If you’ve been putting a lot of thought into what to get for a soon-to-be married couple, apparently you might not want to waste the time. Earlier this week, One4all, a British gift card company, conducted a survey that revealed a whopping 82 percent of newlyweds end up selling their gifts online.
According UK’s Daily Mail, the survey also found that more than one in ten wedding guests said they were often embarrassed by their gifts and one in five expect that their selected gifts will be left unused, returned, or sold.
For a newly engaged couple, setting up a wedding registry for table settings may seem like a daunting experience. There’s the patterns, the styles, the number, the pieces—the list goes on and on. This is where John Flynn, director of stewarding at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, comes in. Flynn, dubbed the “china specialist” by the Four Seasons, holds a complimentary consultation with every couple planning a wedding at the hotel in order to help them register for china, silver, crystal, and glassware pieces.
“Whether it’s ornate and vibrant or simple and understated, our priority is helping busy couples find a pattern for life,” says Flynn. We caught up with the hotel’s resident china whisperer, who shares his top tips for bridal registries, the season’s hottest china patterns, and the best ways to care for your tableware in the years to come.
Later this summer decorator, author and bon vivant Jonathan Adler will open one of his divinely delightful shops here in Washington--finally! Located in the former Gap Kids store on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, Adler's new digs will carry furniture, home accessories, bedding, and the kind of kitschy-chic products for which he's become known the world over. His spin on mod classics should be in every household, which is why we think registering at Jonathan Adler is a fabulous option; who wouldn't want an orange lacquer side table or Mr. & Mrs. salt and pepper shakers? We had a chance to chat with Adler, who is in the midst of putting the finishing touches on plans for his store, about Washington, surviving as a new couple, and how he missed the wedding gift boat.
First of all, we're thrilled you're coming to DC. Welcome! Can you tell us what made you want to open here?
Washington is groovy. I've always loved Georgetown--the architecture, the vibe, all the glamorous politicos, students, and creative types. I've been looking for the perfect spot in Georgetown for years, and I finally found it.