(Closed) How do you choose a china pattern?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@SpecialSundae:  Are you chosing it online?  Is this formal china or everyday?

My biggest piece of advice is to go to a store that specialises in china.  You don’t have to register there, but they can help you narrow down your choices.  This is especially helpful if you are bringing your Fiance with you because the sales person can (hopefully) help you find something that you both like, match it to existing flatware/crystal whatever.  I speak from experience.  🙂  We had a difficult time merging styles and I wanted my formal china to work with formal china that I’m inheriting…which created some problems.

The other element that I wish I had played more attention to is the length of time a pattern has been in production.  Today, a lot of patterns seem to be so trendy that the designers decide to stop producing them.  My pattern, while being pretty classic (it’s Whiteworks by Jasper Conran for Wedgewood) is already discontinued!  So, we tried to stock up in case of breakage.  If you go for a long-standing pattern, you’ll have a better chance of it sticking around.

I’m not sure about cost per plate, but as a reference point: our 5-piece place settings were $150 CDN and we received all 10 place settings. 

What pattern are you thinking of??  

(can you tell that I love formal china and place-settings in general?!  :D)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Could you look up or ask previously married couples in your family how much their pattern was and whether their china was purchased for them?  A good way to gauge the relative affordability of your pattern is if you assume only a few people buy you place settings, are you willing to shell out the rest of the money to complete the set? 

Post # 6
Bee
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

We registered for 12 place settings of formal china as well (and flatware and multiple sizes of crystal). 

I think that you shouldn’t pick it based on price. China is expensive in general. Pick a pattern that you like and will be around for a while. 

We picked ours because it was very classic and wouldn’t go out of style, and we wouldn’t hate it in 20 years!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We picked one we thought looked good? LOL! We also picked the pattern we did because it’s “nice” enough that we can use it for company, but it’s not too fancy for everyday use. (We chose “Vera Wang Naturals” in Leaf, FYI.)

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@SpecialSundae:  I would choose based on my lifestyle. If you are a fancy girl get fancy serving china, if you are more likely to host a laid back affair get something more casual. Choose a color and pattern that you love and thats timeless. I also like mismatched china for an event like Sunday brunch, so choose a pattern/ color that you can match things with in the future. Of course, try to set a budget. China can be expensive, its really no need to eat off $1,000 plates unless you are hosting the President and First Lady. As much as I respect and adore Michelle, I doubt if she is coming to any of my events:0)

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We also registered for 12 place settings. We picked china that had silver on it, because I wanted something neutral that would fit with any occassion!

Post # 10
Bee
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

@Alleycat:  Ours is platinum too! Which still looks classy but is less fancy fancy than gold in my opinion. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@SpecialSundae:  It’s beautiful and very formal; I likes it.  🙂

I think that you should go for it and definitely register for the 12 place settings.  A lot of older people like to gift things like this and I know, for myself, that I would rather give a couple something permanent (like china) rather than cash.  

I do agree with PPs who ask whether you’d buy this for yourself if you only receive a couple of plates- I think that’s a good measure of cost.  

Post # 12
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191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@SpecialSundae:  My biggest suggestion is to look at patterns in person. The patterns that I liked online were not my favorite in the store.

Post # 14
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1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Fiance and I were in Bed Bath and Beyond, and this set was on display.  I looked at it, loved it, asked him his opinion (he didn’t care) so I scanned it.  The 100% best part is the price – $200 for a set of 42 pieces.  Yes, I know formal china normally costs alot more, but this is what we feel is in range for our guests.  I also registered for a few side pieces.  Also, the pattern has been around for awhile, and replacements should be easy to find.  http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?BRN=1&sku=18118092&

Post # 15
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Helper bee

what you picked out, if i see correctly , is neutral (there were several patterns on the link)  so, in that vein, pick out something neutral..like what you want, or  this  http://www.amazon.com/Lenox-Solitaire-Platinum-Banded-5-Piece-Setting/dp/B00006IZVZ

 

and then if you want to add to it, find something in a similar color with edgeing, and you can mix and match anything from the thrift stores you find.  anything bone colored with silver or platinum in it will do, whether it is a floral pattern or whatever you see!  i love china. espeically that i find in goodwill.

the above is my mother’s pattern i hope to inherit. i think it’s so classic and beautiful. 

edited for stupid spelling errors not intended.

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