(Closed) Silver…should we register for it?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I use mine for special events. I love it. It’s just a personal choice I guess. It’s not for everybody.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I am still hunting for a pattern that I like but if I ever find it, than yes I will register for it. My family uses it on special occasions and I will too when the time comes.

My mom uses silver cleaning cloths to shine her set. To clean them after use, we use warm water and mild dish soap. We hand dry them and she stores them in old wool socks.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Go for it you are going to use it and are ok with the cleaning aspect. But if you can’t see yourself ever using it, why bother.

We haven’t registered for it yet and we haven’t decided yet if we will.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We inherited a set from my maternal grandma.  We clean it the same way Habibi described.  In addition, every few years, my mom has been taking them to a local jewelry store for a "deeper" cleaning.  It’s pretty cheap and it really does make the silverware noticeably shinier.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

My mom gave me a set that matches hers, which also matches both of my great grandmothers. I think my parents found it on eBay. Maybe you could suggest this as a thoughtful gift she could give you rather than registering for it?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We weren’t going to register for china or silver at first, but my mom talked me into it, saying that it’s nice to have for special occasions, and she was right, we probably would have regretted not getting some fancy stuff.

So we registered for china, but not silver. My mom pointed out that the "everyday" silverware we registered for just didn’t match our fancy china, and she was, again, right. So we registered for silver.

That’s my very long way of saying, yes, register for the good stuff! No, you won’t use it everyday, but it IS nice to have around, especially if you ever host a holiday dinner or dinner party (which we plan on doing down the road).

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

We didn’t register for silver. We’re just starting out, in a way, and there were other things we need SO MUCH MORE that we would have hated for our guests to spend lots of money on something we would certainly not use very often when we *really* needed some cookware that doesn’t burn everything. :)FI’s mom has several sets of silver and I’m sure we’ll eventually inherit at least one. I hate the patterns (ugh!) but oh well.

But to answer your question, I think you should register for silver if you think you will use it and you really want it.

I’m actually curious: did anyone who registered for silver actually receive it?

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I already had some, and we registered for things to finish my set. (Southern heritage so silver is important, and we decided to start it when I was younger, so I got it for many holidays over the years.) We have gotten some of the serving pieces as generous gifts, but I can’t imagine anyone paying for the place setting.

I am planning to use some cash gifts to finish it, using an estate silver dealer. I have had good dealings with Antique Cupboard (they have a good website). Most things are 1/2 to 1/4 the price and look almost new if not new. Also I like having something with history. If your pattern is new, I guess this might not work as well, but mine has been around a while.

I think whether you should get it just really depends on your entertaining style.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

We didn’t register for Silver because we won’t use it! We have pretty silverware my parents gave me for Christmas on year so we registered for "everyday" stuff and will use what my parents gave us for "special occasions".

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

We aren’t planning on registering for silver.  In this economy and such, we are thinking it might be more practical to register for every day items.  Although it would be nice to have a set of course!  We also aren’t registering for china either…we are going to go ahead and pick out two different sets of regular dinnerware; one that is plain, and one that is more for parties/more unique!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have my silver already..interesting story, my aunt the designer bought ALL MY PLACESETTINGS and serveware of my pattern (wallace grand baroque) and didn’t give them to me after she met my now xh.  She didn’t like him!

I got them for Christmas last year!  The fed ex guy bringing all the boxes almost fell down carrying the heavy payload up to the door!  It was AWESOME!

I love my pattern.  I’ve love it for over a decade.  I whip it out for dinners, for buffets *using the serveware* and it’s so elegant.  Sometimes I’ve found myself actually staring at them.  Oh so intricate!

My family uses sterling for family dinners and special events, so it’s well utilized around here!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We didn’t register for silver, but we did register for nice stainless (i.e. no polishing!) flatware that we’ll use with our fine china.  I wasn’t crazy about the idea of polishing silver all the time, and this is a great compromise.  If you’re interested, this is what we chose: http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=86823&CategoryID=22680  It actually matches our china pattern, but it seems like it would go with lots of things.  

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

Somebody asked if we received the silver we registered for and the answer is yes and no…we got a couple of place settings, but my mother decided to give me hers {same pattern, full set}, so I used the credit for the silver for other fun silver pieces. I love LOVE love sterling.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m not sure about real silver or china, but we will be registering for good tableware and dishes.  I just want nicer stuff than everyday, but I don’t think I need authentic bone china or anything.

My grandma had to sell her china in the Depression, so there are no heirlooms to speak of in that department in my fam.

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