When I was getting married I remember going to register and feeling a bit overwhelmed at the selection! I was also appalled at the price of a fancy schmancy china place setting! I mean come on! I certainly wasn't trying to impress anyone, and patterns aren't really my thing anyway. I am a "less is more" person right? Not to mention, I would KILL someone if they broke one of my $100.00 fancy schmancy china plates! Then I remembered something my mom always said. White is classic, never goes out of style and food looks best displayed on a simple white plate. So I opted to register for "white" dinnerware from Crate and Barrel and I am so happy I did! I don't JUST use if for special occasion dinner parties, AND it can go right in the dishwasher. Love it!