(Closed) Did you register for China?

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Did you register for china?
    Yes, and I am glad I did : (37 votes)
    30 %
    Yes, but looking back I wish I had not : (4 votes)
    3 %
    No and I am fine with that : (83 votes)
    67 %
    No and I wish I had : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We didn’t register for china, but we registered for a nice set of everyday dishes instead.  We don’t host fancy dinner parties, but our everyday set is nice enough to have people over and have decent, matching dishes for our guests.

    Post # 4
    Member
    9142 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I did not register for china for my first wedding because I thought it was a waste to register for things I would never use.  In all of my 28 years on this earth I have been been to someone’s house where they used actual china for a dinner party or holiday.  It just sits in cabinets collecting dust and aging until it’s passed down to a daughter or granddaughter to continue it’s dusty existence.  I do not regret not registering, especially since I notice in my area that many of the couples that do register for it don’t end up getting much of it.  The only thing worse than a useless set of china is useless odds and ends or only one or two place settings.

    Unless your guests actually have the money to purchase china (and they actually do, look at registries with china to see what is getting purchased), I say to register for more practical everyday stuff.

    Post # 5
    Member
    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We registered for some Fiestaware dishes, but I don’t consider those ‘china’ either.  Since we can use those everyday.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1815 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I ended up inheriting the china that my parents received at their wedding (along with the china cabinet) so that will be it for our fancy dishes. They are a very very very faint mint color with gold trim and some white. Very pretty and not tacky like a lot of other stuff from 1980 😛

    We did register for some nice everyday dishes, though. Dishes are one of those items from your registry that you likely will keep for a very very long time, unlike bed sets, so we felt justified splurging on a nice set from Crate & Barrel.

    Post # 7
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    3686 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We weren’t planning on it, but Future Mother-In-Law and Future Sister-In-Law were horrified when we told them that. We chose a nice pattern at a reasonable price (for china), although no one has actually bought any of it yet! I’ve been picking up cheap serving pieces off eBay and now I’m worried that no one will actually buy the place settings and we’ll be stuck with this stuff!

    Post # 8
    Member
    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    No.  We’d never use it.

    Post # 9
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    1497 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We’re not registering for anything, because we’re moving 🙁

    But if we move up to NYC, my fiance’s dad is giving us his china.

    Post # 10
    Member
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee

    We registered for china, and we just used it for the first time for Easter. I’m really happy that we did it, and I’m delighted with the pattern we chose. It’s simple, and it was not expensive as far as china is concerned; dishwasher safe, and with no metallic paint or anything like that. It did make our Easter dinner nice and special, though, and I’m happy to have it.

    In my family, we do host holiday get-togethers where we use our china (and they’re often extended-family events with 30-40 people, so we end up needing to use several sets of dishes to accommodate everyone.) I expect to use this set for that kind of thing in the future, when we have kids and my siblings bring all the cousins over.

    Post # 11
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    2604 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @Itsallcomingtogether:  Well, here’s my rather conflicting and confusing feelings on the matter. 

    The simple answer is yes, I registered for it and yes, I’m glad I have it.

    The long answer is this: I was married previously when I was very young and never did/had any of the traditional wedding stuff including “good” china.  So when I married again, I determined that I wanted to have it and am glad I do.  I have and will use it for nice / holiday dinners at our house. 

    That said – china is hella expensive.  I actually bought several of my serving peices on ebay which saved me a lot but its still pretty expensive!  I suppose had we not got it, we may have got more cash that we could have used toward other things – but then again – maybe not!

    On the other hand, I also know that had I not registered for the china as a wedding gift, I, personally, would have never spent the money for a full set – its just too big an outlay of cash.  So, if you want it or even think you might later, go ahead and do it now! 

    Hope this helps!

    Post # 12
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    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We did but nothing extremely expensive.  We registered at BBB and for a five piece set it was $50. They always have 20% off coupons so someone can get the five piece set for $40. 

    Post # 13
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    1213 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2004

    I registered for China and I love it…. Unfortunately, it’s all still in the boxes and I have never used it before.  We will be married 5 years in May.  Perhaps it’s time to take it out and use it for a special dinner!!

    Post # 14
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    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Yes, but I hadn’t planned on it. I felt like it was silly, but then I found a pattern I fell in love with and had to have it. I do love the tradition and I’m big into making beautiful holiday tables so it is probably a good thing that I decided to register for it in the end.

    Post # 15
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    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We didn’t register for china because I knew we would never use it. We don’t entertain and if we did, we would use our regular dinner plates. They are super cute!

    Post # 16
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    3766 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Yes, I did register for china, reluctantly. Both my mom and DH’s told me I’d regret it. I debated it for a long time and decided, what the heck. I have an old china cabinet that was my Grandmother’s, so I have the perfect storage space.

    I ended up falling in love with the pattern I chose. I only got three settings, but I really do like them and they look beautiful in my cabinet. I’m so practical, and this is against my nature, but it’s nice having it. I think my Mother-In-Law will be buying us settings as holiday gifts, so we’ll see if we get more.

    The practical side of me is of course reeling at the idea of never using the china, so I’m going to make a point of it, at least for Darling Husband and I until we get more settings.

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