Registry 101: Plates

I obsessively centered our wedding registry around dishes—the number one thing we needed.

We like to entertain and have already taken over hosting the major holidays, so a good-size set of nice dishes* was a necessity.  I couldn’t think of anything formal china was needed for (and I already have my great-grandma’s antique Wedgwood and my mom is happy to pass down her wedding china) and it just didn’t seem worth the expense or the storage.

So I wanted something nice enough for holidays but casual enough for every day.

In white.

Without metallic edges.

But with a little bit of interest.

Who knew that would be so hard to find!

I was hoping for an all-white set of dishes (the better to add fun accents to, and it will never clash with my décor or other table-setting choices), but I didn’t want a Hotel collection or similar—too boring. I wanted some texture to it, just no color (or at least no metallic; I probably could have settled for a little splash of color but I can’t eat scrambled eggs on a gold-edged plate).

In case you aren’t familiar, these are the usual suspects in dinnerware.

  • Bone China: Thinnest, strongest, most expensive
  • Porcelain: Thinner, fairly durable
  • Stoneware: Usually heavier, more casual feel, can chip fairly easily
  • Other: Um, not the above. Plastic I guess?

So the dish hunt was on. My favorites was the Staccato line from Crate & Barrel but Shamrock hates the little dots. (And thinks its too feminine.) They also have the White Pearl set, which is bone china instead of porcelain, but it isn’t in stores.


We liked Roulette, but its a little gray in person.


Maison was a little boring, but it was ok.


Same goes for Aspen & Essentials. We tried Williams-Sonoma, and both liked the Beaded Hemstitch collection, but its fairly pricy–as is the whole store, so I didn’t particularly want to register there.


Visits to Macy’s, Carson Pirie Scott, Bed Bath & Beyond and everywhere else I could think of turned up no better choices. Frustration was rampant. Shamrock just wanted Corelle. I wanted grown up dishes, that I wouldn’t get sick of, in a neutral look, with some interest, that would still go with whatever I wanted. (Clearly, Shamrock was the problem here.)

In the end, I settled. We went boring, but I registered for more than one style of accent plate, and I’m trying hard to be happy about it.

And in an added dose of irony, we found 6 placesettings of Mikasa in a plain white look at Costco for $99.99. The week after we registered. I considered just getting that, but then I’d have nothing left of our registry and end up with a mess of toasters.

What kind of dishes did you pick? Anyone else surprised they were unable to find what they were looking for?

*Actually, I have my dad’s old Mikasa, which I loved for its shape and versatility but the Monet pastel pattern was not my first choice. Shamrock had Noritake bachelor dishes (these things screamed boy), which I could have gotten over had he had more than nine of anything. But I really wanted dishes, so we registered for them.


2 thoughts on “Registry 101: Plates

  1. I have metal edge dishes now and they are driving me crazy! They look nice and I love how they feel, but you can’t stick them in the microwave. I don’t microwave very often, but I do eat a lot of leftovers, and it’s a pain not to be able to pop a plate in there. I know you aren’t considering them, but just wanted to put that out there for anyone who is!

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