(Closed) Did you register for Fine China?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 31
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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amoore2:  We haven’t because we’re already inheriting a few sets that are stored at my parent’s house because we don’t have the room for them.  In addition we almost never do entertaining (possibly because we live in a cramped one-bedroom apt right now).  All that being said I really really want to.  There’s something about getting a really nice set that matches us and who we are that I really like.  It’s the battle between defining us and tradition. Tradition won out, at least for now…

Post # 32
2843 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have 2 complete sets of fine china. I love it. 

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Post # 33
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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. 

Post # 35
1530 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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!


Post # 36
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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.

Post # 37
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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. 


Post # 38
430 posts
Helper bee

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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.

Post # 39
14179 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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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