(Closed) How Much Is Too Much for Fine China?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • 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
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Mine was $90 and $60 on sale.  We got 6 place settings and one platter.

Post # 6
1962 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
1962 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
10569 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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 # 13
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

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
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • 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
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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.

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