Post # 1
I know it’s a tradition for people to choose a pattern and get china as as a wedding gift. But does anyone actually use it? Have you ever or do you intend to eat off of china? My mother tried to give me her mother’s china set, which was never used and is still in the original box from the 40’s. So how many bees are still getting new china? And I don’t mean the dishwasher/microwave safe kind. I mean the traditional delicate hand wash kind.
Post # 3
It’s on our registry and we’ve received some place settings already. Honestly, I’m not sure how much we’ll ever really use it, and I questioned even registering for it, but our families insisted that we put it on and they say it will be used more than we think. I know we’ll use it when we host holiday dinners, but other than that I’m not sure when we’d use it… Maybe if we have a nice romantic anniversary dinner at home? Haha I’m really not sure.
Post # 4
We did have china on our registry, and we got a lot of it as wedding gifts (my grandparents bought us all 12 place settings, and other people bought the other various pieces). We also have crystal wine glasses.
We do actually use them, but definitely not everyday. We host about 5 special occasion dinners each year with our families (for birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc.), and I pull out the china and crystal for those. When we’re not using it, it’s all displayed in a china cabinet in our dining room.
Also, I sometimes drink my coffee out of a china teacup and saucer in the mornings. Just because I can. 🙂
So yeah, we use it, and I’m glad we have it. I think we’ll use it more and more as we get older and start hosting more family events. We’re both from pretty traditional families in Texas, so that might have something to do with it (I think there are other places where being a good hostess who throws classy events isn’t such a big deal).
ETA: We do eat off of it for our anniversaries too!
Post # 5
We have a complete service for 12 and use it at least weekly. I don’t save it only for special occasions. It’s nice to set a fine table, have a great meal and a good bottle of wine, or a good meal and a great bottle of wine, even if it’s just the two of us.
Post # 6
We’re both only children and my own mother was an only child. This means that we’re staring down approximately 4-5 full sets of inherited china in the coming decades. So, no, we won’t be registering for any to add to the confusion.
At present we have two sets of dishes: Corelle that we use ’cause it’s light and hard to break and a full set (my mom insisted on this when we moved in together) of Fiestaware. It’s definitely enough for now. We do use both sets, though. We just tend to use the Fiestaware when we have guests or want to feel fancy.
Post # 7
We are registered for china. I plan to use it for holidays and special occasions.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza
We really wanted it but couldn’t justify the cost (even if someone else was getting it for us). However, we stumbled upon some AWESOME, practically brand new china at an antique store about a month ago and bought it! It’s Johann Haviland from Bavaria. We got a 8 piece setting service for 8 for $75!!! We have been looking since at other antique shops to add to our collection, but no luck yet. We are realizing what a deal we got though! I can’t wait to have our own home so we can have everyone over for the holidays and break out the china.
Post # 9
For my first wedding I registered for Denby and I got the whole set, which I still use every day. I know it’s not typical china but I would never use china and this way at least I get to use my gift.
Post # 10
Nope, and I’ve made it very clear that we will not register for it and do not want it (or crystal or real silverware). I can’t say that we’ve ever been to a family gathering (held at a grandparent’s home) where china was used. Honestly, we use regular dishes or disposables.
Post # 11
Our everyday dishes are actually bone china. We didn’t really plan it that way, and had been using stoneware, but then we saw my dream dishes at macys and they were 60% off, so we got them. They’re creamy white and square, with rounded corners. Totally minimalist, which is absolutely our style. They are dishwasher safe, and amazingly sturdy! (I’m a klutz and bang them on something at least once a week, and nothing has broken) It’s a nice compromise between super fragile delicate dishes and totally everyday ones. We’re not going to register for any more because we love these and we really do not have space for another set!
Post # 12
@MojitoMeg: Macy’s has nice ones. I love the Lenox “Chirp” and all of the Edie Rose collections (Peacock, Hydrangea, etc… I would mix and match them). But honestly I could never foresee myself ever using them.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
I LOVE our china set. We’ve used it for hosting large dinners and holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, etc.), but also pull it out every once in a while just for the two of us when we’re celebrating a special occasion or have cooked up a romantic dinner.
Post # 14
We have the Denby “Chrysanthemum” dishes from Macys. They’re porcelain and technically listed as fine china on the website, but we use them as everyday dishes. I debated registering for some of the fancier stuff but I feel like half the pieces are totally unusable (hello tiny teacups/saucers and such).
Post # 15
We did not register for china, I inherited my grandmother’s china and do use it on the holidays or when feel like it. My dad made me a china hutch for our wedding present and I love it and I love the china because it reminds me of my grandmother.
Post # 16
Nope, there’s no way I would ever use the delicate handwash china! I love the look of clean white plates because they really help food shine, just like in restaurants. I don’t like fussy, decorative plates. We are not inheriting china on either side, which is a relief because we don’t have to deal with the stress of packing and protecting heirloom china pieces when we move.