(Closed) How Many Dinnerware Sets?

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think 12 is a good number.  It’s enough that you can entertain a fairly decent sized group of people, but not so many that you’ll have no place to put it.  I’m also not registering for any fine china  — I live in an apartment with no extra space to store it, and it’s not worth the huge expense for something that will only decorate a future house and be used rarely.  I’m registering for new sets of every day dishes — nice quality, but not going to break the bank, either. 

As for the material, you and Fiance should go to a store and actually look at them to decide which ones fit in your taste!

Post # 5
1229 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Cem0930:  Sounds like Fiestaware might be a good fit for you.    Also, I think 12 place settings is plenty.  I getting 16 only because 16 was cheaper than 12, lol.

Post # 6
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have 12 sets of my good everyday dishes.  It is the perfect number.  I also recommend registering for 2 of each serving piece (e.g. 2 platters, 2 big bowls) because if you host a party it is nice to put food on the table in/on matching dishes and you always need a couple of each.  I’ve had my Crate & Barrel set for 11 years and it is still used all of the time.  The only thing we NEVER use are the mugs.

Post # 7
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

12 is fine. Even if you have 16 people over, you can always go out and get additional settings, especially if he’s ok with mix-and-match.

Does he like cream? I have Classic Century from Crate & Barrel- love it  and use it as my everyday dishes.

Post # 8
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t really know about the dinner wear sets, we got two sets with 4 place setts each and that’s always been plenty. As for the casual china… I also didn’t want fine china, I got Fiesta ware instead! It comes in every color you can think of! We got one place setting in each color and it looks so pretty! You can use them as everyday plates too and I think your Fiance would love it because there is no white to be seen!



Post # 9
1525 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We did 8, because for the home we’re in now (and for the foreseeable future, possibly into the first child) we can’t entertain more than 4-6 for a sit down dinner. Just no space.

I figure whenever we move, we can add to the set.

Post # 11
6377 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’d agree with the PP’s and say 12 should suffice. We only registered for 8. Our immediate families combined are only 8 people (including 1 infant) so we figured that would be enough for us. If I ever catch them on sale, I’ll probably grab 4 more just to have. 

Post # 12
4437 posts
Honey bee

We did 8. 12 is more than enough unless you entertain huge groups a lot.

Post # 14
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We went for 12 and bought 14 place settings, because china patterns seem to be discontinued pretty often these days.  I’m gunning for 16, but have just been buying the odd plate or two on eBay, as we’re trying to move and added to the storage locker seems like a bad idea right now!

Families seem to grow, my mom has service for a million and we were still using a mix of china and everyday when we had a big family BBQ this summer. 


Post # 15
1282 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We went with 8 for now… We also did fiestaware! So beautiful! And, it’s classic – so if you decide you want to get more settings in the future, you totally can!

Post # 16
976 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Dont get stoneware from correll its horrible even tho it would match the no white for your Fiance it chips like crazy and is too heavy. Were asking for 10 sets of sophie conran by portmeirion mix and matched in 2 colours which will be our all around dishes and serving pieces.

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