Wedding China, circa 1979

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I posted about my wedding china a couple of years ago, also in answer to a Cuisine Kathleen Challenge. When I read today’s challenge, do a tablescape with wedding china, I really felt like I could not improve on this old post. Therefore, I am “reblogging” the original post, adding a few more up-to-date comments and deleting some old content from the original. So sit back, listen to the Bee Gees, and enjoy this post!

Back in my day, young ladies who were engaged still picked out china, silver, and crystal. We didn’t pick out pottery, Christmas dishes, and the types of things that a lot of girls pick out today. It was proper to have two sets of everything, and I wanted to do it all! {Although this was before my “dishaholic” disease had kicked into full gear, apparently the symptoms started in the seventies!} It was proper to have two sets of china: casual, which we called our “everyday dishes”, and formal, which we called our “good dishes.” It was also proper to pick out casual stemware, “everyday glasses,” and formal stemware, “good crystal.” When I married, the trend of picking out silverware was just beginning to wane a bit. Some of my peers picked out silver and some did not. I did.

As I began making my wedding preparations, I gleefully thought over the many china patterns I had been looking over (like I said, the symptoms were kicking in). For my everyday dishes, I chose a pattern in Temperware by Lenox called Fancy Free. Temperware was a heavy-duty almost stoneware type of dish that was freezer, oven, microwave safe (microwaves had not been around very long). It came in a variety of patterns and was virtually indestructible.

A while back I watched Jaws for the umpteenth time (favorite seventies movies will have to wait for another post), and Chief Brody was drinking out of a Lenox Temperware coffee cup! I paused the movie; it was not my pattern.

Calling these my “everyday dishes” was very true; I have used them every single day for over 30 years and have not gotten tired of them. I received an eight-place setting and a few other pieces when I married; I have added to them from eBay over the years.  I am not showing my “everyday glasses” here because I no longer have them. I sold them several years ago and really do not miss them. They were a dark green color that really did not go with anything, and I had never been truly happy with them. So I used my blue Dollar Tree goblets; I thought they blended well with the blue trim on the plate. The placemats and napkins are recent purchases for tablescaping, but the napkin rings are wedding gifts from 1979!

My everyday flatware is Chateau by Oneida, and I still use it every single day.

Now to my good china. It is called Reverie by Noritake. I fell in love with it, and I still love it. I don’t use it a whole lot, but I do use it. I received an eight-place setting of it as well when I married with a few of the extra pieces. I have added to the set from eBay over the years.  Here is a close-up of the dinner plate. I just love the delicate colors in it!

 Then I added the salad and bread and butter plates.  I love the look and will never get tired of it!

Now I come to the “good crystal.” My mother suggested that I choose her pattern, Romance by Fostoria, for my good crystal. She said that I had always loved it and that I could have hers someday to add to whatever I got. I readily agreed. I did not expect to get much, but in the end I did not get any of it. That really did not matter to me since I knew that I would someday have hers. As you can tell from the table, someday is here! Mama and Daddy downsized a few years ago, and she told me to take it. She did not have to twist my arm! I have three different sizes of it, the water goblet, iced tea, and low sherbet.

If you look on eBay or Replacements, you will see that it was made in lots of different sizes as well as plates, candlesticks, and so forth. I decided to use all three sizes in today’s place setting since my plan was to showcase my wedding dishes.

Next is the silver. I did choose some silver, but did not receive any of it. A few years ago, my daddy inherited some things from relatives in Texas, and Mama gave me Aunt Nannie’s silver chest. It was full of lots of silver plate in the Grosvenor pattern, and I just love it.

Once again, back in my day, it was common for brides to get silver and crystal for wedding gifts. I received several silver trays and a few other silver pieces. This compote is one of those wedding gifts.

I had the idea to use one of the silver trays for the centerpiece base. I decided on this one because it is footed and raises the candle holder a little bit. I don’t know if you can see the engraving, but it says:

David and Beverly

August 11, 1979

The crystal candlesticks were also wedding gifts. The hurricane and pink napkins were recent purchases for my new tablescaping hobby. I sprinkled some decorative stones around the candleholders, tray, and compote for added sparkle.

