Post # 1
I’m working on our gift registry while FI cooks Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe its because I just set our table with pint glasses and a random assortment of wine glasses, but as I browse through Macy’s, I’m tempted to register for crystal glasses.
Which makes me a little annoyed at myself. We love to entertain, but we’re not formal entertainers. Much more the “come over and we’ll throw a plate of nachos in and watch football” kind of people. Not the crystal with the platinum rim kind of people.
Yet I still want to register for it. In today’s casual atmosphere, does anyone register for formal pieces?
Post # 3
I totally would have registered for crystal, except my mom gave me HER wedding crystal. I’m pretty psyched about it.
My parents drink out of crystal all the time….if you have it, use it! Just watch the lead content. I know my mom’s glasses are more lead than most, so I have to watch when I use them. Riedel makes really pretty crystal ware (i got a friend some pink-stemmed crystal glasses for her wedding and she LOOOOVED them) and it’s lower in lead, too.
Post # 4
I use my crystal at holiday time. And I need a few new pieces too! My old pattern is no more, so I need to start a new one.
We also use our fine china at holiday time and on special occasions also.
Post # 5
ok, follow up question then… does it all have to match? I can’t seem to find a crystal set of red and white wine glasses, water glasses, water pitcher, vase and candlestick holders. Do they make such sets?
Post # 6
I don’t know….i have a matching decanter+4 wine glass set. I probably wouldn’t try to match all those sets together….maybe just the glassware.
A water pitcher would be super heavy in crystal I think…
Try a crystal company, like Mikasa or something.
Post # 7
We didn’t. We’re just not crystal people! 😛
Post # 8
I registered for crystal– chose the Waterford Lismore Tall for goblets, and the regular Lismore for hocks and other bar glasses. There are tons of different pieces in a lot of the Waterford collections, maybe check it out.
Post # 9
I would say only go for the crystal if you really see yourself using it on special occasions. The only crystal items I currenltly own are two Waterford wine glasses that FMIL bought us for Christmas last year. They are very nice, and we use them for special occasions.
Like ejs said, watch out for the lead content. Research crystal online to determine how to make a crystal purchase while minimizing the lead content. Our Waterford wine glasses have minimal lead.
Post # 10
I would absolutely recommend registering for crystal for every day use (like your highballs, old-fashioneds, juice glasses). Crystal doesn’t necessarily mean the cut, ornate looking kind — it can be plain crystal. We made the mistake of registering for glass highballs and old fashioneds, and because we use them every day for water, juice, etc., we’ve already broken 4 of them — and we’ve only been married 6 months! And they have broken for stupid reasons, like tipping over in the dishwasher or getting knocked lightly into another glass. So if you plan to buy thin glassware (which is more enjoyable to drink out of, in my opinion), I highly suggest going the crystal route. We regret our decision so much that we’re now asking for crystal everyday drinkware as a Christmas gift!
Post # 11
i am definitely an advocate of registering for china and crystal especially as heirlooms. i would definitely use mine for special occasions! i am always bringing out my waterford toasting flutes that i obtained from a garage sale for 40 bucks (SCORE!!) although they don’t have the box.. oops i went off on a tangent… i am always bringing them out on special nights or to toast special things…
Post # 12
We didn’t register for crystal, but my husband’s mother passed away (long before we met) and he has all of her crystal and china, along with the buffet cabinet she kept them in.
We set up the buffet cabinet, but we’ve never once used the china – maybe we will for the first holiday we spend at home.
Post # 13
We’re registering for crystal, but the plain kind… no cut crystal here. I don’t think it’s ridiculous! We’re entertainers, but still, it’s just plain nice to have something more special to drink out of on special occasions! (Wow, sorry about that grammar. It is way too early for me.)
Post # 14
I registered for crystal, china, and my mom is giving me her sterling flatware. I love the idea of being able to pass it down to my childern one day. Plus, it’s fun to set a pretty table, even if it’s not a holiday or special occasion.
Post # 15
i’m obsessed with cut crystal. and its much more practical than registering for silver!
Post # 16
I am registering for Waterford crystal, but already have almost 75% of all of it, 12 water, 12 wine, 12 flutes, multiple crystal bowls, vases, and candlesticks as gifts from my mother.
I use my crystal on a daily basis. While I handwash everything, FI and I use our Waterford wine glasses daily. We love wine and Waterford crystal is actually really strong in comparison to the thin wine glasses you can get at any store. We are careful with them, but we think that we should enjoy them!
We are also registering for fine china, but not for flatware as I have a set for 20 of sterling silver flatware from my grandmother.