Post # 1
Fiance went to register over this past weekend. Going into this, I always assumed we’d just upgrade our Corelle Pure White dinner set to something nicer. But, I was REALLY surprised he was adamant we register for fine china. He’s really into the sentiment behind it, expressed (outside of my ring) wanting this to be something we pass down to our children, looks forward to hosting holiday dinners with our extended families, and thinks it would be something cool & sweet we could collect/build together. *All the butterflies :-)* Both of our moms say we should because it’s not something we would normally turn around and buy for ourselves—okay agreed moms!
So we’ve picked a place setting we like, but it got me thinking…do people still register for fine china? The last wedding we went to where this was on the registry was a close family member and they were an older couple (both 50+). We’re def older ourselves (mid-30s) but NONE of our friends have registered for this and I couldn’t help but think the reason why the section in the store was so small was because nobody does this anymore, ha! Are there any other bees out there who registered/are registering for fine china. And if so how much was/is one place setting? I also started thinking the set we picked would be too pricey ($139 for a 5-piece set). Is that too much?
*To give a bit of perspective about some of the other items on our list, we already have most of the basic stuff that’s on all of those “Registry 101” lists so we’ve added things like specialty pots/pans to complete our cookware set, nicer cooking utensils, upgrade to toaster (from 2 to 4 slots), better blender, specialty appliances (like a juicer, hand blender, etc).*
Post # 2
I don’t think people do this anymore. I am a huge entertainer and love to host dinner parties and holidays and had zero interest.
Of all the family/friends/coworkers I’ve been to- exactly one has registered for china. She’s a little bit of a princess from a fancy family and still only received a few settings.
Post # 3
I registered for fine China and got all the pieces I registered for. Where I am, most people register for casual everyday dinnerware and fine china. The fine China we picked was Lenox pearl innocence which I think is $129 for a 5 piece place setting.
Post # 4
We registered for and received place settings for 12 and all the serving pieces. We use it regularly. Using good things at home is a great opportunity to teach your children the manners associated wih fine dining, so they don’t look like boors when they go to banquets, weddings etc.
Post # 5
I registered for 12 place settings along with the other items that matched my set and my mother-in-law purchased all of the items as a bridal shower gift it was very generous and I am so happy that I have them all they are Kate spade 142$ a set
Post # 6
I think fine china is still a thing. Probably less so these days, but it definitely still shows up on registries. I put it on mine because when else am I going to buy fine china?
Post # 7
My Future Mother-In-Law was asking me what kind of china I was going to pick out and I was like “….wait what?” I totally didn’t understand how all of that worked and I had to have her explain it hahaha.
I think I might put it on mine because it’s sweet. But I’m not really expecting to get it. And I don’t really care. I have this dream to buy different plates/cups/bowls/whatever from different antique and thrift stores all over the world and have a giant mismatched set of random shit. But that’s probably not very “adult” so idk maybe I’ll register for fine china so I can have a nice set to pull out when people are around and pretend I’m a mature adult. 😀
Post # 8
I look forward to serving Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and birthday dinners on our China. I was lucky enough to receive a set from my grandmother but I would have registered otherwise. It’s a dying tradition but I think it’s still worth it!
Post # 9
I’m one of the last of my friend group to get married but the first to register for fine china. I think it’s a really nice thing to have and pass down, especially if you don’t have any from a grandmother or something like that.
But I also LOVE fine china and already have a small collection of mismatched pieces from antique stores 🙂
Post # 10
We kinda did register for china, but not the traditional painted pattern stuff, we didn’t like any of the designs we saw so at crate and barrel we registered for 12 place settings of this pretty pure white porcelain china with a raised dot pattern. It’s much more versatile for us, it can be used casually or formally. Something that can last yearssss and we won’t get sick of the design. All we have now is the cheap ikea set lol, so it makes sense to get something nice and durable now.
Post # 11
We did as we are about the same age as you, mid-30’s. We didn’t need the basics but decided to upgrade to better quality and having one cohiesive set of dishes/ silverware/ glasses instead of two separate from single years. China was an afterthought of “no one will get it for us anyway”, but a very sweet aunt did. It is lovely during the holidays and special meals. Also, depending where you register many places offer a discount after your wedding on items not purchased. If nothing else then you have 6-12 monthes to purchas items at a discount. If nothing else, if you really want china then might as well save a little on pieces if peopledo not purchase it for you.
My grandmother had a beautiful china set that my aunt inherited. I envy that a bit , I was given a more casual set that I still love. My mother has a set of beautiful silverware made of silver and gold and a set of fine china. It is nice to have the really fine things during special moments. It does have significant meaning to many to have fine dinnerware to pass down. If you want to have that tradition in your family this is a perfect time to start. Blenders, juicers, ect are nice but china is a wonderful investment.
Post # 12
I’ve been invited to 10 weddings, over the last 3 years and guess what? Everyone registered for china. Some types were only $50 per place setting, others were sold by the individual piece, so the couple ended up asking for a large number of pieces.
My set is almost 40 years old and we just used it for Thanksgiving. 12 place settings and maybe 2 pieces have broken, over the years? My one daughter registered for 12 place settings, of the $125-150 per place setting variety, and received all as gifts, plus serving ware. My other daughter uses the $50 per place setting type for everyday, but will move my mother’s 65 year old Wedgewood fine china set, to her house soon.
None have been “a princess from a fancy family.”
Post # 13
My parents have china and we literally have never used it since I was born. Because I never grew up with it, and my Fiance never grew up with it, we don’t really see a need for it.
But sometimes I do wonder if we should register for it just in case.
Post # 14
My mum got some reasonably nice china for her wedding which she put away and rarely used. When I moved out she gave it to me, and now I use it every day. No point waiting for the queen to come over I say! If you want it, may as well register for it. If people don’t want to buy it they don’t have too.
Post # 15
We registered and got the plates and we highly regret it. What were we thinking?? My husbands grandparents also gave us their China set and we’ve NEVER used that. It just takes up space, unfortunately and they had a HUGE set.