(Closed) Did You Register For China? – My experience so far

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Did You Register for China?

    Yes because I wanted to

    Yes because my family/friends suggested it

    Yes but I felt uncomfortable because it's not "me"/"us"

    No

  • Post # 32
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We didn’t mostly because my Fiance thought it was a waste.

    Post # 33
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Yes, and it’s sitting in boxes in my basement. I don’t know why we registered for it. I’m not the hostess type. 

    Oh and did I mention we registerd for 4 sets and got 12!?

    Post # 34
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I recieved my mothers china set I will not need to register for any. I have used it maybe 5 times in the last ten years so I couldn’t see buying more or a different pattern. I also do remeber as a child using the china for holidays and such, seems like it used to be more a part of tradition that it is these days. I hope to pass that on when I have children of my own. I think it is a good investment for those who don’t have any and would actually use it.

    Post # 35
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We didn’t want China, so we didn’t get any.  Very glad that we went that route, it really doesn’t fit our lifestyle and I’m almost certain that our guests would not have spent that much money (based off of what we did get).  

    Post # 36
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think you can go well either way. Accent pieces are definitely a great way to ‘try it out’. You can then buy a set off Replacements.com or from Lenox if you want it. But whenever I get to a point where I think “I want china” I type “fine china” or “china plates” into Craigslist and look at all the unwanted, homeless china in the world. Just remember, you can probably get a set for $300 easy later when you might want it.

    That being said, we are splitting the middle of the debate. We registered for white bone china plates and bowls. Bone china is very durable and white is very useful for a long time. I added some holiday accent plates and I think this will be good enough for us long term. That being said, I’m most likely inheriting china and silver, so I ended up asking for crystal (also off Craigslist). We can either use our nice, everyday bone china plates with it, or my inherited china. My Fiance loves to entertain and has been excited about the china, even though he comes from a Corelle family. So don’t feel guilty and just register for it if you might like it (keeping in mind it might come before that vacuum you need, so maybe wait until the stuff you really really need is bought?)

    Post # 37
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I just googled the chirp set to see it (very cute!) and this discount site popped up: http://www.smithschina.com/Lenox/Chirp_by_lenox.htm.  I don’t know if you can register there (I doubt it)- but maybe you could use one of those whole-internet registries or something like that to make the items cheaper for your guests? 

    Post # 38
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My husband and I received 10 place settings in the Chirp Pattern as a wedding gift and i love it!  I didnt register for china because I thought it was frivolous and never thought we’d use them. We use them as fancy dinner and everyday plates, in fact i ended up taking the everyday set that we had registered for back because i just wanted to use them all the time. Theyre super durable (almost as much so as corelle), they go through the dishwasher nicely (i have no desire to handwash china) they can go in the microwave and the freezer!

    Post # 39
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I wasn’t going to register for China but my Mother insisted that I did. She said that I would regret it and that I would wish that I had it for entertaining. I ended up falling love with this Kate Spade china set at Macys. So thats what we registered for. I think I registered for 8 settings. I’m worried that I’m not going to get all of them and then I’m not going to want to go purchase the rest of the sets that I need. But I’ll attach a picture so you can see. Plus we have like NO WHERE in my house to store them haha! 

    Post # 40
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I lived together with a guy several years ago. We broked up partly because he didn’t believe in marriage and I was not ready for having kids. All of my sisters are married and none of them registered for china. So it was very strange for my family when I as a single woman started to collect my own expensive china. For them it was just a weird idea and a waste of money. I admit it had something to do with me being sad after the break up. But who cares what people say? I love having dinner parties! Smile

    Post # 41
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    No- only a casual dining set for us! I went with Denby Jet Stripes. 

    My mom has her own set, my great grandmothers set, and my grandmother on my dads side set. Plus my grandmother is still with us and has hers, and my Future Mother-In-Law has two two sets (she only has two kids, my fiancé and FSIL)! I would much rather have a set that was passed down. 

    Post # 42
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I had to google to see what the big fuss was about re: the Chirp pattern.

    It really is beautiful. The pieces are all on sale at Macy’s right now…

     

    Post # 43
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We are sort of straddling the fence in regards to registering for china.  

    I have a nice set of 4 casual plates/salad plates/bowls and mugs.  FI makes handmade pottery so we have beautiful handcrafted bowls galore.  We don’t really need more causal stuff.

    However, we do expect to have dinner parties and invite more than 1 couple over so we need to have something that looks nice and matches for a crowd.

    We opted to go with Mikasa Antique White – to us, it looks and feels a little fancy like china, but it’s much lower maintenance and it cost $199 for service for 8 (and $35 for each additional place setting) instead  over $100 for just one place setting.  We also asked for a few extra place settings and service peices.  

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