(Closed) Gift registry for dishes

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
375 posts
Helper bee

As long as you have plenty of cheaper items on your registry, you should be fine. Don’t just register for china because it’s a tradition, but definitely register for it if you want it. I read one bee’s post where she said she didn’t register for china for some reason and later regretted it. It’s much more fun to be gifted with something like china than to purchase it down the road (which you may or may not end up doing because it’s so darn expensive!). 

Post # 3
698 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

The sales associate that helped us a BBB tried so hard to get us to register for china, but it’s just not something that Fiance and I are interested in.  If you genuinely want both, keep it on the registry!  I’m personally not interested in having it, so we didn’t. 🙂  If you felt bad you could always take the crystal off, too.

Post # 4
11519 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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MissBoots:  we didn’t register for fine china, we just went with everyday dishes.  I wish we’d chosen the Sophie Coran Portmerion but we didn’t. 

We are getting my parents wedding china at some point which is why we didn’t register for it.  That and we’ll hardly ever use it.

We didn’t register for Crystal either.  My parents had an entire set and it was almost never used.

Post # 5
992 posts
Busy bee


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MissBoots:  I would never look at someone’s registry and go, “they registered for both china and everyday dinenrware?! How dare they!”

For Fiance & I, China wasn’t really on our list of things we thought we would ever use (and just like PP, it took a lot of convincing to get the BBB lady to just let us register for only everyday dinnerware), but that doesn’t mean that we would ever find it odd for someone else to want it. Worst case scenario is that you just don’t get it, which really is no big deal…if it is something you want, you can use any cash you get along with your registry completion discount. I say go for it!

Post # 6
910 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


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MissBoots:  I did not register for fine china.  I think it is a waste of space and frankly most people do not use it.  I have been to many dinner parties in the last few years and I have never eaten off of fine china.  I think it is better to register for items that you really need or want to upgrade. 

Post # 7
612 posts
Busy bee

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MissBoots:  We did not register for fine china, but we did register for 2 different sets. One is a nicer bone “china” from Crate and Barrel (the marin collection – 16 pc set is $125) to use when guests come over and holidays. The other is a simple everyday set for us (such a great deal from target 16 pc set for $60). If your everyday dinnerware is a 4pc set for $50, I wouldn’t bother with fine china, IMO. Plus if you have waterford crystal..

I def. wouldn’t shop for china if you don’t need/want it just for traditions sake. People will buy it, then you decide you don’t want it, return it, and they might wonder where it is when they come over.

I would register for a wide range of things though. I had 2 or 3 $250+ items and got all of them, 3 or 4 $150+, and the rest was under $100. We didn’t put anything under $5. Yes, you can use your registry completion to get what you don’t get, but we actually decided using their 20% off and $10 off coupons were a better deal if you buy things one by one. Just a thought.

Post # 8
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We did not register for china, as we knew we wouldn’t use it. We have a hutch to put things in, but it’s already pretty full with wine glasses and other keepsakes.

We went with some pretty basic white corelle plates that we know won’t break and we’ll be able to use for years. I think they came from Target, as nothing from BBB caught our eyes or wasn’t super heavy.

We got, I would say, 97% of our registry from BBB and everything was a wide variety of prices. So, you’ll either get them… or you won’t.

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