Registering for nice, everyday dishes

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@rudytheboxer:  I’d go with whiteware. Definitely check them out in the store – Marin doesn’t look anything like the pics in real life.

Post # 4
3623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@rudytheboxer:  honestly, have you considered these?




They have held up so well, have never broken or chipped, and can be easily dressed up. We love ours and it is what all DH’s siblings have had (and they love them 10-15 years later!)

Sorry, half my post disappeared– I like them all. We looked at them all and then went with the Target Corelle dishes because my MIL has hers from 40 years ago– with 6 kids and 7 grand kids and no chips. We had a set of hand me down Corelle dishes that were 35+ years old and they look as good as new. I loved them so much more than the WS and C&B dishes. The older ladies invited to my shower loved that we went with such a classic brand– they were bought right up (along with the Oneida silverware).

Post # 6
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I chose the white version of Sophie Conran by Portmerion. I chose it because it is white and could be dressed up, just like you. Worth looking into.

Post # 7
49 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

We did the Mikasa Swirl (from Bed Bath & Beyond) – they are beautiful and seem to have great reviews online.  We intend to use them for our everyday needs and can dress them up as the occasion demands.  Good luck!

Post # 8
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013



I’d like to second the Fiesta suggestion. It’s so cute and sturdy. Not only is it oven safe, it’s technically freezer-to-oven safe (not that I’d probably risk it, but hey). 



Post # 9
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We registered for the stock white bone china at BB&B, although the stock white bone china at Macy’s also looked nice (I didn’t like the shapes as much though).

We’ve been really really happy with the Nevaeh from BB&B after all is said and done (link here). It is sturdy, light weight, a good size, and cleans up so easily! It’s also not $28 a plate and is being collected by places such as Replacements, so we should be able to replace broken dishes if needed. The 10.5″ plate is about perfect and the white is nice and bright. It was also nice to not have to get a set and own 16 coffee mugs to go with our 16 plates,  although we might regret that part later.

I decided to go with white bone china just because it doesn’t chip the same way porcelains do (especially low quality porcelain). Also, with my mother’s arthritic hands, it’s way better to have the heavy part be the food, not the plate (same goes with kids)

My husband has also been happy. He keeps asking for us to have different colored placemats to go with our white dishes. We also got slightly less boring flatware and cut crystal glasses to make things a bit more interesting. There’s all kinds of ways to dress up white if you are willing to go simple. And bone china just can’t be beat for the elegant/everyday tightrope walk.

Post # 10
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@SilkieChicken:  oh I love the bar you’re hanging them from. So cute! We have a lot of the same colors as well. They’re on sale right now if you want more 😛

Post # 11
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

@rudytheboxer:  I have the WS Apilco dishes and they are wonderful!  I’ve been using them every day for almost 6 years now and none have broken or chipped.  I bought the Tres Grande Blue pattern when they were discontinued, so I bought a whole set at a very steep discount.  I believe they still sell Tres Grande in white though.

If you want something you can use every day but can also dress up for a nice dinner, I suggest getting something that is porcelain or bone china.  Both are highly durable and keep their nice sheen over the years.  If you’re really worried about price, just do a search on Crate & Barrel or Macy’s, or any other department store, for their porcelain/bone china dishes.  You could probably find them less expensive than WS, or on sale.

We went to a wedding recently and the couple registered for the “Claire” pattern at Crate & Barrel which I thought was lovely.  I like the Pillivuyt Coupe and C&B Camden sets you selected.  I wouldn’t worry too much about the price since they’re both far less expensive than formal china.


Post # 12
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Read the reviews at the bottom of the dishes at C&B. That’s how we chose our silverware! We are getting our dishes from C&B as well. Haven’t finalized, but Marin as well as the blue rimmed dishes are both on the list.

Post # 13
27 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013


We registered for Mikasa, Antique white pattern from Macys. We love it. Very durable, not too heavy, dishwasher safe and goes with everything.


The 45 piece set (8 piece place setting) goes on sale all the time. I think its $169 right now. we registered for 2 sets and got them.

Post # 15
11607 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@rudytheboxer:  We have the CB Marin (although in yellow) – they’re a bit funky, but I love them! 

Post # 16
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@rudytheboxer:  We registered for the Marin collection and while we haven’t started using them yet (JUST got back from our honeymoon) I love love LOVE the way they look. Interesting without being funky. And we’ve gotten a ton of compliments.

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