Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wedding Wednesday: Our Registry

Rob and I deliberated for a while about our registry. In the end, we decided to keep it simple. Instead of registering at a couple different stores, we went with Gump's only. And instead of a bunch of appliances and everyday things we already have, we asked for a nice set of china and sterling flatware.

The process of registering was fun. A fancy Gump's employee followed us around with a clipboard while we selected what we wanted. And they gave me a white journal to take home. I have a feeling our total registry was a bit smaller than most of the super-richies that register there, but it works for our small wedding and I already have a lot of inherited silver.

Since our items are more expensive than the average Bed, Bath and Beyond registry, we broke up most sets to be sold as individual pieces. There are a lot of things on our list in the $40 to $80 range. Some people may end up giving us a single fork for the wedding, but it will be a fork that we'll cherish. I hate it when you feel that your wedding gift is just going to be returned for cash.

Here's what is on our list:
  • 12 5-piece settings of Royal Limoges porcelain in Reve Bleu (dishwasher and microwave safe!). I recently discovered that this company is famous for making hotel china in France since 1797, so it should be durable.
  • 12 Reve Bleu soup/pasta bowls
  • 1 large Reve Bleu platter
  • 10 5-piece settings of Lunt sterling tableware in the Homes pattern, sold as individual pieces. It is a sweet, early American design.
  • 2 6-piece sets of Dubost enamel-handle steak knives
  • 1 adorable oval pewter bread basket
  • 2 over-the-top silver candelabras that come apart to make three different candlestick options
I did the math, expecting it to be outrageous, but the total registry averages out to $100 a guest...not too far from reality.

8 comments:

love.boxes said...

I think what you've done is so incredibly classy. I hate going to Target to find that a couple has registered for DVD's.. that's just my opinion, but I still have so many really thoughtful lasting wedding gifts that were given to me and I enjoy them everyday. And, I remember who gave them to me too, which is fun. In the end, I think you'll be really pleased with your decision.

michelle said...

Registering for fine china sounds really old-fashioned and modern at the same time. We registered for kitchen things - major upgrade on things we already had - so we skipped the place settings, but sometimes I wish we hadn't.

Kealoha said...
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Kealoha said...

A bit off topic, but I saw this little birds' nest ring basket at Etsy and immediately thought of your wedding.... :)

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9425086

Anonymous said...

What you've registered for is beautiful, but why 12 settings of china but only 10 of flatware?

Just a quick thought so you aren't disappointed - we registered for $100 per couple for
our wedding and nearly finished the registry. Gifts are usually per couple, not per guest, so make sure that you haven't doubled your expectations.

MissEm said...

A couple different reasons for 12 vs. 10:

- China breaks
- Sterling flatware is really expensive
- I can always buy more of the flatware later
- I'll probably inherit more sterling flatware later in life

rcpeters said...

Happy Valentine's Day. One complete china setting is on the way for you to enjoy. I have more love for you then imaginable. Love Rob

MissEm said...

You are the GREATEST!