(Closed) china or not to register for china?

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m registered for china but I know I will use it.  I think if you entertain and especially if people know that about you, they’ll be happy to buy beautiful things for that purpose! 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m registering for china.  I felt like it was something I would regret not getting and I can just imagine using it on holidays and special occasions.  I say got for it!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We love entertaining, so we registered for it. Then again, we also registered for everyday plates. =) We didn’t register for the additional matching pieces (teapots, soup tureens, etc.) though. We registered for those through Pottery Barn, where it’s white to match the china (and much cheaper!).

Post # 6
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Worker bee

I’m going back and forth on this as well. I want nice dishes for entertaining, but I am also going to be inheriting a TON of china from both sets of grandparents (only grandaughter). I also barely have room for the dishes I already have! So, any advice from the hive would be greatly appreciated.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I thought about china.  I love the patterns. I love entertaining.  But I also love to thrift shop, find vintage stuff at great prices. 

 

We registered for Denby Stoneware instead.  The colors are gorgeous in our house, they’re incredibly well made — and my favorite part are the good-sized mugs instead of little prissy teacups. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

i am registering for "everyday china"… it’s cheaper stuff that i’m getting from crate & barrel.

i asked around also before i made my decision.  i think it depends on your lifestyle.  i entertain but its never FORMAL entertaining.  it’s more casual so i was ok with everyday stuff. 

Post # 9
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Newbee

we are registering for casual china only. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

i was/am torn on this issue as well. its not practical for our life now, but maybe later. and its true we probably wouldnt buy it for ourselves.

but i felt the pressure to get some (BB&B sold it hard) so we registered for one of the cheapest settings they have…..i believe its $49.99 a setting.

i’m not sure if i’m going to keep it bc after asking a few girls who’ve gotten married within the last year…many of them got very little if any of their china.

i still might drop it and add another pretty patterned everyday china.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think we are going to register for an everyday set of plates, and then something nicer- like a good stoneware. I am too nervous I’d break the all the china.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I registered for China for the reasons you stated,  it’s something you wouldn’t buy for yourself,  and I know I will use it for holidays and entertaining.     Even if you don’t get a lot of the pieces for the wedding,  people can get it for your for your birthdays/Christmas.    

I also needed everyday dishes (my current mismatched ikea dish set just isn’t up to par anymore),  so I registered for a nice everyday Box set rather than an everyday pattern (like Denby).  

I’d rather get the fine china as a wedding gift because I know that I would be more inclined to by the everyday stuff myself.  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re doing really nice everyday dishes rather than formal china.  We don’t have space for the formal china set in addition to our other sets of dishes, bowls, serving containers and glassware.  We’ll also likely inherit FI’s family china, so no pressure to buy right now.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

ugh BB&B tried really hard to push us into registering for china too.  i was really annoyed!  it almost made me not want to register with them.  i had to explain that most of our friends are relatively young and wouldn’t be able to buy us expensive china, while our family members would most likely just give us cash as dictated by our culture.  even then, she was really judgmental as if our friends are such trash and our families are so tacky for gifting cash instead of china.

sorry random vent.  i think i’m biased by my awful BB&B experience but it made me sure that i did NOT want to register for china.  down the line when we want the fine china, we’ve decided that we’ll spend the money to buy it for ourselves.  and probably not at BB&B. 😛

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

of *course* the places push for china – it’s a high ticket item.  some lucky folks get the entire set, but that may not be the norm.  once you’ve got some pieces, you’re pretty much committed to the pattern and i would imagine that the companies get a lot of business from the married couples rounding out their sets.

if you want china, by all means register for it. don’t let pushy people bully you into it, though.

Post # 16
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Newbee

FH & I were not going to register for China because we’re getting a set from his parents and a set from my grandmother. However, I was speaking to a close friend of mine and she says her biggest regret from her wedding is not registering for China (for the same reasons) because she never seems to have enough.  I thought this through and it makes sense… our "family" that we will have for holidays will number in the mid to upper 20s… both of the sets we’re receiving are for 8. So we registered for a semi neutral set (Waterford’s Ballet Ribbon) which means we can mix and match as we need to and have enough China for our family…

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