How to find vintage china for your wedding – The Pavilion at Lane End

Hi lovely blog readers! In my daily duties as a wedding coordinator I see so many fabulous collections of vintage china which brides and grooms and their families have spent months delving through antique shops to discover. It is one of my favourite looks and with the vintage wedding trend still going strong, I have no doubt that vintage china will be a must-have item for many of you getting married in 2015 and 2015.

~ By Carolyn from The Pavilion at Lane End

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Mismatched vintage china provides a strong, interesting look and I love how it adds real character to all the vintage wedding receptions I’ve seen over the last year or so.

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I know some of you may prefer the hands-on approach, hunting for china in charity shops and on e-bay. That is fair enough, but just in case you need a little help, we have joined forces with Sian at Blue Sky Vintage Hire to help you achieve that well-coordinated yet mismatched look that is synonymous with vintage weddings.

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Sian has done all the trailing through shops and e-bay. In fact, she is on speed dial for many of the major resellers, giving her first option before they offer reclaimed china to the general public.

Sian recently told me how she loves going out and spending time searching through quaint little antique shops for unique pieces of china to add to her already extensive collection.

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I personally love Sian’s extensive range of china with many different designs, patterns and colour schemes. You can hire anything from a few pieces for an afternoon tea to a full dinner or lunch set.

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I know there will be a few DIY brides – you know who you are – that will want to do the hunting and finding. For you I have three top tips when searching for vintage china.

  • Ask friends and family to donate or loan individual pieces of china. This could add a really nice touch, using pieces of china that’s been in the family for generations.
  • Go on a china-hunting-road-trip. The Jurassic coast in Dorset, specifically Lyme Regis, offers many antique shops with beautiful pieces of china at very reasonable prices.
  • Do your homework and research the types of china and the identifying marks to ensure you buy authentic pieces.

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Whatever you decide, whether you want to go down the DIY route or solicit our help in providing your vintage china, I wish you a very happy wedding filled with beautiful pieces of mismatched china!

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Carolyn Worrall, Wedding Coordinator, The Pavilion at Lane End

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Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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