Post # 17
Our everyday dishes were $35 per setting at Crate & Barrel (12 settings). Our Waterford china was $135 a setting (12 settings). We got all of our dishes in both sets before the wedding.
It all depends on your tastes and what you will use in the future. Don’t be afraid of having pricey things on your registry! If someone doesn’t want to spend that amount, they won’t. You’re not forcing anyone to spend any amount of money.
Post # 18
@retroindigo: $50 per setting is a steal so long as the quality is good and it will last you. People want to give you a nice gift that you’ll actually get a lot of use of. Don’t feel bad.
Our fine china was $139 a place setting and our everyday plates were $50 for 4 4 peice placesettings. We got 2 of those in order to serve 8.
Post # 19
I’m definitely putting everyday AND formal china on my list. I haven’t narrowed my selection, but my everyday contenders are $80-125 and fine china contenders are $130-280. I have to admit that I am also in love with the prohibitively expensive “Darley Abbey” from Royal Crown Derby at $470 a setting… and very torn. Getting that one would mean a few individual pieces and not a full set… while with the others a full set could be within reach. *shrugs*
Post # 20
So, it seems that everyone has or is ordering cheaper everyday stuff (like $30 a setting or less) and then more expensive real china. When I said china, i didn’t mean like $150/setting real china. I guess I just mean dishwear. I do want to entertain when we eventually get a house and want nice dishes for that, but I also don’t see a need to be eating off super expensive plates everyday. What type of dishes do you think are the best quality?
This is the one we registered for, just because it was white/simple. But I don’t feel like the bowls would be good for cereal or stuff like that since they seem shallow. And, there’s no reviews online for it.
Do you think I should stick with this for my “formal” dishes or find something that’s more durable than stoneware? Or use this everday?
Or should I find something more affordable for every day stuff? – Like a set of 4 for like $80? Like this? http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=104468&RN=554&
I agree with one of the other posters that I might want to change up my patterns for everyday dishes in the future. But since we dont’ have a house yet, I’m reluctant to committ to a color for more expensive plates. White is fine with me, plus it makes the food look nice.
Post # 21
We decided to go with the Aspen set from Crate and Barrel, $16.95 for a 5-piece set (two plates, shallow bowl, teacup and saucer). Like @retroindigo, I thought the shallow bowl wasn’t good for cereal or some types of soup, so we added the deeper bowl at $4.95.
I have mixed feelings regarding fine china. My mom only started collecting nice china a few years ago, so growing up we didn’t use super nice dishes on holidays or anything. (We do now, and it’s fun!) We decided to go for some nice everyday dishes, and maybe buy china on our own when we’re older and more settled.
I already feel ridiculous/self-judgmental enough for registering for 12 place settings instead of 8 as I originally was going to… I don’t think we even have 12 friends. LOL.
Post # 22
We just got casual dinnerware- no formal china. It works out to be about $12.50 a place setting for super casual stuff from Crate and Barrel.
Post # 23
I think your choice is reasonable, especially since BBB always has coupons! Your guests will feel like they’re getting a great deal on something nice.
Post # 24
We registered for “casual” china at BB&B, and it’s $30/place setting. The place settings are really nice, and we’re excited, but we don’t feel bad about the cost either. So far four of the eight have been purchased, so hopefully we’ll get the others as well and not have to go out and buy them ourselves!
Post # 25
We’re more casual people, so we skipped the fine china. Our place settings are 4 for about $170. And yet they are awesome.
Post # 26
We are registering for Monique Lhuillier china which is $138 for a five piece set (dinner plate, salad plate, bread plate, cup, and saucer). I don’t expect anyone to buy eight sets of it and it’s really there for the more well-off guests who want to buy us a nicer gift (e.g., my FIL’s friends)
Post # 27
I must be really cheap! We didnt register for fine china, didnt feel the need to or desire to use anything that expensive. I rather have guest purchase other things for us to use. Our dishes are just cheap Corelle, 4 settings for like $30. They’re light, durable, and stack so flat… love them and have never wanted anything else.
Post # 28
Target, 70 bucks for a 4 piece setting.
I would never use fine china… EVER.
Post # 29
Which pattern? I went with Modern Love which is $170 here. I haven’t received any yet and very few stores have it! I really want to see the coloured pieces, I’ve only seen them online so far.
Post # 30
For every day stuff, we are collecting Fiestaware…it’s fantastic!
Post # 31
We registered for “casual china”, it is $59 per place setting on Macy’s sale (which is going on almost always). $86 regular price.