Thanks for letting me go down memory lane once again as I enjoyed going through and displaying my wedding gifts from “back in the day.”

Did you pick out wedding dishes? Leave me a comment and tell me if you still have/use them! If you do, I would love to know the company and pattern name. I am a dishaholic, after all!

P.S. I tried very hard to find a good photo of the Brody’s Temperware, but the one below is the best one that I could get. I think it may be Fire Flower. We have all of the pieces pictured here in the Fancy Free. We use the cereal bowls almost every day and the plates, of course. We seldom use the coffee cups, creamer, or sugar bowl. Chief Brody is also shown drinking out of the same Temperware in Jaws 2.


I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 



About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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35 Responses to Wedding China, circa 1979

  1. Rosie M. says:

    I love both your sets of dishes, Bev. The Fostoria stemware is to die for. I’ll be joining Kathleen’s challenge today and you can see my wedding china: It is Mikasa and the pattern is Ceremony (which, unfortunately has been discontinued). Wasn’t it fun to go back and think about the “ole’ times?” Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  2. Bev, I am having so much fun seeing these posts on Kathleen’s link party, even though I was too late to create one with my china from my1st wedding. I chose only casual china then (1977), and it was Lenox Temperware “Merriment”. The other common thread I have with you and this post is that I purchased an entire set of Noritake’s “Reverie” a few years ago, and I love it as you do (I recently did a spring tablescape with it). Yes, I am a dishaholic, but totally unrelated to blogging and tablescaping. I like to point the finger to my husband for my fetish – he gifted me with some china for one of our first Christmases. I come from a big family (both sides), and have fun using my china through the seasons. 😉
    Rita C at Panoply

  3. Nellie says:

    Absolutely love your reverie china, it is gorgeous and sure looks like something I could have
    chosen for myself. Very pretty indeed and it makes a lovely table that is for sure.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Blessings, Nellie

  4. Linderhof says:

    Very pretty china! It does set a pretty table!

  5. lulu says:

    We never picked wedding dishes but I still have the ones I had bought before marrying. I love how we think of some things as “good”.

  6. Mona says:

    I love your stories…yes, I picked both everyday and fine china, crystal, and silver….come by and see my patterns…I enjoyed your post..
    Love, Mona

  7. Bev, love the china, so delicate and pretty! That compote is SPECTACULAR! Love this post, love the BeeGees. Love Andy Gibb’s voice! We didn’t pick any china, but we did receive some from my husband’s late mother. It is Noritake Sorrento. You can see it at Cuisine Kathleen’s linkup. Thanks for sharing! ❤

  8. Hi Bev, I did chose china, but neither silver not crystal–those I purchased later. We were in grad school so my everyday dishes were hand me downs but I still have and use my good china, Minton Beaumaris, which is discontinued. I was married in 1980. Girls do still choose china, as my daughter and many of her friends are doing now. Some things never change! Linda

  9. Grandmom says:

    Very pretty table setting filled with memories. Married in 1971, we selected “good” wedding china (Noritake Princeton service for 8) & purchased Corell “every day” – which has been long gone. Coincidental that I just saw your post because for Spring/Easter, I set our dining room table with our wedding china; something I hadn’t done in quite awhile. We have service for 8 – dinner, salad, bread plates; small lipped bowls; only missing the fruit bowls (I have only one). My parents gifted us stemware years later (from a local estate sale) which included water, iced tea, & compote crystal glasses (wish I knew the pattern – have never seen it anywhere). My parents also gifted us a full set of silverware (Wallace RosePoint), beautiful but we rarely use it. About ten years ago, we got into pottery and bought dinner plates, salad plates, & bowls at craft shows & while traveling. We enjoyed that uniqueness but then I decided to start a Blue Willow collection (which hasn’t gone very far yet). Luckily, our son & his wife asked for the set of pottery dinnerware which became their “every day.” Thank you for also taking me down memory lane all the way back to 1971.

