(Closed) Did you register for Fine China?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 16
14161 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I didn’t register, but a close relative started us out with a nice  number of place settings as a wedding gift and we were gifted or purchased the rest over time. My advice, if you entertain, is to think ahead, even if you don’t think you will get much use of them right now. I got a pattern that is simple and classic so that it has been very easy to mix or match. 

Post # 17
4367 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Fiance and I opted to not register for “fine china” for a couple of reasons. One, we are collecting mismatched china for the wedding, so after that we will have a setting for 95…which pretty much covers all bases for us forever. Additionally, we are probably not going to be the “Holiday Meal” type of house, as I expect my parents or older sister will monopolize that aspect of life. And lastly, we just simply won’t be entertaining that much, so it seems like such a waste of money for someone to spend on a china setting. We instead will fill our registry with items we will get more use out of.

The only thing I do find myself longing for a little bit is a good set of Christmas china (doesn’t necessarily have to be super fancy), but I know from experience what a total pain it is to use it.

Post # 18
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We didn’t- we won’t have the storage space or the use for if for quite some time, and we’re more interested in replacing our IKEA dinnerware with nicer Crate&Barrel settings. I think my mom has two sets of fine china, and I’ve never even seen it. I should look when I go home for Memorial Day!

Also, what I really really wanted was the All-Clad set, which was $700 (and someone bought it! I can’t believe it!). 

Post # 19
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

nope. i inherited my great grandparents’ china 5 or 6 years ago. it needs to be cleaned, but it’s still in fantastic shape. once it arrived from florida, we put it in padded china holder things, and it’s been packed safely in two moving boxes. i didn’t bother with crystal, because we’re not crystal people. and i’ll eventually get a set of silver from somewhere, so we didn’t register for silver either. i looked at silver- holy shit that stuff is expensive.

we did register for regular dishes (fiestaware) though. and a nice set of flatware. 

Post # 20
2942 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We did not sign up for fine china.  I have three reasons.  

Right now our kitchen space has barely enough room to hold the things that we DO use frequently.  I am already afraid of finding room for things we will need in the future like bottles, sippy cups and all the rest of the stuff that kids bring. 

We also regsistered for nice every day plates.  I much rather these be bought.  I think long term, I will be much happier with these. 

The most important reason to me is that my mom and my Future Mother-In-Law each have fine china.  We will probably have first crack at taking BOTH of these sets off their hands when they down size.  Both of these sets have high sentimental value, as they were from my Fiance and my grandparents.

We did register for a lot of serve wear for entertaining that is not fine china.  Large glass salad bowls, trays, roast carving board.   To me, these are more important to entertaining than having fancy plates.  Most of the time when we do have people over, it tends to be for breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, or grilling out.  None of these are “fancy plate” meals. 

Post # 21
1554 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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amoore2:  we registered for 12 place settings and a few serving dishes.

We intend to host thanksgiving and christmas and easter in the future for our family, and I love a well set table. We were recently married (5/3/2014) and had a couple friends over for game night and pizza the other night. Totally busted out the china for pizza. That’s just because it’s new, but I’m hoping to create a nice weekly or bi-weekly dinner at the house for us and use it then.

We already have a bunch of casual dinnerware, so we really didn’t need more of the everyday plate settings.

Post # 22
9120 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Nope, we just registered for every-day settings which I LOVE.  We like to host people but we’re not fancy-plate kind of people, even for Christmas, so it seemed totally unnecessary.  My husband is also very anti- random unused stuff accumulating in our house, which is fine by me.

Post # 23
9639 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

my mom is giving me her fine china so i didn’t register for it.  i did register to fill in the crystal glasses of the set my mom was giving me that i didn’t have.

i also was given a set of black dishes that i will use as my “nice” dishes.  but i registered for a set of white dishes that i use for every day.


