Formal Stemware

When registering for formal stemware and crystal, it's important to make sure you have enough for all your guests to enjoy. You'll want 12 to 14 water goblets, 12 to 14 red and white wine glasses, 12 to 14 champagne flutes, 6 to 8 highball glasses and 6 to 8 double old-fashioned glasses. It is not uncommon to enjoy champagne with your meal and with the toast, so consider registering for one for each guest, just as you would your wine glasses.

You may feel daunted by selecting crystal if you aren't sure what to look for, but don't worry. Recognizing quality crystal isn't hard. Good crystal is clear, brilliant, and flawless. There will be no chunks, swirls or seams. Tap crystal lightly and its purity rings out with bell-like clarity.

Set your table with confidence and individuality. Allowing your table to express your own personal style is key, and your formal stemware will help you achieve this goal. Don't be afraid to mix, match and have fun with your crystal. Try teaming ornately cut stemware with the smooth clean lines of something contemporary and add a colored stem to round out the exciting trio.

Mixing cut and uncut stemware is only one way you can mix up your style. Experiment with using a "European" short stem for your water glass, or a highball glass sitting happily with your stems. Have fun with your table and wow your friends and family.

  • Uncut crystal is just that: smooth glass with no decoration. If you're a wine enthusiast you may want to select this simply elegant style for your reds and whites.
  • Cut crystal features a pattern cut into the crystal that can range from relatively simple to extremely ornate. Your preference depends on your taste.
  • Banded crystal has a gold or platinum rim. This crystal needs a bit of extra care, so read on for cleaning tips.

One important fact to remember when you are selecting your crystal is that it is an artisanal product. Each glass, goblet, or flute was lovingly made by hand by a highly trained craftsman. Each piece may be slightly different from its neighbor in height or bowl size and reflects the hand of its maker. (Tiny bubbles are the breath of the artist!) Cherish these subtle differences; they make your crystal a unique work of art. Think of these differences as beauty marks, not blemishes!

Keeping your crystal in good condition takes some care, but isn't hard. If you've selected a tall stem, hand washing would be best. Use moderately hot water, mild detergent and a rubber mat to line your sink. There are some new dishwashers that accommodate stemware, but be sure to always give your crystal generous space. Also, always remember to store your stemware on its base, never on the rim. This would cause the rim to chip.

Let your Michael C. Fina bridal registry consultant show you the many ways to have fun with your stemware and barware and help make your table uniquely yours with quality crystal and glassware!