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Wedding Registry: China Checklist

Not sure what to register for? Here are the basic china pieces you should include.

Photo: Monica Buck

Have your heart set on an elegant table laid with beautiful china? This list is for you.


Register for 8 to 12 place settings. Casual china typically comes in 4-piece place settings that include a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl, and mug. If you’re going the traditional route, a fine china 5-piece place setting generally includes a dinner plate, salad/dessert plate, bread and butter plate, cup, and saucer.

Good-to-Have Extras

These pieces, though not must-haves, are great add ons to register for.

  • 8 to 12 rim soup bowls (can double as a pasta bowl)
  • 12 chargers (largely a decorative item, the charger sits under the dinner plate and adds pizzazz to any table)
  • Coffee pot
  • Gravy boat and stand
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Serving platter
  • Sugar bowl and creamer
  • Serving bowl
  • Tea pot

Special Touches

A great way to spice up your table, the following items can add oomph to your entertaining.

  • Bread tray
  • Cake platter
  • Candlesticks
  • Chafing dish
  • Espresso cups and saucers
  • Salad bowl
  • Serving tray
  • Soup tureen

-- Lisa Vincenti

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