(Closed) Did you register for China?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We considered it, but discussed how often we’d use a $50+ dollar setting (x8-12 to feed our families when they visit or when we entertain, which I see as the point of china, anyway) vs a wii, a nicer kitchen gift like a mixer, or tools for making that delicious food to serve while having guests.

We decided we’d rather register for cheaper dishware @ Target so that we can change up the style every once in a while and donate the old, rather than having to purchase a $10-20 plate to complete a set if we break one. I totally would love to have a lovely set of china, but it’s not worth subbing it out for other gifts we’d prefer to have instaed that we’d use much more often.

ETA- My grandpa has a ton of china that is never used, especially after my grandma passed. And Mr.ND is an only child, so whatever gets passed to his parents from grandparents will end up ours as well. I’d rather have family items if they choose to gift those to us.

Post # 4
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Oddly, china was the one of the things I was looking forward to registering for the most (That and a Kichenaid Mixer lol).

I have fond childhood memories of my mother’s china, which she got when she got married. She would take it out on holidays, special occasions, birthdays… and I always dreamed that one day I would get my own set of special dishes when I got married, lol. I’m weird like that.

This is the set we registered for. All 10 settings we asked for have already been purchased, yay!!

We also registered for the matching serving dishes and gravy boat, ect. 

Post # 5
2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

At first we weren’t going to register for any china, but after going to BBB and talking to the bridal registry department, we went ahead and registered for some. We chose a plain white pattern.

Post # 6
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We didn’t. Our family is larger than 12 people so it wasn’t like I would ever be able to use if for a holiday and we aren’t very fancy people to be having high end dinner parties. I think some patterns are beautiful but I’m much more or a practical person.

Post # 7
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We’re not registering for actual china because my grandmother gifted me with some before she passed away. We have never, ever used it. It’s not exactly our style plus we’re just not “set the table with the good china and crystal” type people. We are, however, registering for some nicer than our every day, plain white Pier 1 dishes for special occasions.

Post # 8
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I registered for Waterford Lismore Butterfly! I’m do glad I did, my grandmother actually decided she was giving us our China for our wedding present and purchased every piece of our set! I was worrieat when we first registered no one would buy anything now all I need is our Waterford Steamware.

Post # 9
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My mother wants me to register for China in a bad way – I feel like I’ll probably do it, but I can’t find one for cheaper than $130 a setting. 


I think maybe I’ll register, then see how many I get.  If I don’t get enough, I’ll return them and pick out something I can use.  If I’m close, I’ll try and buy out the remaining settings.

Post # 10
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

When I got married I wasn’t really sure if I should register for China or not.  Keep in mind that Darling Husband and I didn’t live together before marriage and we both need ‘basics’.  I talked it over with my grandma and she told me not to because when I got a home she would just give me her china.  Fair enough.  Also DH’s mom has lots of china also and I’m sure someday we’ll inheirt that. 

I have started my Christmas China collection on my own. 

To sum it up, I’m glad I didn’t register for China because everything we got we needed and honestly I’d have no place to put it.



Post # 13
2981 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

No, we didn’t register for China mainly b/c we don’t have anywhere to put it! We don’t have a dining room with a hutch or a china cabinet in the kitchen, so we just registered for nice 16 pc. everyday dinnerware and a nice modern looking silverware set, both from BB&B.


Post # 14
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If we do, it will be stoneware from Target.

Post # 15
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We registered for Royal Doulton Platinum Silk, and ended up with all of it after we applied cash and gift cards to the set.  Still working on the silverware, but those were basically the only two things that we chose.  

We wanted our wedding gifts to have longevity, plus we already own virtually everything we could want.  The upgrades idea didn’t work either, for example my blender is pretty awesome, so I’d want a Vitamix instead, which is ~$350… so not realistic.  Most everything else has been purchased new within the past 3 years.

We also randomly use the nice stuff, when we make a decently good meal usually.  

I know that china just doesn’t make sense for a lot of people.  Honestly, don’t do it if you feel pressured and feel that you’ll never use it!!  For us, it was a great fit.  For my brother, for example, he’ll be in year 8/8 for school after they’re married and his fiancee will be in her second year of work (hopefully she gets on full time as a teacher next year!).  They are in need of lots of basics and china seems quite frivolous, plus they don’t think they’ll use it.

Post # 16
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@SaraP2012: I’ll check out BBB.  The reason I haven’t looked there yet is because the enarest store is anhour away from where I live.  Do you know if they do an online registry?

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