(Closed) Silver vs. Stainless Steel Flatware/Silverware

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland

If you want silver, register for silver.  People may chip in and go together to purchase a set- and sometimes they go on sale. 

At the same time, it is important to be sensitive that some people (perhaps poor grad student friends?) won’t be able to afford it, even if they pool their resources with other people.  So it is a good idea to make sure that you register for a range of items.  

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

It might depend on the formality of the wedding. If your having a get together with 65 people in country setting, then Silverware might not work.

I thought Silverware was a registry must…until I looked at the price. I realized that for that price, I’d be too afraid to use them, so we registered for Dansk flatware instead. It’s nice enough to use on special occasions, but cool enough for everyday.

We did however, register for fine china (4 place settings) and because of the price, received only one (at our country setting wedding with only 65 people). Well, you can’t get by on one place setting, so we used some of the cash we received at our wedding to buy one more. Are you prepared to purchase the silverware on your own if you only get one or two?

Post # 5
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Wannabee

I had the same dilemma.  I ended up predicting that, at $400 per setting, I wouldn’t get any or many sets, even for my formal NYC wedding (275 invited).  Based on the gifts we did get, I think I was right, as most couples gave presents in the $200-300 range.  I rationalized that I would probably not be using the silver in the next few years anyway, and I would be willing to purchase a set a few years down the line. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland

I know at Macy’s you can get a full set- which seemed to run between 2k and 5k, depending on the pattern. 

Post # 8
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Newbee

You can actually get great deals on silver on ebay – you might have to wait to find something you like but I’ve seen whole sets go for like $50 as well. Its insane. Of course, you can’t register for on ebay, but you can use money you get for it. 

 

(edited to remove example – just realized it was not silver) 

Post # 9
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Wannabee

fortunoff sells silver in inidividual place settings and also as full sets for around $4000-5000 if memory serves.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

To register for silver, register for individual place settings, then return those and purchase the complete service for 12. There is a significant discount on the complete sets vs. the individual place settings, but it’s not practical to put a $5,000 gift on a registry.

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