(Closed) china or not to register for china?

posted 12 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t plan on registering for china. I know we would hardly ever use it and I already have a set of nice everyday dishes. I might register for another set of casual dishes but I think china is not neccesary.

Post # 18
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41 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I registered for Kate Spade china (mid-price range at about $120 per setting) and it’s DISHWASHER SAFE.  I plan on using our casual china (stonewear) for lunches (and, eventually, kids) and use our nice china for everyday.  I like that just using our "wedding china" will make everday meals more special.

Post # 19
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323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I registered for Juliska.

not china…. but oh so much better. 🙂

Post # 20
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245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

yes bbb tries to push china, it was practially the first question out of her mouth, and even after we said we had a full heirloom set… she still wanted to know, "well which pattern is it, a lot of patterns are really old and you can register for more pieces!" we werent interested so we just straight up told her we didnt need any more pieces & she dropped it. we registered for everyday wear but noone bought it, it seemed people prefered to gift anything but "boring" everyday stuff… not as exciting as china. i do have to agree with nicole3381 that a "filler" set could be a good idea if you have handmedown china.

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I didn’t register for China but Fiestaware for our everday plates.

I just think Chinia is so expensive and we needed everyday plates.

I’ve had friends who registered for China and only got one or two of the places settings. Then what do you do?

I did register for some nice pieces from the Kate Spade Belle Boulevard line like the wedding flutes, vase, (already got both) and a wedding frame.

And we actually already got seven sets of the fiestaware. 

 You could always register for platters or key pieces from the lines you like and just get some really nice pieces. 

 

 

 

Post # 22
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289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

AHH! But how much do you register for??? im buying the 5 piece settings…we “plan” on having children-2 or 3…whats a good number or sets to register for?

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m going to be honest here.  It is very traditional to register for fine china and crystal, but the real question is do you see yourself using it?

My parents should have been parents in the 1950s.  That is how they are.  My mom threw a fit when I thought that perhaps I would carry a non-white bouquet “oh no honey, brides carry white.” She also got more mad than I had seen her in a very long time when she saw I registered for a jewelry box since that is not an “appropriate” registry item.  Fine china and crystal were a must for me because of this.

BUT, my mom bought virtually my whole set of Waterford crystal stemware – 12 water goblets, 12 wine glasses, and 12 flutes (I am registering for the iced tea glasses) right after we got engaged because Waterford went out of business and she thought they wouldn’t be available when I got married.  I use my Waterford EVERY SINGLE TIME I drink a glass of wine.  No joke.  I’m a total wino and drink a glass almost every night.  I love it.  I love my wine and I love the beautiful glass I drink it out of.  The heavy Waterford crystal is SO HEAVY that I have knocked it over on a granite counter top and it hasn’t chipped and I even knocked it over a couple different times and it fell onto the carpet from a table with it not breaking.

My point is that even though I got strong armed into registering for it, I use it all the time.  While I don’t use the fine china I have received at all, I plan to whenever I have a dinner party. 

We already have a full set of Fiesta dinnerware, which I love, for everyday so we didn’t need to register for everyday china so the only dinnerware I registered for was fine china.

I hope this helps.  I really think the most important thing is if you see yourself using it.

One other point I would like to make is that very few wedding gifts last your entire life/ marriage/ and are able to be passed onto your children.  That is another wonderful thing about fine china and crystal.  Assuming you don’t break it, this is something that you will be able to pass onto your daughters that will play a roll in every family holiday and you will always think about your wedding day when you do.

 

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well, I think people should only register for china if they feel they’ll actually put it to good use, but I also feel they should register for it anyway. Things change, and life happens. You might not WANT it now, but in five years, you may NEED it and be so glad you have it!

You said you love to entertain, which is so great. 🙂 I do too, even though I’m no kind of a chef. So I say definitely go for it. If you appreciate the china’s beauty and you enjoy hosting dinners, you’ll definitely want it down the road.

Also, Lenox china, one of the oldest (if not the oldest) American china companies, offers an AMAZING program, where you can replace any registered piece for 50% off! I’m registered for a Wedgwood line that I love, but sometimes I wish I’d gone with Lenox for that option alone, lol. But there’s always Ebay, Replacements LTD online, etc etc etc! So if you do end up breaking things, there are plenty of options out there for affordable replacements. Don’t let that stop you from registering for something so beautiful and classic.

Post # 25
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118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@FinbergToBe: Depending on your storage space, I’d do at LEAST 8, but really 12 is ideal. I know a few girls who have done 10 settings and felt that that was plenty. It just depends on how big your home is, how many kids you’ll have, etc.

Post # 26
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

No fine china for me.  Instead I’m registering for really beautiful everyday dinnerware.  I don’t come from a family of heirlooms and antiques and I’ve NEVER once seen anyone I know use their china.  Decision made.

I registered for the creamy white Pottery Barn “Emma” dinnerware.  It’s lovely, timeless and super functional!

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

No fine china for me.  Instead I’m registering for really beautiful everyday dinnerware.  I don’t come from a family of heirlooms and antiques and I’ve NEVER once seen anyone I know use their china.  Decision made.

I registered for the creamy white Pottery Barn “Emma” dinnerware.  It’s lovely, timeless and super functional!

 

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve been back and forth, I love to have dinner parties but honestly.. I don’t like china (I know thats weird, maybe its because I’m 23 and have young taste). I am, however, registering for Kate Spade casual diningwear so, in my head anyways, that’s nice enough to have Kingy’s boss over.. which is the fanciest dinner we’d have anyways.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I will not be registering for China. I figure if I do want/need it I will buy it, I would like to be given gifts I am going to use frequently and get lots of use out of them. Besides, china is not my style. Plates are plates, its the food that is on them that better be awesome!

Post # 30
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m registering for “casual china”. It’s nicer than dishes I would buy for myself ($60 a place setting), and it’s dishwasher safe. And it can be dressed up or down.

Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I registed for 12 settings of Kate Spade china, $129 per place setting, and also a set of Kate Spade flatware. It is BY FAR my biggest registry obsession… but my bridal shower is tomorrow, and so far not one single piece of either has been purchased! I anticipated having to “fill in” some place settings but not all of it… on the other hand I’m seriously obsessed, like sometimes when I go to Macy’s I set up a table with my china and flatware. Sigh.

Personally I think china is a solid registry choice. I entertain a lot and I love the idea of passing it down.

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