  10. Debbie says:

    I chose “every day” and formal china too. I still use both of them. I am absolutely in LOVE with your formal pattern. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that one. It’s so happy and springy looking.

    The fostoria is beautiful too. So delicate and perfect with those dishes.

  11. I love your Fostoria — I am a total nut over crystal. The china is so pretty, too — very delicate and feminine. I am too fickle to stick to one or two sets, I am afraid.

  12. It is so much fun to see everyone’s wedding china Bev. I was such a rebel, would not choose Lenox because it was too expected so I chose [rather my mom suggested] Moon Glow by Franciscan~ I still love it and use it after 42 years~ I’d say that was a good choice! I love your bright and happy wedding
    china, and seeing all your things~

  13. My question is : Do the china patterns last as long today as they did in the 70’s? I know brides today don’t seem to register sterling patterns and formal china or crystal. They do select more expensive pottery maybe french and possibly glassware and quality stainless.
    I, like you, as a seventies bride did select formal china, crystal and silver and everyday dishes, stainless and glassware. I am thankful and have used all of the above many years.
    Kathleen has caused us all to go down memory lane. We are all blessed and it is fun to reminisce and appreciate what patterns were popular the year you married.

  14. I can’t help but think how Roy Scheider in the first “Jaws” pic looks a lot like I think the actor Kevin James (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, “King of Queens”, “Hitch”, “Here Comes the Boom”) would look if he was skinny. Weird. Anyway…..thanks for the Bee Gees photo. I always love a little peek at Robin, Barry, and Maurice’s chest hair!!!

    OK…on to china and crystal!!! I think it’s wonderful that you are able to enjoy your Mom’s crystal while she is still living. I think it gives Moms great pleasure to see their daughters as the stewards of what once meant so much to them. I also think it’s cool that you are still enjoying your “everyday” dishes after 30 years of service!!! That’s amazing! I remember my first set of everyday dishes had geese. Geese! What was I thinking????? I ditched that mess not long after I ditched the mess I married to get them! 🙂

    Your walk down memory lane has been fun! Thanks a lot for sharing so much with us all. It really gives us another perspective of the person behind the blog. Have a great weekend!

    • Bev says:

      You always leave the best comments! I really appreciate it and love reading them. Glad you liked the Bee Gee pics…so sad that there is only one Bee Gee left….no one could harmonize like those guys could. Thanks again for your comment.

  15. hollybertone says:

    Hi Bev – Thank you for sharing! My favorite is the china, probably because I have a very similar pattern vintage china. I love the delicate flowers. Hugs, Holly

  16. Kitty says:

    You’re so lucky that you kept both your everyday and good china set, Bev, and that you still use them. How wonderful that you have and enjoy your Mom’s crystal. I enjoyed reading your memories. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Tricia says:

    I am impressed that you’ve used your everyday dishes for so long! After our 25th anniversary, I chose another everyday pattern, and now (at 41 years) we’re on our third! Your fine china IS gorgeous! I can see why you still love it. I’m always drawn to colorful patterns. I enjoyed your story!

  18. Debbie says:

    Thanks so much for visiting Slice of Pie and leaving a nice note. I love both patterns of your wedding china. Your post was wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. Hi Bev, Your Noritake china, crystal, and silver are really lovely! I especially like the Fostoria “Romance” crystal; it’s just gorgeous, and Fostoria is so collectible. To answer your question, I did pick out “good china” but not everyday china when we got married. My everyday dishes that I use now, I began collecting in 1996 (we married in 1987). I plan to do a tablescape with them eventually; I love them and use them everyday. We picked out the crystal you see in my current post and we picked out Oneida Community stainless instead of silver. It’s very pretty, and I do use it sometimes, but I was thrilled to receive the sterling from my mother-in-law. I wasn’t a dishaholic when we married, but I definitely am now. 🙂

    Thanks for your visit and comments — hope you have a great day!


  20. LaVoice says:

    Great choices and you are using them well.

