A wedding registry offers every couple the opportunity to build a collection of gorgeous china and crystal. The pieces you choose will grace your table for years of meals, holidays and gatherings. Traditionally, the first step in creating your table decor is choosing dishes, then stemware and finally flatware. In combining these elements, try to balance the ornate with the simple: An embellished china pattern and cut crystal should be matched with a less-adorned flatware pattern so the look is rich but not overwhelming.

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