(Closed) How many 4-piece settings do you need for everyday dinnerware?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Nooo not clueless!  I think it’s so so hard to figure this stuff out.  i think general rule of thumb is about 8-10.  My nana is giving us her china and has a 12 piece setting that she accrued throughout the years.  I think that you should factor in the size of your two families and go from there.  

Post # 4
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988 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I registered for 12 lol just in case my parents and sibling come over along with his parents and siblings. That would barely cover us.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I registered for 12 and I’m glad I did.  My dishwasher can hold them on and I like to wash dishes as infrequently as possible to save water so it’s nice to have a whole bunch of plates.  And, if we had both parents, and both siblings and spouses that’s 10 right there.  I have 12 for China too but my aunt gave us her China so we didn’t choose that amount.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - The Glen Manor House

We registered for 12 which I’m sure is complete and total overkill. But when we’re lazy and haven’t run the dishwasher in a few days I’m sure we’ll be thankful to have the extra dishes!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I registered for 12 place settings of everyday dishes and 12 place settings of china.  I like to entertain!  

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

ha! i thought i was going to be the crazy that has 12 of everything!  i feel so good that Im not! 

12 is usually overkill (all my girfriends registered for 8-10) but we have dinner parties once a month and thanksgiving at our house, so i have dishes for 25 people.

Post # 9
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803 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

PS a good rule of thumb is to get two more place settings as you have chairs around your table.  most people can fit 6, so get 8.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We have 16+ FULL sets. My mom bought me 8 for xmas one year and i got some of my gradmothers when we sold her house gotta love fiestawear cant even tell half of them are like 100 years old!

Post # 11
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950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We went with 8 (& we’re only getting everyday stuff)…we based it on our lifestyle & preferences rather than what is “expected”.  Our table fits 8, but we’ve got 6 chairs.  Our one bedroom isn’t the ideal place to entertain, so our group of friends usually go to another house for get togethers; ditto for our parents.  The two times we’ve hosted Thanksgiving, it’s been both sets of parents, his bro & SIL, & us…& that’s the largest we’ve ever hosted.  So, 8 seems about right for us.  I love to cook, but “entertaining” has never been more than 6 at our place.  If, in the future, we start entertaining more, we’ll happily buy more utensils.  Go with what works in YOUR life.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

We went with 8, but will probably end up buying more eventually. Our current table only holds 4, so we’d be hard pressed to have room for more than 8 people anyways! 

Ideally, I’d like to end up with 12 full place settings. For our nice china, my Future Mother-In-Law is gifting us a set that she has and never uses, so I have no idea how many settings are in that. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

For every day dishes, we registered for 12, but for china/fancy stuff my mom recommended registering for 13 – just for when one inevitably breaks. You don’t want to have to worry about getting the replacement if the style is discontinued! Of course, we only got 3 settings purchased for us, but 13 still seems like a good idea 🙂

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It really depends on you and your family and friends! Do you like to entertain? Do you have a lot of people that live nearby that you’d want to make a meal for all at once? Do you like the idea of having ‘back-up’ dishes in case of clumsiness? Are you planning on having a lot of children someday? Then 12 is a great idea.

 

Conversely, if you and Fiance are moving into a small home/apartment and space is limited, and you’re not seeing yourself throwing lavish, large dinner parties anytime soon, 8 sounds like a better number to me.

 

Personally, I went for 12 of everything! I have friends who have registered for 16 – 20, and they’re like ‘Even if you run out of place settings to be purchased on your registry, I’ll buy you more! You’re crazy to want such a low number!’ It cracks me up, to be honest.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re registered for 14 settings.  we currently have a service for 8 and it’s barely enough.  We’re running the dishwasher allllll the time and always running out of something.

 

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