Post # 1
We decided to register for nice casual dinnerware instead of fine china. How many sets are we supposed to get? The lady at Macy’s suggested that we register for 12 sets, but that sounds like a lot…And then she suggested a minimum of 8 sets. That still sounds like a lot to me! But she explained that we should consider how many sets we would need if we had both our immediate families over for dinner…If that’s the case, I would need 10 sets. And I have no idea how many serving platters an bowls I should add to the list.
Sorry for rambling…Anyway, is there a basic rule of thumb when it comes to dinnerware stuff? Help please!
Post # 3
Hmm I was thinking those numbers are to low. If you live nearby your family you will potentailly host them many times. Eventually all your siblings will marry and start having kids which in turn will mean you need to add place settings. Since they discontinue casual dinnerware ALL the time 🙁 I would suggest over registrying. Things will break to! I have been through around a dozen different sets in the past ten years. Some my family size outgrew. Some I broke to many pieces. Once I lent them to a friend who never returned them 🙁 This has become an expensive item in my life! So my solution is mismatched china. I am collecting it for my wedding but it will be my good dishes forever I hope =)
I would figure each sibling plus a FH/FW plus 2 kids per family. I would then register for at least an extra five because of breakage or potential of siblings to have more kids/ you invite an extra guests etc. I would register for two to three platters and three to four serving bowls. This gives you an extra to break too! Unless entertaining just isn’t your thing. Then I would probably stick with twelve. Needless to say I love (or is that live) to entertain!
Post # 4
We registered for 16 sets, but we didn’t register for China. I also doubt we’ll get all 16, but it’s good to overestimate.
Post # 5
I’d do the 12, since even that amount is a huge one to store. 2/3 serving platters and at least 3/4 serving bowls should be enough too. I’d also get something pretty basic and not color specific so it will match once you decide to change colors in your home. I made the mistake (many times) of buying dishes because I liked the pattern or color, and now have a whole cabinet in the basement of things I no longer like or have enough of to set the table for even 4 people. What a waste.
I now mostly use a basic ivory colored set since I can change out the linens when I want to add color, and they always match every occasion.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn
Service for 12 is perfect. Even if it’s just the two of you most of the time, any less than 12 and you’ll probably be running the dishwsher more than you’d like.
Post # 7
We registered for 12 place settings (also didn’t register for china). I think this is the perfect amount. We don’t run out ourselves if we don’t run the dishwasher for a few days and we still have enough if a few people come over.
Post # 8
We registered for 12 of everything. At first we only had 8 on there and then we upped it and I’m glad we did. Unless you are really good about doing dishes ALL the time, any fewer than 12 will probably not be enough.
Post # 9
Does the set you want have additional items like serving bowls, platters, and other things that go with it?
We registered for 16, as the set we like does not have any of the serving pieces. Otherwise, I would have registered for 12.
Post # 10
Hmm sounds like 12 is the norm but I was going to suggest 8 ish depending on weather or not you have dinner parties etc.
Post # 11
I honestly did 8 sets of everyday dinnerware and then also i think about 10 of fine china (My Mother-In-Law and GrandMil INSISTED i do BOTH! lol) but think about how many you will need at one time even if you have guests over and maybe get an extra set or 2 for breakage. Also, remember that just because you register for 10 or 12 doesnt necissarily mean your going to get all 10 sets!
Post # 12
For casual, I would just do 6 sets. If you have a lot of people over, you would use paper plates or use the fine dinnerware (which I would recommend to get 12 sets of fine china).
This is what works for me 🙂
Post # 13
We registered for a total of 8 sets. I, too, used the immediate family rule when deciding how many to register for. The chick at Macys suggested 12 to us as well but we’d never need that many. I’d rather someone buy us our new bed set than get an additional 4 place settings that I’ll more than likely never use.
Post # 14
Since you’re not planning to get fine china, you need enough to cover your (future) entertainment quota and to be on the safe side in case something breaks. So I’d say go for 12. Also, since you’ll register only for one type of china, you’ll probably get enough of it!
Post # 15
we registered for 12 and then i bought an additional 4 after the wedding – but we host thanksgiving, so we need the 16 for holidays
Post # 16
We registered for 8 for our ‘every day’ dishes, but I see that 12 sets were actually bought off our registry. Truthfully, I’m glad. I should have registered for 12 to begin with! I think its best to have more, especially if something breaks and your dishes are eventually ‘discontinued’. Plus, eventually you’ll have lots of people for dinner!