Wedgewood, Wang and Wedding Glassware

Iconic wedding dress designer Vera Wang is renowned for her individual, innovative and elegant style. Having established her name designing beautiful bridal gowns she moved into fragrance and jewelry lines, creating a brand that is coveted by style aficionados.

Vera Wang’s collaboration with esteemed tableware and glassware company Wedgwood dates back to 2002. Impressed with their fine craftsmanship and sophisticated style, Wang began designing contemporary pieces that are luxuriant and timeless. One result of the collaboration between these two celebrated names is fine and distinctive glassware that is iconic and cherished. Individual pieces can be acquired over time to build an enviable collection, with Vera Wang crystal glassware a perfect wedding gift to be treasured.

Vera Wang for Wedgwood Collection

For glassware gifts with a contemporary edge the Vera Wang for Wedgwood collection comprises a stunning selection of crystal classics including wine goblets and glasses, champagne saucers and flutes, iced beverage, highball, tumblers, old fashioned glasses and wine decanters. Tradition meets luxury in Vera Wang contemporary collections bearing wedding themed inspired names: collections such as orient, classic, fidelity, love noir, peplum, sequin, love bouquet and Duchesse resonate with both romance and high-end style. The Vera Wang Metropolitan and Bande stemware collections are the latest addition in the Wang-Wedgwood collaboration; sleek, simple and refreshingly modern.

Each collection calls out to be displayed in pride of place in the home. Individual pieces gifted for engagements, bridal showers and weddings can grow into full collections over time, as additional crystal pieces are gifted to mark anniversaries and other notable events. The timeless appeal of Vera Wang crystal ware adds finesse to any occasion, from intimate dinner parties and cocktail evenings, to lavish parties.

Vera Wang Bande Collection

Vera Wang Bande wine glasses.

The flawlessly modern profile of the Vera Wang Bande collection is simple yet inherently sophisticated. Each piece in the collection can be personalized to add a special touch, making a gift especially memorable. The Bande line includes toasting flutes, tumblers, and wine and beverage glasses. Additionally the collection includes a wine decanter, a spirit decanter, crystal vases and bowls.

Vera Wang Metropolitan Collection

Vera Wang Metropolitan Tumblers.

Elegant, sleek and cutting edge, the Vera Wang Metropolitan Collection comprises two-piece sets of goblets, flutes, wine glasses and tumblers. This distinctive line is designed to grace a contemporary styled home and has a timeless appeal. The thin stems are very in vogue, reflecting the current fashion ethos of glassware. As with the Bande collection, pieces from the Metropolitan collection can be personalized.

Vera Wang Toasting Flutes

Champagne flutes from Vera Wang Metropolitan collection.

The most popular wedding gift glassware is toasting flutes and Vera Wang designs are exquisite. Champagne tastes even better when sipped from a Vera Wang flute and there are many different styles to tempt the palette, ranging from the Infinity toasting flute and the Love toasting flute, to the Grosgrain and Sequin toasting flutes. Exquisite love knots decorate the base of the glass atop either gold or silver stems in the Vera Wang long stemmed Love Knot toasting flutes. In contrast the shorter stemmed Vera Wang Band toasting flutes are distinguished by indented lines at the base of the glass, elegantly reflecting light.

Coupes or Flutes for the Champagne Toast

There are so many fine details involved in bringing the picture perfect image of your wedding day to life. Whilst most of your attention may be focused on finding a wedding dress to fall in love with and beautiful dresses your bridesmaids can all agree on, there are many other creative elements that play their part in the visual presentation and feature at memorable moments.

The bridal bouquet is first introduced as the bride walks down the aisle and is showcased again in the bouquet toss. Champagne toasts to the bride and groom are made throughout the celebrations and again at the cake cutting. Not only do you need to decide on the particular champagne to serve but it is also important to consider the choice of coupes or flutes for toasting.

Champagne is lauded as the celebratory drink of choice for important occasions. This effervescent wine has such a prominent place in festivities it naturally has its own champagne glassware, notably the champagne flute and the champagne coupe, otherwise known as the champagne saucer. Both styles of champagne glass are universally distinctive.

Coupes or Flutes for the Champagne Toast
Lunar Oceans champagne flutes.

