Post # 1
I am in fine china h*ll. I have spent a ton of time picking out a pattern, matching crystal, and matching flatware. However, now that I have my registry put together I’m worried that china is taking up the bulk of it, and maybe I don’t even really want it. I’m second guessing how often I’ll use it. I’m starting to think that it’s silly to buy a piece of furniture to display dishes that I will hardly use.
I originally selected the Lenox lace couture (first picture below). It’s beautiful and simple, and expensive. It’s costs about $110-150 per place setting, depending on where it is purchased.
I have also had my eye on the white pearl china (second picture below) from crate and barrel for a while. I love the fact that it is all white and can be used with different table linens and decorations. It’s also more practical as it’s dishwasher, oven and microwave safe, and much more affordable…about $55 per place setting.
so…which one should I pick? Should I say screw the price and practicality, or embrace my inner frugalista and get the fine china that is more practical and reasonably priced?
I am torn and my Fiance is sick of talking about dishes 🙂
I should add that I’ll be inheriting a beautiful set of Lenox china, flatware and stemware from my grandmother…so I will have beautiful china coming to me some day. And I always said I wasn’t going to register for fine china…until I got into the store with that scanner!!
Post # 3
beautiful choices! i didn’t register for china as I am the only female in my family, and a bunch will be coming my way
Post # 4
I’d go for the crate and barrel… I was in a similar situation and I just don’t see the point of fine china. How often would I use it? I basically saw it as fine china vs. all the stuff I could have if people weren’t spending their entire gift on 1 setting…. easy decision.
Post # 5
I think #2 is still really pretty and could look great on fancy occasions! I did make china a bulk of my registry, but I really wanted it! I felt like it was something special in my childhood. So make your registry about what you really want…if it’s other stuff and frugality, pick #2…it’s beautiful!
Post # 6
Okie dokie. Here’s the skinny:
I have fine china coming my way too. You use it for Dinner parties and Christmas (if you’re throwing a big, nice dinner) etc. You’re right, it own’t be used often – but I do believe everyone should have atleast ONE set. More than one, pushing it (unless you throw “nice dinner parties” often).
So, if you’re inherited a set, my first question is “Do you like it?” If the answer is “no” – then register for some. If the answer is “yes” – then I’d wait. I was all excited to receive fine china from my grandmother (who has talked about this set since I have like 5 yrs old lol) I finally got it, love it! (have not used it yet in about 2 yrs)
lol But, I were to choose – I like the 1st one.
Post # 7
Thanks bees! The input was really helpful. I decided to ditch the expensive china and go with the crate and barrel china. My Fiance and I talked about it, and it matches our entertaining/lifestyle better, and allows us to register for different keepsakes that we’ll use all the time…like some nice crystal vases, frames, and some silver frames, while keeping our registry open for the things we want for our new house (and not feeling too greedy)!
I feel MUCH better about this decision. We have some pretty pricey things on our registry, and I realized that I would much rather have the nice kitchen knives and gadgets that I’ll use everyday than the fine china.
Post # 8
C&B’s White Pearl was what I origianlly registered for because we were planning on using it for both formal and everyday use. Because it doesn’t have banding it’s microwave safe (a necessity for everyday dishes). It’s a beautiful pattern although, once I saw it in the store I didn’t like the rimmed cereal bowl. I like a regular rimless bowl to eat my cereal out of, but that’s just me. I ended up registering for Denby’s Lucille in Gold for everyday and Vera Wang’s Golden Grosgrain mixed with Bernardaud’s Constance for formal. If you’re on the fence I’d say go with the White Pearl. It sounds like you would get more use out of this pattern than the Lace Couture.