HML was sent an email that asked, “How many glasses should one register for in order to entertain properly?”
HML response is really quite simple, for formal events it is a nice thing to have at least a set of 12 of each of your drink ware, as it should complement your formal china ( if you chose to register for some) & usually 12 place settings is what is recommended; read below for a complete list. My go to brand for crystal is, hands down, Waterford .
For informal events, or everyday glass ware a set of 8 is sufficient. A few of my favorite brands for everyday glassware are Villeroy & Boch & Juliska, these two brands are versatile enough to be used daily but gorgeous enough to look great on a formal table setting!
If you are limited due to the price on crystal, no worries! . Just remember this having 12 is NOT necessary but is recommended. If budgeting for these gorgeous items, try and start with 6 of one set. Champagne is usually the first because they are used in all happy
occasions. Waterford Crystal- Lismore Essence Champagne Flutes I love my Waterford Crystal- Lismore Essence Collection. I registered for it when we got married and luckily got what we asked for so we can enjoy them for all family events.
Personally I am a lover of red wine glasses FIRST, because they are versatile & can be used for both red & white wine.
CRYSTAL DRINKWARE (12 is my preference)
( * Not necessary, BUT always nice to have)
12 water Goblets
12 red wine glasses ( red seem to be more versatile; if you only can buy 1 type)
*12 white wine glasses
12 champagne flutes
12 coffee cups & saucers ( Not crystal but a staple for any household)
Juliska Amalia Stemware Collection Pictured below:
(AN HML FAVORITE)
EVERY DAY DRINKWARE ( 8 is great; I personally have 12 as I like to use my crystal for formal dinners at home.)
8-12 Highball ( used for Water)
8-12 Red Wine Glasses
8-12White Wine Glasses
8-12 Coffee Mugs ( I prefer the bigger ones; 15 oz)
BARWARE ( 6-8 is recommended as NOT everyone will choose the same drink choice)
8-12 Double Old Fashioned
( ALSO GREAT FOR JUICE IN THE MORNING or BRUNCHES)
6-8 Martini Glasses
* 6-8 Margherita Glasses
* 6-8 Cognac Glasses
(* NOT Necessary but nice to have)
Hopefully this helps!