(Closed) China – how often do you use it?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Are you glad your registered for china?




  • Post # 3
    508 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We talked it over and both agreed that it’s not really worth it to us to register for china. I don’t forsee every using it really and all my married friends say they’ve never used theirs. I think this tradition is simply that, a tradition, and one we’re going to skip.

    Post # 4
    6995 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    we got 8 place settings of lenox china but we didnt register for it so we returned it – shhh – but we got 1200 bucks to macys and got a lot of stuff we are more likely to use. I like our everyday dishes.

    Post # 5
    14492 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have my grandmothers china and I only used it for the first time last year and I am 40.  I do plan to use it alot once we have a dining room (fingers crossed for next year) and take over all the holidays.  If I had gotten my mothers china, I would never have used it.  She has platinum edges on hers which is not dishwasher safe or microwave safe.  I would never have wanted to sit there all night doing dishes by hand, so it never would have gotten used.

    Post # 6
    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We didn’t get ours because we won’t be hosting any fancy parties for awhile that would warrant it (our everyday are nice enough for a more casual dinner party). Our friends were married 2 years ago used more than 2 place settings for the first time this weekend. At first I wouldn’t expect to use it that much.

    Post # 7
    3373 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We love, love, love our villeroy and boch china. But it’s not too stuffy.

    We use it daily and don’t have another set of china. Love porcelain.

    Post # 9
    492 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We hosted Thanksgiving this year, so we used it then.

    Post # 10
    162 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I inherited my Aunt’s china a few years ago and we used it this Thanksgiving, but if I had to register for it I wouldn’t.

    Post # 11
    3482 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I love ours. We used it for the first time on Thanksgiving and we’ll be doing so again at Christmas. But it’s not over the top fancy, so we plan on having it for any remotely special occasion, really. I forsee us getting a lot of use out of it over the years.

    Post # 12
    5540 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I am getting an incredible set of heirloom china from the late 1800s or early 1900s. It traveled across the prarie from the east coast in a wagon to Kansas with my great(X3) grandmother and her family. So no, we didn’t want new china. I doubt we will use the other much anyway, so I really didn’t want to end up with more fancy dishes we wont use. My family is dixieware at Christmas people anyway! 

    Post # 13
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I loved some of the china patterns out there, but it seems impractical for us at this stage of our lives (particularly since we are hoping to move again soon and didn’t want to risk breaking any pieces). We compromised and got plain white bone china everyday dishes that we can dress up with nice linens. I do love entertaining but we are usually pretty informal.

    Post # 14
    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I inherited my grandmother’s china.  Since we live in a small condo, it’s still in storage at my parent’s house, where it has been for 15 years.  One day, we’ll get a bigger place with more than 2 cabinets and I will take it home.  Then it will sit in storage and be used maybe 2-3 times a year.  If I have space to display it, I will do that.  

    We’re registering for nice, every day plates and silverware because that is what we’d use and have space for.  I don’t see us doing a lot of formal entertaining so the china would be used for small special meals like birthdays and holidays.

    Unless you have a large home and plan on doing a lot of entertaining, formal china just seems silly.

    Post # 15
    1433 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

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    @redheadem: Register for a pattern you choose, if you hate the china you’re going to inheret. 

    My Mom’s china has a gold rim and bright blue 80s looking flowers. Not our style. 

    We reigstered for our own! Haha. 

    You don’t necessarily have to register for a super expensive set, either.  We registered for this: 


    It’s only $75/place setting at Bed Bath and Beyond, and it’s platinum banded.  Pretty reasonable.  

    And they have an 8 place setting, 50 piece set for $350, that we could get too.  (Aka if we get 5 place settings as gifts, we could return it, and for the same cost, get the full 8 place setting 50 piece set that includes several serving pieces). You could always do this, too. 

    Just based on my growing up experience using my Mom’s china, we used it at “family” dinners: Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving.   Maybe a 4th dinner every year, like a fancy dinner party or something.  So maybe 3-4 times a year. 

    I plan on using ours anytime we have people over for dinner.  I think it just looks nice!  And food tastes better when you’re eating it off of china 🙂 

    Post # 16
    2031 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Never used it, not once.  First wedding was 7.5 years ago, and we registered for regular everyday stuff AND china (because the mom’s told us we had to).  We got all of our everyday stuff (which I still use in my house with FI) and most of the place settings for our china, but none of the stuff that matches either one.  All of my fancy wedding china is still in it’s original boxes, 2 moves later, and one is even wrapped still LOL!!  Someday I’ll get a hutch for our dining room and display it, but since we’re missing pieces and the pattern has been discontinued I don’t think I’ll ever use it…and if my first husband hadn’t passed away I’d probably just sell it but I can’t bring myself to do it. 

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