. If you're the chef of the household, then you should take over the registry scanner for all your cooking essentials. This way it minimizes the bickering and you each end up getting what you both want.

Some people choose not to register for china because they think they will never use it. Should china really only be saved for special occasions?

Absolutely register for fine china or porcelain and use it every day. Your fine china is so strong and durable it will last you a lifetime. It is an heirloom that you will pass down from generation to generation. It's also the "greenest" stuff there is since you'll only have to buy it once... and I promise everything will taste better on it!

BONUS: What is the most common question that brides ask you about registering and what is your answer?

How many items should I register for? Since there are so many gifting occasions prior to and around your wedding, register for twice as many gifts as invited guests and at varied price points. This will give your guests many options to choose from and the ability to stay within their comfort purchasing zone. Don't forget the $300+ gifts for your group friends that may pool their money.

Start browsing registry items in our gallery and use our Set Your Table tool tool to mix and match china to find the perfect setting for your personality.

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