(Closed) To china or not to china?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Did you/are you registering for china?
    Yes : (19 votes)
    39 %
    No : (27 votes)
    55 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    We did not register for china but only because my FI parents have given us his grandmothers china. And (bonus) we both like it!

    We would have registered for it though, if we hadn’t been gifted it to us. We would like to entertain a little more and we like to use it for special occasions (Bdays, anniversarys, holidays, etc) and sometimes we like to use it just because. But that’s us. If you can’t ever picture yourself using, even down the road, then don’t register for it. Add pieces to your everyday dinnerware.

    Post # 4
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    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We did.  I’m super excited about it. At first we were not going to register.  Now i’m all on board with it.  I picked a set that is somewhat reasonable, something I know I would go back and buy.  I’m stumped on if i add that matching silver… 

    Post # 5
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    92 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    We didn’t register for china or crystal either.  For myself, I didn’t like the idea of people spending a lot of money on stuff I knew we just wouldn’t use.  I’m much more of a casual entertainer and I have been dying to get some square plates for years now!  We registered for some simple dinnerware that can be dressed up or dressed down and if a piece gets broken I won’t have to pay a mint to replace it!

    Post # 6
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    18 posts
    Newbee

    We registered for about 60 pieces of china although I wasnt sure that I wanted to actually have china.  We didnt even send out save the dates yet so I didnt give anyone access to our wedding website with the registry info on it.  Therefore, I didnt think anyone would even find the china.  I wanted to leave everything I liked on the registry then par down the list before we sent out any information to our guests.  A month later, I received a gigantic box from my FMIL with all of the china we registered for in it!  I was so surprised, grateful, and THRILLED.  Not just because of her generosity and thoughtfulness, but because I felt so excited about the china.  I surprised myself!  I looked at every piece and can’t wait to set my first dinner party table.  She called it our engagement present so I assume I can use it before we’re married.  I’m so glad I thought to register for it even though I second-guessed myself.  I really think I would have taken it off the registry had she not purchased it before I got the chance to – then I would have deprived myself of how much I really do love it!

    Post # 7
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    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We registered for china, but it’s suitable for both casual and special occasions, so I have every intention of using it on a daily basis. We weren’t intending on registering for any, but when we were surprised by a stylish, yet fun pattern, we decided it would be worth it.

    Post # 8
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    37 posts
    Newbee

    We registered for china too.  I know I won’t use it often, but this may be my one chance to get it.  I just didn’t want to regret my choice later and not be able to afford what I like!

    Post # 10
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    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Neither of us have any interest in china, so it didn’t even cross our minds. We’re still working on having nice, matching dishware of the ordinary sort!

    Post # 11
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    302 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I can’t wait to use my china!!  I get so mad (as a gift giving guest) when I see that the couple isn’t registered for china.  I don’t understand?

    A friend of mine said that they live together already and have everyday plates that they use.  I said "at holidays and special occassions what does your mom use?"  She said the china.  So, long story short, I said you might as well register for it now because you won’t want to buy it later when you will most likely want it. 

    I know every family situation is different.  So, I think it depends on how much entertaining is going on in your family and what you see happening in the future with the family you create.
     

    Post # 12
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    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    We didn’t register for china and won’t be.  I just don’t see the point.  We’re not really dinner party types and my parents & grandparents just use their normal plates for everything.  Plus, we’re both just the kind of people that don’t want exclusive "nice" things that we’d worry about breaking, etc. 

    But it’s pretty obvious from the answers that everybody’s verrrry different on this!

    Post # 13
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    3332 posts
    Sugar bee

    We didn’t register for china or crystal.  We just don’t think we’ll use it.

    Post # 14
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    37 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    my FI and i won’t be registering for china.  both our parents don’t use their china during the holidays and i dont see us using them either. 

    Post # 15
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    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    We know our families can’t afford china so we didn’t even contemplate it.  Then we went to an estate sale and BAM!  Vintage set of china, $63!  Now we have something that feels like an heirloom but didn’t cost an arm and a leg.  I bet the replacement china will cost more than the set, so we won’t feel horrible if we accidentally break something!

    Post # 16
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    113 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We did register for it, but before we did, I carefully considered it. I only wanted it if I knew we would actually use it. I am really excited to have such a long-lasting, sentimental reminder of our wedding that we can over and over again. Plus, our family likes to give china, crystal, and flatware for wedding gifts, so they were happy that we registered for it. 

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