(Closed) Gift Registry question: Are fancy fine china dishes going out of style?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 63
2041 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We have everyday dishes and fine china. We have used our china several times over our fort year of marriage. We keep it in a lovely server in our dining room.

Our set is Artesano by Villeroy and Boch.

Post # 64
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We got very nice every day dishes. I didn’t see the purpose in China, especially since I will inherit my grandmothers. Our every day dishes are from Lenox and were $100 a setting so not cheap. We felt that they could be casual or fancy. 

Post # 65
3845 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

stephanieneb :  We registered for these 🙂 Keeping it simple!


Post # 66
321 posts
Helper bee

We didn’t. I don’t come from a culture were China is a typical wedding gift anyway. Registering was such a long process for us because when you are in a store you are forced to pick something in that store. Then you go to another one and find something you like more. So we decided that if we really feel like we want fine china at some point, we will buy it when we find a set we like. But right now, we can’t store it, won’t use it and don’t want to burden anybody with the cost. Also the nice dinnerware we got, everyone love and we got it at HomeGoods. We love HomeGoods, but you can’t register there lol

Post # 67
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I use my fine wedding china everyday, and I have a friend who uses hers on a weekly basis. 

However, I made sure my fine china was easy care enough that I could use it every day (e.g. white bone china with a pretty shape but no fussy paint or gold and silver edging). I hate handwashing that much! 

The benefit to fine china over cheap stoneware is durability. My Dad and Father-In-Law are clumsy hulks who break everything they touch, and thanks to investing in this china, the worst that my plates have endured is a chip here or there. But they demolished my stoneware, glassware, heck, even my stainless steel flatware! 

My pattern is Mikasa Antique White. It looks just as good in casual as in formal settings and works with many home decorating styles – I was surprised to see it on House of Cards as the Underwood’s china pattern. I was a young bride (25 years old) whose style was cute and whimsical, and my husband’s style was kind of a mashup between rustic, craftsman, and world explorer, so our condo kind of looked like “Indiana Jones’s dad married my Grandma and we inherited all of their crap”. The china worked well in this setting. 


I’m quite a bit older now and we live in a mid-century modern home now. With age, we both somehow gravitated towards a clean and minimalist style. While I still love my sweet wedding china (that actually still works somewhat), if I was getting married at 30 I’d probably choose Mikasa Lucerne White instead: 


One day, when I have nithing better to spend money on, I’m going to treat myself to this set. 

My friend who uses her china on a weekly basis actually likes hand-washing (the freak ;-)). She has Lenox Opal Innocence. It’s so elegant and beautiful, just like her classic style. 





Post # 68
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

islandtime :  Ooh, Corelle!

I grew up with Corelle Livingware and if Darling Husband doesn’t throw too much of a fit because he can be difficult that way, I will switch out our Mikasa for it and reserve the Mikasa for holidays once we have a plate-using child! They’re so lightweight, ergonomic, and fuss-free. My family’s Corelle was Old Town Blue, kind of old-ladyish but not too bad… those plates survived three moves, the 1989 earthquake, and my Dad being himself everyday! DH’s mom had the same pattern while they were living on a boat, and it was perfect for stormy nights when the boat rocked around a lot.

Also, is it me or are there so many more stylish options for patterns nowadays? I’m crushing on this pattern, Garden Sketch Bands: http://www.corelle.com/livingware-garden-sketch-bands-16-pc-dinnerware-set/1094738.html#prefn1=serviceSetSize&prefv1=Service+for+4&start=37

Post # 71
16 posts
  • Wedding: September 2016

We don’t have a lot of space and I didn’t see the point of having two sets of dishes. Instead we chose a Denby pattern that’s nice enough to be used on good occassions, but it’s Denby, so it’s really sturdy stuff and can be used daily.

Post # 72
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We got married five years ago, and have used our china that we registered for several times a year since then (Thanksgiving, birthdays, St. Patricks Day, just because).  We have a small house (under 900 square feet), but make room for it, because we like it, and to me, it makes specail meals served on it feel even more special.  If you like it, get it.  If not, don’t.

Post # 73
135 posts
Blushing bee

My mom has made it clear that one of my future wedding gifts will be the set of fine China that my family has had over 100 years. The other set of slightly newer (about 90 years old, if you can call that newer) will go to my sister. My family currently uses one set for Christmas and the other set for Thanksgiving. The set definitely has been at least 100 times since being purchased, so it’s nice to know that it’s been handed down thru generations and will continue to be so.

I can’t see me registering for more pieces of it since a single piece costs over $100 and is way to expensive to register for for a single piece. Lol. To replace all the missing pieces it would cost close to $1000 and that is the only set of fine China I have ever liked.

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