When my husband and I were registering for our wedding in 2004 we got into a huge debate over whether or not we should register for china. My husband supported the idea while I rallied against it. I just didn’t see the need for china in our lives. To ask guests to spend money on a place setting that would grace our table once a year simply didn’t make any sense to me, but after a little convincing from my husband I changed my mind and registered.
The dishes in our china cabinet don’t represent expense and glamour. They represent the traditional and old-fashioned sense of ourselves. Although they only grace our table once a year, they remind us of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at our parent’s homes. Of good food and good company on special occasions. They represent the sense of family and celebration that we have grown to know and love throughout our lives. They represent the next chapter in our lives, capturing the traditions of our parent’s and altering them ever so slightly to fit our lives.
Over the years many of our friends have gotten married. In that time, we’ve written checks and purchased gifts from stores that run the gamut. Everything from Target to Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. But, in retrospect, I’m glad my husband convinced me to register for china. When I pull the china out once a year, I am reminded of the joy and love that we felt on our wedding day and I look forward to sharing years of celebrations and special occasions together.