Wedding Registry China Checklist

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

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

Essentials

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
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