Post # 1
This is probably a stupid question but we are registering and I dont know if I should put china on it. I dont even know what the hell china is and what makes it so special. I grew up poor so we definitely didn’t have any. Is entertaining with china supposed to be better etiquette or something? What if we dont really have dinner parties?
Post # 3
The point of it is to be fancy. That is the only point. If you don’t feel like you need/want/get it, you won’t miss it, I promise.
Post # 4
China is fancy dishware that is entended for fancy/special occassions. Some people use it regularly, and others barely use it.
If you don’t think you’ll use it, don’t bother registering for it. It costs a lot of money and often the pieces are pretty delicate, can’t be washed in the dishwasher…etc. Plus – the patterns can go out of style quickly..so if you don’t think you’ll use it, just register for casual dinner ware. Something you can use everyday.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
LOL. Yeah, it’s basically for entertaining. Girls used to get pieces of their chosen china pattern slowly until they had the whole set (as well as for their wedding), then pass it on to their daughters. We opted not to put any on our registry.
Post # 6
My mom has china we took out during the holidays when I was growing up.It was very pretty.
I wouldn’t say it’s a necessity though.
There’s a family set boxed up for me, but it’s going to stay there for a while and we’re not registering for our own. We don’t have the space or the need – we asked for everyday plates, stuff that will hopefully hold up in the microwave/dishwasher/with kids.
Post # 7
Thanks guys! I felt like I was missing something. Great, the less stuff I have to register for the better, lol
Post # 8
Nice dishes used for holidays and fancy dinner parties. Nothing that resembles our rando dishes from Wal Mart, Target and my brother’s old apartment.
Post # 10
overpriced plates that continue to exist mostly because of wedding registries and will end up sitting in a box collecting dust once you have kids who like to break things. 🙂
Post # 11
I love my china and I collect it and use it frequently. I have three formal sets. My mom does too. I just think it depends on how much you entertain and if you like it. There is no reason to act nasty about the people that do like it and want it.
Post # 12
@Aubergold: We’re not registering for it. There’s no rule that says you have to 🙂 My mom and his mom have both offered theirs and we will probably take it BUT I seriously remember twice that we ate off my Mom’s china in my whole life. You can’t put it in the dishwasher and if you don’t think you’ll be doing A LOT of fancy dinner party entertaining types of things then I definitely would register for things that you guys would be more likely to use. Because as someone else previously said it can be very expensive! Even the cheap place settings can be well over $100…. for ONE place setting. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not registering for it! Do what you want 🙂
Post # 14
It really depends on the couple. My mom still loves her china from her wedding 25 years ago. She picked a relatively basic pattern so it hasn’t gone out of style, and she uses it 2-4 times a year so it’s lasted. If you think you’ll ever want it, now is the time to get it because chances are you won’t ever buy it for yourself.
We prefer to entertain casually, so we aren’t registering for it. We are going to register for decent dishes that are microwave and dishwasher safe, maybe from Corelle or somewhere similar, but we don’t think we’d use super delicate dishes that cost $80+ a plate.
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
I didn’t think anyone was being nasty…maybe a bit sarcastic…
@MissBananaBread: I’m not sure that “now’s the time to get it” is a good approach to take now that I’ve had the wedding. In the nicest way possible, many of are guests were very conservative in their giving. I’m completely grateful for everything we received, but if we had registered for fine china, we might have gotten a few plates – and we’d be returning them or spending a lot of money to complete the set.
Anyway, unless you come from a very well off family with a circle of friends that uses china regularly for entertaining, I would not register for it. I also agree with PP that I’m thinking of kids down the line, and china would not last through that. 🙂
Post # 16
To me? A giant waste of money. I dont want to have dishes so expensive that I’d be afraid to use them, and I much rather spend that money elsewhere. Same goes for ‘real’ silverware. My every day Corelle is good enough for any sort of (informal) hosting I’d ever do