The champagne flute is a delicate long stemmed glass with a narrow flute-like appearance. Its design pre-dates that of the champagne coupe which became popular later. The flute is acknowledged as the perfect design for sipping champagne and many flutes have a roughened bead incorporated into the base of the glass where the champagne bubbles converge.

Coupes or Flutes for the Champagne Toast
Barwell Cut Crystal Champagne Coupe

The champagne coupe, designed in 1663, stylistically looks like a shallow saucer with a slender stem. It is a carefree and fun design, associated with lavish parties and champagne fountains. The flute is considered the more serious champagne vessel of the two as its design is considered superior in retaining the effervescent fizz of the champagne bubbles and in concentrating the aroma. The bubbles tend to lose their fizz more quickly in a champagne coupe due to the wider surface area. The wine also retains its chill for longer in a flute and is less inclined to spill. Over the years both styles of champagne glasses have their fans and detractors, with the flute winning the approval of connoisseurs due to the way it allows the bubbles to rise, and the coupe a clear winner for lavish events typified by opulent champagne fountains.

If you plan to impress your guests with a champagne fountain as a centrepiece at your wedding then champagne coupes will be your choice of vessel. Champagne saucers are skilfully arranged into a tower and the champagne is poured into the top ones and spills artfully over through the layers.

Champagne flutes and saucers are very popular gifts for weddings, particularly personalized ones with the date of the wedding etched into the glasses as an inscription. If your wedding list includes glassware you can list your personal preference for flutes or coupes, reflecting your individual approach to champagne. If you are an occasional champagne drinker and only plan to pop the bubbly at parties you may prefer champagne coupes, but if you prefer to mark intimate moments with a glass of vintage champagne you may prefer to pay homage to the wine with a flute.

Choose Milano Glassware for Superb Craftsmanship

If you appreciate the finer things in life and like to surround yourself with beautiful objects, then sophisticated glassware will be on your radar. The finest glassware is of course not only remarkable for its delicacy of design, but for its practicality. Wine goblets can not only be admired for their graceful appearance but can be used to savor your favorite wines in elegant style. European glassware, whether from Murano or Romania, is appreciated by collectors who admire the unique craftsmanship that goes into such visually aesthetic pieces and add a luxuriant air to the home when they are displayed.

Acclaimed for its resemblance to stained glass windows, Milano glassware has earned a reputation amongst collectors of fine pieces who appreciate its distinctive beauty. Milano glassware is crafted by Romanian artisans, using time-honored traditional methods. Each piece of unique 100 percent lead-free crystal glassware is individually mouth-blown before being painted by hand. As no two pieces are identical it is coveted by glassware connoisseurs who are proud to add to their collections, yet remains accessible to anyone who appreciates beautiful glassware.

Milano glassware has a particular method of production. First the piece of glassware is hand blown and then swirled in molten cobalt blue before being polished and then hand painted with colors and 24 carat gold, creating threads. A final firing of the glass preserves the distinctive Milano colors on the crystal ware. The stained glass effect refracts light in an incomparable way, making each Milano piece a treasured and coveted item. Traditionally cobalt blue was used in Milano glassware but molten black and molten platinum have been introduced respectively in the Milano Noir and the Milano Special Edition collections.

In addition to stocking ones bar shelves with Milano glassware such as brandy snifters and wine goblets, one can also opt for larger pieces such as bowls and vases, or decorative ornaments and lamps. Milano glasses make perfect wedding gifts, representing European elegance to display in the home. Over time a collection can be built to include champagne flutes, champagne coupes, cocktail glasses, old fashioned glasses, beer glasses and shot glasses. There are separate designs for red and wine glasses, alongside balloon goblets.
To compliment any Milano glassware collection the range includes whiskey decanters, pitchers and ice buckets. For ornamentation the Milano collection features candle holders, oil lamps and Christmas tree baubles.

As each piece of Milano glassware is individually crafted and painted, and imported from Romania, it tends to cost a little more than domestic glassware. However it has a timeless beauty that will grace any home with style and could appreciate in value as collectors’ items. The sophistication of each piece will become a talking point, whether it is kept in a pristine display cabinet or used for drinks at a dinner party. Each piece is durable and with care can be preserved over time by keeping out of direct sunlight and by hand washing. The colors will retain their sharp clarity over time and the crystal is designed to always refract light.