Post # 1
My fiance and I are finishing up our wedding registry and one of the items that we’re most unsure about is adding fine china. My fiance’s mom said we should get it– she just completed her set a few years ago and she said she’s so happy she has it. My mom thinks ehhh we don’t really need it right now (which is definitely true- however I can’t think of another time in my life where someone else might buy the place settings for us).
What do you ladies think? Please explain your poll responses! Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
My FI basically told me it’s a waste and we don’t need it, considering I guess his grandma and his mom are going to want to foist their china on us. I’m disappointed but I see where he’s coming from. However…………… I still registered for 4 place settings, not of fine china but of handmade ceramicware that’s about as expensive as a fine china set. Only 4 though!! >_<**
Post # 4
If you think you’ll want china ever, register for it now because you’re right that no one will buy it for you at any other time. We did not register for china because we know we’d never use it and it would just be a waste of money and space.
Post # 5
We registered for it. While I have no use for it now, I know I will want it in the future when I own a home and host the holidays. It’s very expensive and I know I would never go out and buy a full set, so why not ask for it now when people are willing to give it to you?
Post # 6
@elysion: I say if you’re going to register for it, register for more than 4! What will you do with 4 place settings? 🙂
Post # 7
China is heavy, takes up a lot of space, and it’s pretty fragile. Plus it goes out of style, so if you pick the wrong setting, it ends up looking tired and dated in a few years. I wouldn’t want to have to move it, and I wouldn’t want to have to store it. So for us, it was no china. We entertain fairly regularly and have never felt like we weren’t setting a proper table without having fine china, and I don’t think I’ve ever been to anyone’s house for dinner and thought “wow this china is incredible” or “man this food would have tasted so much better if it had been served on china.”
It’s true that no one is ever going to buy you china at any other time in your life, but if you need to be convinced to register for it, then you don’t really want it, and you should let your guests treat you to something you will actually use and enjoy.
Post # 8
My husband initially did not see the utility of it, but I explained why I thought it was a good idea (something that will last a lifetime, can be an heirloom, doesn’t need to be just for the fanciest of dinners). After that, he understood why I wanted it, and we registered for it. Once we got the first place setting and I happy cried (it was from my sister and very sweet), he got it 🙂
I agree with PPs that say that if you ever might want it, get it now. Also, it doesn’t have to be SO expensive. Our fine bone china with platinum edges are $90 per place setting at Crate & Barrel:
Here’s the teacup, to see the detail:
Post # 9
@sarahbabs: Oh, I love that.
In our house, we are not registering for it. We have no need for it and never will. We just aren’t fancy people. However, if you want it and think you’ll actually use it, register for it. I mean, I really want to register for an ice cream maker and a Kitchenaid stand mixer, but we’ll probably never use them, so we left them off.
Post # 10
I was really excited to register for china, and I really hope our guests buy some for us! But I’ve always loved using the fancy china at my parents, and I love cooking and entertaining. I’m pretty sure we will use it and I hope to be able to host family holidays in the future. I’d also probably use it for smaller special occasions, like our birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
for me, it’s worth the storage space and expense, but I don’t think it’s a must have if you’re not the hostessing type or not into china at all. You can always dress up your every day dishes with nice linens, candles, flowers, etc.
Post # 11
We didn’t. I live in a one bedroom apartment with no extra space to spare for china, and I have no plans on moving in the near future. Plus, I just don’t need it.
Post # 12
We love ours! But ours is dishwasher safe (noritake brand) so we use it all the time for dinner parties. We also registered for Denby which is our everyday ware. If you like entertaining, it’s worth it.
Post # 13
I collect vintage servingware, so we didn’t register for fine china because I like to use my vintage pieces on special occasions. Instead of going for a set of everyday dishes and a set of fine china, we registered for a set of nice white dishes from Pottery Barn.
Post # 14
@sarahbabs: I was just admiring those dishes over the weekend at Crate & Barrel! Gorgeous!
@fishbone: I don’t think I’ve ever been to anyone’s house for dinner and thought … “man this food would have tasted so much better if it had been served on china.”
LOL, so true. I think China is lovely, but we would not use it enough to make it worth the cost, so we did not register for it. We have some expensive items on our registry (like Wusthof knives, silverware, new everyday dishes, and Staub enameled cookware) that we would be THRILLED to receive and would use nearly every single day. So for us, we would rather our guests invest in those practical items if they want to buy us something expensive.
If you want China, by all means register for it – but I agree with PPs that you shouldn’t have to talk yourself into it.
Post # 15
Register for everyday plates that are nice enough to use on special occasions too!
Post # 16
We have no need for china, I totally dislike washing it by hand at family dinners over the holidays, and my FI and I are both happy to use every-day table settings when we’re entertaining. But I also have several older relatives who will probably leave me their china sets when they pass away. Do you have any relatives who have china that you may inherit?