Ask Maggie: Vintage China


RWC Reader: I am planning a vintage style rustic wedding and I have fallen in love with the weddings that I have seen that use different vintage china. Can you help me figure out the best way to go about getting dishes like this for my wedding?

Vintage China for Wedding

First off, I too am in love with the weddings that feature different types of vintage china for place-settings but understand it is not an easy task to take on. There are several ways to go about collecting vintage china for your wedding and one way is as easy as placing a phone call. Below are a few of my tips for finding and adding vintage china to your wedding day decor.


1. Start At Home – See what you have in your attic, basement and china cabinet. Many patterns now have a vintage look to them but are not exactly vintage. You might have something hiding someplace that could get you closer to your wedding day look.


2. Ask Family & Friends – send out the word to your family and friends that you are looking for vintage china for your wedding. You will be amazed at what your might be able to come up. You might be lucky enough to be able to cobble together enough for cocktail hour or even for the entire dinner. If you go this route I urge you take a picture of each of the china sets and label each one with how many pieces you got and who they came from, this will make it easier when you have to returen all of the plates.

3. Shop Local – Starting with your local fea markets, tag sales, Good Will, thrift and consignment shops you should be able to find a large quantity of china sets that when all mixed and matched together make a great look. Most of these “shops” should not cost you much but I suggest starting early in the wedding process as it could take months to find enough plates, cups and settings for all your guests.


4. Shop Online – There is nothing wrong with finding china on sites like ebay and esty or turning to larger online stores like Ikea & World Market. Not all of these places sell vintage but many times you might be able to find the vintage look at a great price.


5. The Rental Option – If you are anything like me than and you like to be able to check things off your “To Do” list than I suggest calling a rental company and getting a quote to rent china for your wedding. There are rental companies popping up all over the country that specialize in vintage china and place-settings and can not only rent you the china but also help you mix and match pieces so that your table looks 100% amazing. I suggest checking out my friends at Something Borrowed in Connecticut and Vintage Table Co. in Los Angles.


All photos and place settings are courtesy of Something Borrowed

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    May 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I am doing a very vintage/shabby chic, yet still black tie, wedding and I am using mismatched china as well. I have done very good at the Goodwill and local thrift shops, I have also hit up auctions. To be successful at the second hand stores, you need check their shelves regularly. I go about once a week because the Goodwill near me has awesome turn over. I have looking for about 2 months and have almost all of the place settings that I need, but I am having a smaller wedding (about 75 people) and I got most of the plates for under a $1, but some were $1.50. Cups run about 50 cents and I am supplying my own matching glasses from the Dollar Tree for wine and water and using mason jars for beer and tea.

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      October 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm


      Do you happen to still have the vintage plates that you would want to sell?!


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    Tea Crockery
    April 29, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Hi, we rent vintage china rentals in Scottsdale/Phoenix and surrounding areas! Feel free to contact if you or someone you know is looking. We love collecting vintage plates and with tea-themed weddings and events getting so common, teacups are a great hit! We have almost 300 teacups!!

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    February 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Dear RWC Reader,

    I have a new company based in Birmingham, AL. We rent vintage and vintage-style china for events. We own French and English patterns. Our goal is to not mix and match as much as to follow your theme for the party and a use pattern for each table. Please let me know if we can help you in any way.

    Best to you,

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      May 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Alice, what is your company? My sister might be getting married in Birmingham and looking for vintage china rental

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        September 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

        Hi, Blair. Just wanted to chime in. I’m not sure if your sister is married, but I rent vintage china, as well, in the Birmingham, AL area. You can check out my website at

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    February 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Dear RWC Reader,
    I am located in upstate New York and rent and deliver Vintage China all over.
    Feel free to contact me and check out my sight

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    Vintage China Hire
    February 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    My company, Vintage China Hire, provides vintage china rentals within the Greater Toronto Area. Please feel free to get in contact if you have any questions, I would love to help you out.

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    Fiona Rodgers
    July 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Dear RWC reader,
    I’m based in England, so no good for you I’m afraid, but I hire out vintage china, crockery, tableware and props for events such as weddings. I have a section on my website, “why choose vintage?” and another entitled “why hire?” which put forward the case for not buying things for your wedding decor – you might want to take a look before you embark on a buying spree! I think the reasons are all valid, but obviously, it’s whatever you decide to do at the end of the day.
    I hope you have a wonderful wedding day to remember, and whatever you choose to do will be the right thing for you. Good quality vintage china looks amazing and adds such charm to any event – I’m sure you will be delighted! Fiona Rodgers. (

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