I didn't register for china when I got married, as there are several sets in the family and I had actually already gotten my greedy paws on a beautiful pink flowered one that belonged to Ted's grandmother. But I did register for crystal, and I love our champagne flutes:
Ignore the dust. Mercy the Amazing Nanny has been on vacation for a week and a half and I am a rotten housekeeper. The glasses are from Tiffany & Co. and, when clean, are lovely. Tiffany also sells a pair of plain flutes:
This is my go-to gift when someone gets engaged because they come in a nice box and if you really like the couple you can also give them a good bottle of champagne to go with the glasses. Although the glasses themselves are a hefty $125, so you'd have to REALLY like the couple.
If you like a little more design with your drink, Kate Spade has some beautiful options. I've already mentioned how much I like these:
And they're sold as a pair for $60, making them a downright bargain, relatively speaking. These are sold singly:
And cost $40 each - also doable. But my absolute favorite glasses for champagne are none of the above. They come from Riedel, which is a stemware maker that wine snobs swear by. I don't know about all that, but these flutes from their Wine line are amazing:
You can't really tell, but the stems are sort of curved, like four super-slim stems stuck together. That's possibly the worst explanation ever of something I'm trying to make sound great, but whatever. They feel fancy to hold. I love them. They make the $30 Brut Rose I buy in bulk taste better. They make me look better while I'm drinking it. AND, at about $25 each from Wine Enthusiast, they are also the cheapest of the bunch, allowing you to buy more of what goes IN the glass. See? And Ted says I'm not financially practical.
I'll be back tomorrow with my resolutions for 2012 but in the meantime, put your champagne on ice and get ready to ring in a new year full of luck and love!