The other day, I was noticing some of the unfortunate chips in some of my almost-two-decades-old china. I started thinking about wedding china memories from my childhood. Yes, I have a few …
When I was growing up, I remember that jewelry stores downtown sold china. When a young lady got engaged, she chose her china, and then the jewelry store put a place setting of her china in the front window, along with her name, wedding date, and photo (kind of like this). It was fun to look at the various choices, and think, “Wow, that one is really pretty,” or “Well, I wouldn’t want that one …” Another difference is that the engagement photo was almost always just the bride. No Pinterest-inspired couples photos in the 1970s!
Do stores do that anymore? Maybe in small towns. Maybe in the south. Overall, I doubt it.
I also remember working part-time in a Birmingham, Alabama department store during my 20s. I worked in the china department, and boy, was that an eye-opener. Brides usually registered for not one, not two, but three sets of china: everyday, formal, and Christmas. Then there was the everyday flatware, and the real silver as well. A single fork could cost $100, and this was 30 years ago. It amazed me. Then again — it was the south.
Any wedding china memories of yours? Do you still have yours? Does your town still put brides’ wedding china in the front window?