Post # 24
1097 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We were all over the place with china too! Here’s our journey through the process:

We registered in person at Crate & Barrel, Macy’s & Bed Bath and Beyond. At C&B, we found a place setting I LOVED — the Staccato. We registered for that for everyday eating. When we went to Macy’s, we looked at fine china but didn’t register for anything. Honestly, it’s expensive and I didn’t even like the look of it (too formal and fancy for my taste — obviously it goes with the territory though). Our registry consultant at BB&B guided us through picking china and we registered for it at the time. We found something we both could agree on and liked enough. After all, we wanted something nice for when we entertain didn’t we? And though we don’t need it right now, surely we will in the future?

Fast forward a few weeks after that: wait, Staccato is porcelain which is considered china. It’s plain and simple and can be using through the decades. C&B has also had the design for a long time and likely won’t get rid of it in case we need extra pieces in the future (if something breaks). It can be used for everyday and for nicer occasions! So we scrapped the fine china from our BB&B registry and kept with the Staccato. I honestly think it was the best solution for us and I’m glad the debate was settled once and for all for us!

Post # 25
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014


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LilLis:  Hummm the store had a couple of the serving pieces and if I recall correctly asked for 2 minimum of each… probably because of the size!  It is a beautiful pattern!  I love the idea of having the parents over and gifting them the wedding album… I am going to borrow that idea from you 🙂

I am going to look up your other pieces, I am sure they are perfect 🙂

Post # 26
597 posts
Busy bee

Nope. We registered for only basic, but nice, china from crate and barrel. We figured we really aren’t in the position to be hosting parties any time soon that would require them. We were more concerened about getting stuff that we need/would use now and will buy them on our own if we really need them!

Post # 27
2997 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

definitely not. They tried hard selling us on the fine china and I wanted no part of it.

Post # 28
3667 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

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amoore2:  I had china befor eI got married a long time ago. I love china.

But let me give you advice:

  • Fageddabut “place settings.” Don’t get coffe cups and saucers, they are useless and are impossible to store.
  • Get multiple dinner plates, salad plates, and dessert plates. Consider choosing a dinner plate that will work in tandem with pretty salad plates of a different pattern: this is more interesting than everything being the same
  • You could also get plain white, cream, of clear dessert plates
  • Salad plates are a GREAT size for multiple uses. They are perfect for buffet plates and brunch plates. I use a LOT of the salad plates. I would get 2X as many salad as dinner plates
  • Don’t invest is the high priced serving pieces. Formal chinaware is either white or cream base color: so get the serving pieces in either of those shades
  • Do not for the love of god feel that you have to “display” it. That’s bourgeoisie

But if you don’t love dishes, maybe you shouldn’t bother getting formal china ware. If the idea of switching out dinnerware doesn’t seem fun, you may not be cut out to own multiple patterns. After books, chinaware is the biggest b*tch to move, so consider that.


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Post # 29
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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MrsTickledPink:  Small world, I registered for the same pattern, but I skipped the serving dishes due to cost.  The dishes themselves are beautiful though.

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amoore2:  We chose to register for china mostly because we have two fully functional 4-piece sets of casual dinnerware that we’re fine with, but if we want to serve dinner to more than 4 people we end up mismatched.  Which is no big deal to me for casual dinners but if I’m ever having a fancy dinner then I’d want the dishes to match.  So we figured either replace our casual china with a full set of 12 settings or keep the dishes we have and get a set of fine china.  It cost more to get the fine china but I rationalized it because it kept me from replacing something I already had.

More accurately and less rationally, I like shiny things, and I always got excited at Christmas when we’d break out the fine china, which was a gift my parents received at their wedding.  Nostalgia is so expensive…

Post # 30
1325 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

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amoore2:  For us, even big family holidays are casual-dish affairs.  And there are far more than 8 people (try 30+). At over $100 per place setting, we decided to pass and register for some things that we’d use every day instead.  Yes, people don’t get you everything, but I’d rather ask for things I want and would use.  It all depends on what your social circle is like.

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