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Ask the experts: Collecting a dinner service

PUBLISHED: 10:24 21 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:24 21 June 2016

Is a dinner set, like this from Bakers & Larners of Holt, on your wedding gift list?

Is a dinner set, like this from Bakers & Larners of Holt, on your wedding gift list?


When it comes to a dinner set should you coordinate or clash? Our experts have the answers

Q: We’re getting married next year and are wondering if we should use our wedding gift list as an opportunity to start collecting a dinner service. How do we choose one that won’t be discontinued in the future?

A: When it comes to dinner services, a lot of people will ask about discontinuation. But there’s no need to panic, as many companies will give stores a two-year warning and a one-year warning in advance of this. If this is the case, most stores will put up a notice to forewarn customers.

While many will collect white crockery, the current trend seems to be one of collecting “homely” items. It’s not unusual to collect in white and contrast it with different colours, different designs. Those collecting a dinner service tend to worry more about matching cutlery than they do matching plates. Couples now tend to pick off the shelf, rather than select complete boxed sets. Maxwell & Williams, Spode, Denby and Cornishware are the popular producers when it comes to dinner services we’re finding, and we’re ordering more and more Emma Bridgewater.

For those who may wish to have a dinner service as part of their wedding gift list, stores may offer a personal service whereby they open after closing hours, giving the couple the chance to browse collections at their leisure. The most important thing for any wedding gift list, especially when it comes to dinner service collections, is to feel relaxed and informed about your decision.

Maureen Hooker, retail sales manager, Bakers and Larners of Holt, Market Place and High Street, Holt; 01263 712244;

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