  21. I love this post about the history of your china. I am a bit of a china hoarder, so I can identify with loving the dishes you use. Can you believe that my good china was given to me by a neighbor who was getting rid of it? Setting for 12, plus serving dishes-all by Noritake. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  22. I truly adore your Reverie and your Romance. So beautiful. Mama might have picked out the Reverie, if it had been an option when she married. She didn’t have wedding china at the time, but daddy saw to it that in later years, she was able to choose lovely Royal Doulton Harlow. I have it now. My wedding china was Oxford Bone China “Filagree.” I still enjoy using it, and I still love my crystal and silverware. But you know me…I’m over the edge when it comes to china and all the goodies that go with it. I love that your mama gave your the Romance. My mama’s philosophy was, “Do you given’, while you’re living; so you’ll be a’knowin where it’s goin’.” Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  23. “Do your givin’, while you’re livin’, so you’ll be a knowin’ where it’s goin’.” I realized too late that my computer had self corrected the spelling. Oh brother! Cherry Kay

  24. Susan says:

    Yes, I did indeed select china and crystal and silver. I have never regretted that decision. I think it’s a mistake for young brides today not to register for the big three. I hate to be invited to a wedding and the registry is all about camping equipment. When you set a table for family and friends you are creating memories. And as we get older it is those memories that we treasure more than anything.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  25. Sarah says:

    Bev, yes, we picked out a china pattern and still use it frequently. We selected it together, and both of us still like it. It was a good choice for us and one that we’ve be able to add accent pieces to. Stop by to see my post.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful china patterns and the stories. I think your wedding china is lovely.

  26. Katherine says:

    I enjoyed seeing your wedding china. I’m in love with the Reverie, the delicate pattern is so sweet! I also love the lacey look crystal!

    I scrolled down and saw your Thomas Kinkade china, I also have it and have done a few tablescapes with it.


  27. Candy S says:

    I do love the Reverie pattern a lot. It looks beautiful with your mothers crystal. I wish now that I had picked wedding china. How wonderful to have those memories.

  28. RobinfromCA says:

    I love your shares – most especially that gorgeous Fostoria crystal. One of my favorites as well! I married in January of 1980 so I chose all of my in the late 70s as well. My “everyday” dishes were not a wise choice. I can’t even remember the maker but they were these very, very heavy stoneware plates. I only kept them for about 10 years but used my everyday plates from college the most instead. Finally got rid of them. My formal china, however, is another story. I registered for Lenox in the Solitaire pattern. Very plain, in that lovely, creamy Lenox white with a platinum band around it. I still have it, still love it, and still use it. Because it’s so simple I can buy just salad plates and butter dishes in other patterns and they go along perfectly. I registered for very expensive crystal – Waterford – and didn’t get any of it so I’ve purchased as the years have gone by. I also registered for silver flatware but didn’t get any of that. I know I will have my mother’s eventually so that’s fine. I did, however, get several silver platters, pie holders, chafing dishes, serving dishes, nut dishes, candle holders…you name it. I’ve bought very few silver pieces over the years because I was fortunate enough to get so much when I married.

  29. Marigene says:

    Bev, that is really lovely china and crystal. I wasn’t interested in china/crystal/silver when I first married 50 years ago…that sure changed through the years…I would say I more than made up for it! My “formal” set is Noritake Luray.
    Have a wonderful week.

  30. Kathleen says:

    I love the Reverie, so pretty! Thanks for taking the challenge at Let’s Dish!

  31. Jann Olson says:

    Beautiful design and I so enjoyed your story! Glad that I have learned to love china. lol! Oh, and I love ‘Jaws’ also!

  32. Pat says:

    I love your china! I chose Reverie for my everyday pattern back in 1981 and I loved it and used it every day for many years. I did retire it a few years ago as most of my pieces were either chipped or broken from so much use and I wasn’t ready to pay so much to replace it. I don’t understand brides these days not choosing any dinnerware! Surely they are not planning to eat from paper plates for the rest of their lives!

  33. katelaineransom says:

    Fascinating story – great catch with the cup! I didn’t have wedding china – but should look into if for my daughters! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  34. Sherry says:

    I am glad I am not the only one watching the dishes on a table in movies. Thanks for linking up Bev! Great table!

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