(Closed) What is china and what is the point of it?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

To all you Bees – I hope I don’t sound like a know it all for telling you all this but you have it wrong. (sorry- don’t hate)

I used to be the manager of a dinnerware store –

What you ladies are speaking about is FORMAL CHINA.  I agree with you completely that is something that many people don’t bother with these days. I sold mine years ago.

But your question was what is china?  There are bascially four (main) types of material that dinner ware is made of- earthen ware / stoneware / porcelain and china.

Earthen ware is the least expensive, comes in the most vibrant colors and chip the easiest.  Stone ware also is available in vibrant colors and chips easy.  Porcelain is more expensive and is quite durable usually available only in white or cream with a design.  China is the most durable and fairly costly but can come in the most casual or formal of patterns.  I have all china dinner ware at my home and use it everyday.  I love it because it doesn’t chip and has lasted me forever.  I have some that belonged to my mother ( we have the same dinner ware pattern)  This picture below is my “china” for everyday use.

 

 

Post # 48
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club

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@december bride: Ha, you’re right. I guess I had assumed the OP was asking about actual china, but perhaps not! Lots of other options out there.

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@candy apple: China refers only to the material the dinner ware is made of.  People just assume China means formal.  Fiesta is made of China.

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When people around here talk about china, I think most of us assume they are talking about bone china…as in the stuff that costs over $100 per place setting and usually has a lovely name like Lenox, Royal Douton, Haviland, etc. on it.

Post # 51
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Busy Beekeeper

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@december bride: Yep. China to me denotes a fancier “formal” place setting. I couldn’t care less about the material. To me its the pretty plates you break out on special ocassions only that are kept in the fancy cabinet LOL.

Post # 52
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Like I said don’t get angry.  The woman simply asked a question – What is china and what is the point of it?  I gave her the REAL answer, not what my feelings are about it or what most people mean by it.    China is a material that dinner ware is made out of.  It has nothing to do with how much it costs, when you use it or how fancy it is. Those are merely attributes of formal China. So when people start talking about “what is china”- that is the answer- what is the point of it, it is more far more durable.    She also said that she had grown up poor.  I wanted to give her the information that if she wanted to have a good quality dinner ware that she can use everyday and won’t chip and need to be replaced by her second wedding anniversary china is a very viable option.  Listen register what you want, call it what you want but if someone askes a legitmate question, I feel they deserve an accurate answer.   Just FYI -there is stone ware collection called Marisol made in Sicily that is $278 a place setting.  Not at all fancy, and not made by Royal Dalton.

Post # 53
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@december bride: ha! u beat me to the punch! i was just about to do a breakdown of various DINNERWARE materials but you did it for me. I say dinnerware versus china and glassware instead of crystal bc as you have pointed out, they are all very different.

Post # 54
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

It is just fancy plates and bowls, which you will probably never use!. I didnt put it on my register, it’s really expensive! I’d rather have a ton of the other things I need rather than a $300 dollars plates set. 🙂

Post # 55
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I registered for “formal” china and am very happy that I did!

It’s always been a tradition in my family (and FI’s family) to give formal china and crystal as gifts. People like to give nice things to the newlyweds.

My parents use their china often and it brings back memories of happy celebrations and holidays for me.

This is just my opinion but I always believed registries were for some of the nicer things in life that you wouldn’t necessarily buy yourself when you’re just starting out as a couple. While you can register for more practical household items, I have found that many of my family and friends have been excited to be able to give us a piece to our collection that we will cherish for many, many years.

When we use the china or see it displayed in our dining room, we will always remember our wedding and the people we celebrated with. I can’t say the same for other things that are often seen on registries that are more “practical”.

Post # 56
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I suppose my husband and I have a different more traditional perspective!  We registered for every day plates and china as well as formal china.  My husband is 100% Itallian and big family dinners are going to be a part of our married life together.  My mother had china, grandmother, great grandmother and so on.  It was just one of those classic wedding traditions that we wanted to uphold.  Historically, fine china was the purpose of the registry!  My grandmother talks about how people bought her a plate or two here, or a set of spoons there!  Here is our china, it’s Lenox Federal Platinum.

Post # 57
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@autumn865: totally agree with you!

Here’s mine! The ribbon color is platinum:

Post # 58
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We registered for every day plates and formal china, 8 place settings. (Lenox Eternal if you are wondering!)

I tend to be traditional/old fashioned/fancy so I really wanted it, I know that I will use it on holidays and special occasions. The funny thing about it is, everyone I know who has it never uses it when they entertain b/c they have more guests than place settings! FI’s mom uses the plastic plates from Sam’s that look like china, and the fake plastic ‘silverware.’

I think it’s just about how fancy you feel like being! I hear from other ppl who register (and my own experience so far) that a lot of guests kind of ignore the china on teh registry.

Post # 59
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I love my china and don’t regret it for a second. I will eat on it DAILY. When I have kids they’ll get a plastic plate until they’re old enough to use porcelain too. Everything tastes better on china, even coffee tastes better in china cups.

Post # 60
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@PinkPinstripes: Is this Kate Spade?  Very pretty!

Post # 61
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@PinkPinstripes:

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@autumn865:

totally agree with both of you on everything.  I love our china and although it is not the most practical thing on the registry, it is the one that will last the longest and will always remind us of our wedding.

Here is our china if anyone is interested:

Mikasa Platinum Links

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