When you think of a wedding registry, the first thing that usually comes to mind is sparkling crystal and fine china. These are among the most traditional wedding gifts. However, times have changed, and mealtimes aren't as formal as they used to be. If you or anyone you know registered for wedding china -- and spent hours deciding on a pattern -- think of the last time you've even seen it.
Most people are so afraid of breaking their china and ruining the number of place settings that they almost never take the china out. They just keep it in a hutch or packed away. Same with crystal candlesticks and champagne flutes. Too fancy to use every day, and too expensive to trust people with at a party. So what do you do?
There's no reason to register for something just because you think you're supposed to. Register for things you'll really use. If you do plan to use your wedding china on a regular basis, then go for it. But if you plan to just hide it away in a cabinet, you might consider registering for some more informal place settings, instead.