- 7 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
I have 2 complete sets of fine china. I love it.
We are sort of splitting the difference. I inherited my mom’s china, so I don’t really need an additional set, plus it’s SO expensive that I’d feel guilty. But I have selected a pattern and will be placing two place settings on our registry so my fiancé and I will have a special set of dinnerware for romantic meals and to remind us of our wedding.
Wow, thanks for all of the advice ladies!!! I wasnt expecting so much input! I think the patern I am leaning towards is a nice inbetween. Not too formal or expensive, and we could use more often for casual get togethers with friends. I might keep our current every day dishes to limit the wear and tear on the nice new dishes. I just feel guilty registering for something that I probably wouldnt buy on my own. I should also probably check to see what my mom plans to do with her china when they eventually sell the house and move to smaller space…maybe I might be able to score some china after all!
I was on the fence about registering for fine china – but my mom convinced me. So I ended up registering for both fine china and casual everyday dinnerware. More guests bought the fine china than that casual dinnerware actually. Right now our china is boxed up and in our bar since we dont have a hutch in our dining room yet to display it. I am actually really happy that we registered for it!
Nope! I have at least two sets coming to me from my grandmother and my mom, and I would never, ever, ever use anything I need to hand wash. Period. If it ain’t dishwasher safe, I don’t want it!
We did register for really nice Noritake stoneware dishes, which we use every single day, and we LOVE. They’re a little off-beat, they’re the square slate blue ones, but they are 100% our style, they look great in our hunter green dining room, and the quality is just top-notch.
We wanted nice place settings, but honestly, everyone I know who has “fine china” 1. Has nowhere to put it 2. is scared to use it, or never have occasions to use it, so it never gets used.
We registered for very nice dinnerware (at over $200 a place setting), that we will be using as our every day dinnerware. I saw no need to get anything over that. We will also use it when we have parties and such b/c it is also pretty formal.
I have two sets of fine china. One is a family heirloom made by Meißen in Saxony which had belonged to my greatgrandmother, and another set by Royal Worcester (Serendipity) which is very clean white fine bone china. I rarely use the Meißen because of its age and delicacy. My greatgrandmother was born in 1886 and received this set as a wedding present in 1907, so it’s more than 100 years old and can’t be replaced. I have used it for an occasional afternoon tea, but I always worry about breaking something.
However, we use the Serendipity on a regular basis. We entertain a fair bit and dress for dinner once or twice per week, thus it was clear that we’d need proper china. I also have crystal and sterling silver cutlery.
I would say that if you are thinking about it at all, you should consider fine china. You may not do much entertaining now, but it’s something you can definitely “grow into.” It doesn’t have to be for formal or holiday entertaining only, either. I use mine for luncheons, birthdays, dinner guests etc. I’ve never believed in letting nice things collect dust!
A classic pattern will never go out of style and since there are always other priorities later on, if you have the chance, I’d start collecting now. Many beautiful patterns can go into the dishwasher with no problem.
We did not register, but a very close relative started us out with a few sets and added to it every year on our anniversary.
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