Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Vintage Wedding China

Matt and I didn't register for wedding china. Honestly, we're content with just one set of plates, bowls, etc.

But when my grandparents mentioned that they would be willing to give us their china because they are downsizing, I jumped at the opportunity. My family has been eating Thanksgiving and Christmas meals on that china for more than 40 or 50 years.

Matt and I are now the very proud--and privileged owners--of a full set of china. It includes all sizes of plates and bowls and tea cups and serving things.

I just hope we can overcome our clumsiness and keep the whole set in tact for the next 40 or 50 years!

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Catherine said...

That's wonderful! A much more meaningful way to own China, I think. Congratulations!

Catherine said...

I have no idea why I capitalized china just then... Although it might be impressive to suddenly own a rather large and powerful country, I don't think I'd describe it as "meaningful." ;-) Happy Saturday.

Pichchenda Bao said...

How great. Having china is nice, but not necessary. So much better that now you two have a set that has so much history. We're not registering for china either. I've really found that the things that you may need just come to you. We've been very blessed by the universe.

Hannah said...

That is very beautiful!!!

Mrs. Andi said...

Knowing you guys, you'll start using it for lovely meals that aren't always special occasions! Be sure to get good use out of the set & not just store it away.

Anonymous said...

I love stuff like this. My favourite possessions are the antiques and crystal that have been passed down from my grandmothers. I am sure you will enjoy it for its beauty and richness in memory.

Anonymous said...

We didn't register for china either, since my parents have some that's been in the family & is very meaningful to us all (mom remembers it from her childhood & we ate off it every Sunday of my growing-up years, too)

But I didn't want to wait until I inherited it (hopefully not for a loooong time!) to introduce it to my husband. If we're married fifteen years before my parents pass on we'll have started our own dinner traditions that don't include the china. It'll be a strange thing to him and to any children we may have at that point.

So... I asked mom to give us each one plate so we can begin our life together with the tradition of "Sunday china" (as we call it). She did... and the unspoken rule is that if my husband & I have children each of them will receieve a plate. In that way, my parents can keep the set for as long as they're alive but we'll get to enjoy the china as well as it's handed down... one plate at a time!!

Sara E. Cotner said...

@ Anonymous: What a touching arrangement! And I love that you actually use it on a weekly basis.

Sophie said...

My grandparents downsized almost at the same time as I bought my first house, so I got their china too. I almost never use it.

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