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Styling Your Wedding Presents at Home; Formal China with Luxury Wedding Planner Chenai Bukutu

Join us as Luxury Wedding Planner, Chenai Bukutu, creates and styles a formal tablescape that you can easily recreate at home using your wedding presents and formal china. An elegant but practical dinner table, Chenai mixes fine china, super soft linen, cut crystal glassware, silver, brass and simple bud vases to create a look that is super special and smart but achievable!

The first key element to this look is formal china. You know, the super special fine bone china that you pull out for the most special of occasions. Historically, it was a given that couples building a traditional wedding list would add a set of formal and informal china to their wedding lists to cater for every occasion. Nowadays, we are seeing a slight shift towards just the informal china set, something that can bridge the gap between the every day and the super special. It's a more practical solution where space isn't a luxury, however do not under estimate how wonderful a set of formal china is on your wedding list. This may be the only time you consider something of this calibre - it's not the kind of thing you would go and buy on a whim. It's something that, if you choose well, will last you a lifetime and will forever be an incredibly special reminder of this momentous time in your life. 

For this tablescape, Chenai chose fine bone china from British brand The Present Company. Featuring beautiful palm tree and monkey motifs, these dinner and starter plates are full of character but still blend in perfectly with almost any colour scheme. Chenai has cleverly teamed the china with a pale linen tablecloth by Himla which instantly makes the look more relaxed, inviting and modern. 

Chenai elevates the table by adding a mixture of textures from cut glass, ivory cutlery, ceramics, silver and brass. The garlic bud vases create a statement but don't detract from the look, allowing for the simplest of buds to create an impact. Table acessories are central to this look, including the silver elephant wine coaster, smart salt and pepper pinch pots and water jugs adding interest and also practicality.

This video was filmed by the wonderful Rachel Smuin of Rachel Takes Pictures, a luxury wedding photographer and videographer.

Get the Look

Dinner Plate, Palm Tree & Monkey, 27cm
Present Company
£54.00
Dessert Knife, Helios, Ivory, French Blade
Capdeco
£13.25
Starter Plate, Palm Tree & Monkey, 20cm
Present Company
£42.00
Candlestick - small, H9 x D3.5cm, Jahi, brushed gold brass
Nkuku
£19.00
Pair of large tumblers, 33cl, Edinburgh
Royal Scot Crystal
£55.00
Wonki Salt Dish, 7cm
Wonki Ware
£8.00
Set of 4 fringed napkins, 43.2 x 43.2cm, Lithuanian, Natural Linen
Canvas Home
£47.50
Jug, 1.25 litre, London
Royal Scot Crystal
£125.00
Wonki Pepper Dish, 7cm
Wonki Ware
£8.00
Decanting Carafe, Shining Star, Clear Crystal, 1L
Gurasu Crystal
£140.00
Rosewood & Sterling Silver Pepper Mill, 4"
Classic Silverware
£142.00
Tumbler, Shining Star, Clear Crystal, Set of 2
Gurasu Crystal
£60.00
Coaster, D14 x H7cm, The Highland Safari Collection, African big 5
Hayward & Stott Silversmiths
£190.50
Set of 6 placecard holders, Elephant, silver plate
Ercuis
£119.00
Candlestick, Sterling Silver, 6cm
Broadway
£122.00
Salad Fork, Basic, Ivory, 19cm
Sabre
£11.00
Salad bowl, 28cm, Plume, white pearl
Jars Pottery
£64.00
Butter Spreader, Basic, Ivory, 14cm
Sabre
£14.00

In the next couple of weeks we will be showcasing more tablescapes styled by Chenai that you can recreate at home. Stay tuned!