Post # 1
So Fiance and I have decided to register for fine China. I am still hesitant as I just watched my friend get 2 out of 12 sets of hers. The price range is $80-250 for a full set. Not sure if going for the Wedgewood would be crazy or I should find a cheaper Mikasa set. I remember balking at the prices of China on friends registries but now that I am in that boat I am THAT girl. EEK!
How much would you feel is too much for a set of China?
By The Way we live in Chicago and come from a middle class background. Thanks bees!
Post # 3
Mine was $200. I don’t think it matters how much it is really. You register for what you like and ifyou get it you get it. Just keep in mind that you will have to buy whatever you don’t get.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Are you willing to spend $250 per place setting? If not, I wouldn’t count on other people being willing to spend that either. And keep in mind that people like to buy place setting in pairs, so although it may be $150 per place setting, they are looking at it from the perspective of $300 per gift (2 place settings). I think that is generally more than people tend to give for a wedding or shower gift.
Post # 5
Mine was $90 and $60 on sale. We got 6 place settings and one platter.
Post # 6
I would say this depends on the overall financial situation of your guests. Regardless of price there is always a possibility that you might have to complete the set yourself. Make sure the price is something you are willing to cope with if you have to buy the few last pieces.
If you pick more expensive china would it be something that your mother, Mother-In-Law, or grandmothers might buy after the wedding as Christmas or birthday gifts for you?
ETA: If it helps my Fiance and I mainly have guests who would be considered middle class. We found a lovely china pattern that we love and it’s only $55. I think people will buy the place settings, but I will probably be left with buying the accent plates and matching serverware since those pieces are a little more costly.
Post # 7
There are some beautiful patterns out there for sure that I would love to have, but I can’t justify someone spending that much on a place setting. I registered for just the plates (both sizes) and serving dishes. I didn’t do bowls or cups. The way I see it, I will use those, not the other stuff. Plus, I will be getting several sets of china from my aunts that I can mix and match with. I picked out something in plain white that I can use with anything.
Maybe do what I did and register for plates and serving dishes. It’ll be more wallet friendly and I think you’ll get more.
Post # 8
My strategy is to pick a lower-priced setting so that I get more of it. The pattern I like right now is a $50 five piece place setting by Mikasa. I think it’s beautiful. If we go this route, we may also pick out some informal dishes to register for…the informal we like is also around $50.
But I agree with @FloretteLiz–I think it really depends on the financial situation of your guests and whether you are willing to buy the rest yourself. I know that if we don’t get all of ours, at least I’ll be able to buy the rest myself.
Post # 9
Oh I have one more thing to think about! I’m not sure if this applies to you, but my Fiance and I don’t have a china hutch to store any of ours in yet. I also went with a lower priced china so that if I did have to buy any remaining pieces I would be able to save more money for a hutch. Those babies are expensive!
Post # 10
Mine was $186–and I used Macy’s since they always have buy 1 place setting get 1 free!
I got 10 out of 12–so I’m going to buy the last 2 and then begin to get all the serverwear
P.S: Mine was Lenox- Opal Innocence
Post # 11
Mine was a bit one the expensive side and does not go on sale. It’s also usually not stocked at the store. I recieved one set. Both me and my Darling Husband liked the pattern though, so it didn’t matter to me. We just purchases some of the sets for now with GCs and may get some as gifts or purchase more in the future. If you’re not willing to purchase the china yourself, then I would go for something less expensive or not bother with china.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the help bees! You all are making me feel so much better about this!
So far the set that has caught my eye is Kate Spade’s June Lane Pricing-wise its $140/set but I will discuss what @almostmrsc: said about buying the pieces separately. I like that idea as we probably will not use the coffee cups. We never do with my mom’s china! I also am registered at Macy’s and was surprised to hear from @OhBeeHive84: that they have a buy one get one sale!!! That is cra cra.
Post # 13
I personally think all fine china is too much 🙂 But I went with Mikasa and got a few sets out of the 8 I wanted. I guess I’ll be getting more pieces for Christmas, birthday.. the rest of my life. OR I’ll just forget about the whole thing and stay with what I have. I dunno.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Ours were $125 per placesetting (and I think they were often on sale for less), and, surprisingly, we got all 12 settings that we registered for. I think it depends on your guests (Mr. S’s extended family gave us most of our china; my family is more about giving cash), and how many you’re inviting (we had 160 people; if we’d had 50 I doubt we would have completed our china!). I’d register for it only if you want it and will use it, and if there is a good return policy so if you only get 2/10 or whatever, you can return it for something else if you can’t afford another 8 settings. 😉
We went with Lenox and picked a pretty traditional pattern because I think we’ll be able to replace pieces if necessary, as opposed to something newer or trendier or from a smaller company.
Post # 15
Mine was $130 per place setting but was often on sale since it was Macys. We got all 12 place settings for my shower. In fact it was the first items purchased from our registries. I think people like giving china because it will last you a life time so people would rather spend on that then a toaster you might toss in a 7 years.
Post # 16
@spaniel: I agree that if the wedding is smaller I prob would not consider it at all. We are expecting to invite around 230 and hoping for 200 or less to come. Cash seems to be king when it comes to gifts but I have noticed a lot of full sets (you can tell by the box size) of china sitting on gift tables lately.
If we got two sets it would be a funny thing to use on our anniversary just for us, haha. But I prob would end up completing the set eventually…