Set the Foundation for Your Home Life
L’Amour et Savoir Vivre means “Love and the art of living well,” and is the heart and soul behind our creating Juliska. After all, it was our passion for creating unforgettable memories at home that inspired us as newlyweds twenty years ago. From dinnerware sets to sparkling glassware and all of the accent pieces in between, your wedding registry is the first step in making lifestyle choices about the things that matter to you. With decades of insight under our belts, we are here to help you build a fabulous foundation for your future with intention, and answer the questions of - what do I need and where do I begin?
Think of yourself as an Architect of Togetherness. You’re not just setting the table, you’re setting the scene for future memories.
A wedding registry really isn’t about picking “stuff,” it’s about thoughtfully curating items that fit in with the rituals, holidays, and special occasions that are important to you and your partner for your future life together. When picking out plates and glassware, think about the specific occasions that you will actually host at home. Does that mean Thanksgiving for the entire family? Cocktail parties? Do you prefer serving buffet style or to plate meals in the kitchen and bring them out to serve? It is a great exercise to walk yourself through realistically how you’ll be entertaining throughout the year. For example, if you both work full time jobs, you probably won’t have time for elaborate table settings, you will need quick and easy solutions which means serving buffet-style - best for a crowd and with minimal fuss and preparation.
The next step is to think about your everyday lifestyle. What is your reality? If you love to bake and find it therapeutic, include a lot of bakeware on your list. If you love to have a glass of wine at the end of the day, be sure to choose a special glass that is worthy of this ritual. BTW - our artisanal bohemian glassware is perfect for that! If birthdays are special, be sure you pick out a gorgeous cake dome and stand to commemorate the day. Visualize, craft with intention, and invest in the experiences that matter. When you surround yourself with beautiful things, you will always be happy interacting with them on a daily basis. We passionately believe that the pieces you thoughtfully select elevate your everyday and become the fuel for a beautiful blaze of togetherness. For example, a champagne flute is not just a drinking vessel, it’s the legendary toast you’ll give that people will laugh about and remember for years.
What’s on a table has a curious effect on what happens around it. No one lingers wistfully over a paper plate.
How to get started:
1. Start by selecting your dream dinnerware.
Invest in a foundational pattern that you will never tire of. You will use it every day of your life, so you should love it! For many people, this means a white placesetting, but for others it can be mostly white with some accents, or even colorful and decorated.
2. Second, select your drinkware.
Whether stemmed or stemless, you want your wine and water glasses to complement and harmonize with your dinnerware because your placesettings are the most vital pieces on the table, with the most visual impact.
3. Third, select your flatware.
Many people choose one stainless steel collection to use all of the time, from everyday casual to formal occasions. Others combine two options - a stainless steel collection for everyday use and a more formal collection (think gold accents, Sterling silver) for special occasions.
4. Now the fun part - add accents!
After you have established your foundational elements, you can choose a fun accent plate to bring a little flair to your table. It’s a good idea to pick something seasonless, so it looks great year round. Is there any particular occasion or holiday that you especially love? When creating a tablesetting, be sure to balance color, texture, and pattern. So regardless of your aesthetic, it is good to consider the scale of your plates and color scheme to ensure everything is coordinating. It doesn’t have to match, it just needs to coordinate a little bit.
As you go through the process, we’ve found it’s helpful to ask these guiding questions in making the decisions you’ll be happy with for many years to come: