The Bay Canada has a really good sale on right now. Save 40% on all place settings by Mikaska, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Noritake and Lenox. This deal is both online and in stores until 9th February 2012.
I am very familiar with the Mikaska and Royal Doulton brands. We registered for Miskaska item for our wedding because we found them simple, timeless, beautiful and affordable compared to some of the other brands. I have family members who love the Royal Doulton brand as well. Place settings are a very common wedding registry item so it's a good idea if you have a wedding or shower coming up in the next few months to check out their registry. If they have registered for any of these brands you can get a wedding or shower gift at a 40% discount that you needed to get anyways!
If you are in the market to buy new dishes for yourself, you can get a place setting as low as $38.40 (regular price is $64) with this Royal Doulton set. My favorite is this Platinum Wave by Noritake on sale for just $98.99 a setting (regular price is $164.99) It is simple enough that it will be timeless but it has the wave pattern to give it some character.
(Expiry: 9th February 2012)