That is why when I saw pics like these I decided to start collecting pretty vintage china for our wedding ... secret ...I wasn't even engaged yet!
And here is what I've collected so far from various op shops, garage sales and church stalls. I've also been very grateful to have relatives on the look out at places like Stanthorpe and the Sunshine Coast to find more gorgeous pieces. The bulk of the pieces are Meakin because they are my favourite but I have items from Samspon, Bridgwood & Son, Tams England, Regency British Anchor, Swinnertons and Johnson of Australia.
I've realised that I'm probably being a little picky in only selecting floral English (and some Australian) china as I've maybe only got about 30% of the pieces I need for our 100+ guest wedding. I've actually picked up some not-so-pretty plates and bowls so I'll probably need to have a mix of pretty and retro. They look more like this photo found at Martha Stewart Weddings. She makes everything look good. I might showcase them tomorrow and let me know if you think they'll compliment each other.
I've been very strict with my purchasing ... my max price per piece is $2 but I've been lucky so far to pick up bundles at garage sales for knockout prices. I think I've half convinced the boy to take a coastal road trip between Easter Monday and Labour Day to visit some of the small town op shops to see what else I, sorry WE can find. Ooooh, as big Ken used to say - I'M EXCITED!