Post # 1
- Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club
we are starting our registry this week and I am torn on the topic of china. I definitely want to register for a nice set of casual china but do we really need formal china too?
My mom has formal china and I feel like we use it twice a year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s a pain to use because its displayed in a break front and hand wash only…
Although FI and I do our fair share for entertaining, I just dont think we would break out the china unless it was a big family holiday. Even then, we would have to serve over 8 people and would have to mix and match dishes anyway. I just don’t want to regret not registering for it.
Did you register for fine china? Why or why not? If so have you used it?
Post # 2
amoore2: I got some initial side-eye looks from friends but then they realized how much I love to entertain. The lady at the store was super surprised that I was then was all over helping me when she realized I was being serious. She litterally pulled out the book and showed me all the pieces. I honestly say go for it since your thinking about it – I think you will regret it if you didn’t.
I ended up picking a very simple and classic pattern – vera wang platinum grosgrain with the vera wang sequin glassware. I have registered for 12 place setting…. Honestly I need more like a 24 set and plan to accumulate more over time.
My mom spoiled me at my shower party and got me my 12 place settings already 🙂 Now I am slowly accumulating the serving pieces 🙂
At the end of the day it is up to you and your fiance and you to use them more often. No reason why you can’t bring them out of if its just a party of 4, 6, 12… Or frankly just a romantic evening for 2 🙂
Post # 3
amoore2: FI and I are definitely more practical so we are not getting fine china since we would rarely/never use them, we don’t have the space for a china cabinet, and I don’t want to use up storage space for them either . FI and I are registering for extra pieces of the plain white casual china we got when we bought our house, and they’re a nice enough quality to use for holidays. Since they’re plain white, it goes with everything and it would be easy to replace a piece since there’s no chance of it being discontinued.
I personally don’t think you ever “need” to get fine china, but if it’s something you really want, I’d definitely register for them.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lubeznik Center for the Arts
We did not register for fine china because we are not all that fancy and IMO, nobody in our family is going to judge (or notice) if we have nice dinnerware that ismore every day. Plus, I couldn’t justify any one spending that much on dishes, it felt extravagant to us. We also went with a white theme, although we have a mix and match of modern and more vintage looking white dishes.
I’m not trying to sound judgmental about fine china – maybe for some people that fits their lifestyle and socioeconomic class, for us, we just thought fun everyday dinnerware was a-ok.
Post # 5
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
amoore2: If you think you will you use it then yes. Otherwise I would say no. It can be pretty expensive and I would just rather have someone spend $50 on something I need more than a gravy boat.
Post # 6
We chose the same dinner setting! To be honest I’m a little disappointed. I love the dishes, but think that the serving plates are a bit small. The covered dish was delivered last week and I was hoping to you it as a centrepiece for the star veg with open dishes for the others (given the cost) but its only big enough to hold a few carrots for half a dozen people….but I do love the look and I can’t wait to use it. We bought a gorgeous cutlery canteen too and some John Lewis glasses with a swirl in them. The table will look stunning. I’m planning on using it for the first time when we invite the parents round to give them their copies of the wedding album. And as you say its fine for dinners for two. We are about to move away from town so wont be able to go out for dinner as easily, so date night will be dinner served on a white table cloth in the dining room with the fine china to make it different and special from other dinners. Love China, I hope you enjoy yours.
Post # 7
amoore2: We did then I took it off and just registered for plates that better suited our needs. We have everyday dishes but would need something nicer if people came over. So we registered for nicer place settings, but not actually china. In a few years FI & I will be getting LOTS of heirloom china from my family (my mom has 4 full sets of china and when she downsizes it will all get passed on to us), which we cant throw out/give away for sentimental & cultural reason.
Post # 8
We did not register for fine china or dishes at all even though I debated it for a good while and had even picked some out preliminarily. our registry cutoff was that every item needed to be something we really wanted and really liked and would really get use of and would buy ourselves if we had the cash and nobody bought it off of our registry. no dishes made that cut.
We already have dishes that I love and I didn’t like any china more than what we have and the cost seemed unjustified for my personal value of the item. We also have ppl over tons and I cook a lot. For me, the pots/pans and gadgets mattered so so much more so all of our splurge items are in those categories instead (kitchenaid, great griddle, vitamix, all clad d5, mauviel copper pots/pans, etc.).
Post # 9
Nope, we registered for things we’d actually use (i.e. waffle maker, copper bottomed pots, etc).
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2014 - The Meeting House/DoubleTree by Hilton
amoore2: We chose not to register for fine china basically because of reasons like the one you mentioned. My mom has two sets of fine china and one set of more casual china; she loves taking them out and using them for special occasions. But then some of my aunts and family friends told me that their sets are rarely used and that they are missing pieces because things broke and either the set had been discontinued or they couldn’t afford to replace the broken piece. So we decided to register for a second set of dishes, but just picked out something fun, white, and affordable ($100 for a set of 6, I think) – definitely not fine china, but something a little different to use for holidays or other special occasions.
Post # 11
amoore2: We decided not to register for it. We really are not fine china people and I do have a very nice set of regular dishes. If I had a large pantry with ample storage, I might consider it but the idea of handwashing dishes once or twice a year has absolutely no appeal.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
We registered for 2 fine china settings – the Kate Spade Gardner Street pattern in platinum. We also registered for Noritake Colorwave in the squarey-rounds in a mixture of blue and white. I love the fine china, but they’re impractical, expensive, and would take up a lot of storage space. We decided to register for two settings, so we can have a nice set for the two of us when we have special dinners, like how we registered for champagne flutes. Nicely, there are a lot of different designs that are very similar to this one (in fact, we have “matching” picture frames from Martha Stewart, and our flutes are another company entirely!)
Post # 13
amoore2: We registered for it and have a mostly complete service for 10. I admit we don’t use it a lot but we do use it.
I think it’s nice to have and I seriously doubt I’d have ever spent the money to buy it for myself. If you want it, register for it now unless you or your FI have any family that might have an existing set they would give you.
Post # 14
We didn’t register for fine china. I have no desire to store a full set of dishes to be used once or twice a year. We registered for nice porcelain dishes that were still dishwasher and microwave safe and good for everyday use. Personally I’d rather have a set of full copper pans that I could use every day (which we did get!) than a set of fancy dishes, but that’s me.
Post # 15
We didn’t – but that’s only because my mother has two sets and I’m going to get one of them! Crystal and silver too!
I’m the kind of girl who loves having fine china for special occasions. I would 100% have registerd for it if I didn’t have it coming to me.
Actually I registered for Christmas china as well – Spode. That’s not fine china per se, it can hop in the dishwasher. I love it.