Post # 1
I need your help, hive!
The registry items that are my "MOST" desired are my dishes and serveware, because I love cooking, entertaining, and, well…dishes! It’s weird, I know. But my FI backs me up so that’s what matters 🙂
So we’ve gone round and round on our every-day dishes. We did register for good china, not ridiculously expensive, but Lenox (about $110 for a 5-piece place setting I believe). No question on that, easy as pie. However, I’ve fallen in love with the vintage/classic designs of Crate and Barrel’s Stacatto and White Pearl dishes. I can’t decide between the two. Stacatto is more reasonably priced, at $11 a dinner plate, while White Pearl is $20 a dinner plate. We’re reigstering for individual pieces because we’ve already gotten cool glass mugs purchased off our registry.
I don’t want our guests to think we’re extravagant, and personally I think $20 a dish is a lot. However, White Pearl is bone china, which is the most durable, sleekest, etc. Stacatto is earthenware and apparently chips after much usage. It’s also heavier. My mom thinks we should go for White Pearl because she’s used her every day dishes for over 20 years and it is very high quality and was fairly expensive as well. In this economy though, isn’t that a lot to ask? I’d think rather get all the pieces than get only some… but aghh!
Anyone have experience with these two patterns from C&B? Or have any suggestions or advice? I need to stop going back and forth because our shower invites are being sent out fairly soon! THANKS LADIES!
Post # 3
My only insight would be to make sure the dishes fit in your cabinet and that they will not chip (ones with patterns are more obvious when they chip)
Post # 4
I’d say register for the bone china if it’s what you want, will be more durable, and if you have less expensive items on your registries as well. You’re giving people options, not a shopping list, and you’re not requiring anyone to buy a certain dish.
Post # 5
I used to work at a retailer that competes with C&B, and after dealing with their earthenware dishes, I’d NEVER buy earthenware. Hopefully C&B’s are better quality, but IMO it’s not a good choice. Like you said, it’s a relatively soft material, it chips, it’s heavy and bulky, and usually sized large so it doesn’t fit well in dishwashers and cabinets. I wouldn’t worry so much about the price, your guests will work it out one way or another. Go with something that will last, so you can remember your friends and family whenever you use it!
Post # 6
PS if it makes you feel better, we are registering for Denby dinnerware. I had the same guilty feeling about it at first (expensive, extravagant…) but at the end of the day (and after input by my mom/sister/friends), it’s a gift registry. If people don’t want to buy it for you, they don’t have to. It’s a "wish" list. As long as you have some less expensive items (bakeware, towels, glasses), I think you are fine and should get what you like!
Post # 7
Wow, thanks ladies. Those weren’t the responses I was expecting but I really appreciate it! That makes me feel much better about goign with the china ones. Thank you!!!
I love weddingbee 🙂
Post # 8
Go with what you want! You’re the one who has to eat off of them for years to come. People will probably just not purchase as many pieces as they would have normally due to the cost, but they will still buy them for you. If you get other things that you can do without, you could use that store credit for the dishes you didn’t receive.