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After our afternoon at the Plaza, the group of us hopped on the subway in true New Yorker fashion to ride down to an event at the WaterfordWedgwoodRoyal Doulton Showroom! I was lucky enough to get to spend time with two of my favorite bloggers, Dana & Hunter- The Broke Ass Bride and Fresh Hubby themselves!

Wedgwood eventThis is what we call a Broke Ass Sandwich! As Hunter pointed out on twitter- it's a great value. πŸ™‚

Wedgwood eventWe spent a lovely evening exploring the showroom and learning all about Wedgwood and Waterford's history and products. We had the opportunity to meet Lord Wedgwood himself, as well as some other senior staff members. Jorge Perez, spokesperson for the company, gave us a tour of the showroom highlighting some of their new additions, as well as one particular display that I found most interesting- showing the unique ways you can use your fancy crystal when it's not a special occasion!

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Using a crystal pitcher for popcorn, using fabulous stemware to hold garnishes at a buffet or even to hold breadsticks, using a crystal bowl to serve M&Ms at a party, reusing your butter dish to house cheese and crackers- all great ideas to get the most out of these expensive pieces. I love when things can be reused or repurposed to fill a need.

I have to say, I did not register for china or fine stemware for our wedding. I thought I would never need it or want it, that it was impractical in lots of ways. But when Jorge told us stories of how treasured these pieces are and how they get passed down through generations it kind of pulled at my heartstrings a little, I can't lie! But the kicker for me was that alot of their lines of china are actually dishwasher safe so they are perfect for everyday use. Some are even microwave safe- as long as they don't have the gold or platinum bands. After thinking about it that day I have to say that might be my only wedding regret– I now wish I had registered for china!!

My personal fave, and I believe they said their best seller, is the Grosgrain pattern by Vera Wang. I love the classic simplicity of it- I know this pattern would never go out of style and it is just lovely to look at! So if you're on the fence about registering for china- DO IT – you won't regret it, but you might regret it if you don't!

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It was a wonderful evening and I'm so glad I got to attend!

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • What!? Dynamic triooo folks. Sounds like a great trip so far!

  • Michael Craig

    It was great meeting you…and we're so glad you enjoyed yourself. Although we love to talk about our wonderful Brands…even more we love to share how they can be used for today's lifestyle and in everyday uses as you mention.
    – Michael Craig
    Group Vice President – The Americas
    Waterford – Wedgwood – Royal Doulton

    • Thanks so much for the comment! And thanks so much again for having us!! It was a fabulous evening!

  • nastassia

    oo lovely pics – i have some waterford i bought at an auction for super cheap and it's great to see some ideas of what i can do with them apart from the ocassional fancy party (which is yet to happen!) also definitely think of my crystal as heirlooms..!

    • so true! the pieces last a lifetime and are definitely meant to be treasured! guess I can add items to my Christmas lists in the future. πŸ™‚

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  • Erin

    Hi Jessica,

    Your blog is on my google reader, and I've been keeping up with your posts for the last few months as I'm planning my own budget savvy wedding. Thanks for this post because I've been thinking I'm too practical for china, but you've convinced me I need to register for it anyway πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for commenting! Glad you love the blog!! I definitely think registering for china is a good thing now and totally wish I had!!

  • a Broke Ass Sandwich *giggle* …thanks for sharing!

  • This looks so fun, Jessica! Thanks so much for sharing! Love Wedgewood. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Jessica,
    Glad to know you had fun in my city nyc…. How did you like the train ride?

    • I actually lived in NYC for a summer in college while doing an internship. I LOVE the subway. I wish we had one in Nashville because I HATE driving!!! LOL πŸ™‚

  • Looks like you had a great time πŸ™‚ My fiance doesn't see the need for china but I told him that's my one "want" so we're going to register for it soon πŸ™‚

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