While fall cleaning this past weekend, I found a super-tarnished silver fork. Thinking ‘this could be valuable!’ I researched it, and found out that it’s International Silver, likely something one of my great uncles brought home from Europe after WW2. Having seen Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers, I knew that these kinds of finds can bring sizeable ‘cash in the kitchen drawer’ windfalls, and while my little fork is awaiting its visit to the silversmith for weighing and ka-ching delivery, I thought I’d help you ID any family silver sets that are in your attic, or given to you as an heirloom gift prior to your wedding from an aunt or Grandma who knows that heirloom goodies can be used in wedding details.
So let’s say you have some tarnished silver, one piece or a whole set. Your first steps will likely be to find out what that piece is, to help in your research to find out if it’s something valuable. I found this site with helpful photos to help you get the name of the design, the maker, and when that piece may have been made:
Patterns in silverplate:
Now onto the mark on the back of the silverware. Martha Stewart offers a great tutorial on what some silverware marks mean, also helping in your research.
Photo by AntiqueSilver.org
If you wish to get rid of that tarnish before taking your silver pieces to a silver expert or reputable jewelry store that buys silver and gold (yes, even forks and knives!) here are some tips on using natural ingredients to help remove those dark marks. Be gentle when you clean, though, since you don’t want to nick that valuable silver piece. I used baking soda and water on mine, and it did the job well.
Who knows? That found silverware in your attic, kitchen drawer or in a case handed over as a gift (not a borrow!) from a relative, could net you a pretty penny, which you could use for more dream wedding details!
Who says that taking styled photos of your engagement ring and wedding rings only happens at your wedding? This adorable image got me thinking: if our wedding photographers can place our rings inside roses — and inside this cupcake! — for Big Day ring close-up photos, so can we on any day! We love our rings even more over time, so styling fresh and fun photos like this one should be a Thing. Especially on anniversaries.
I hope you’re inspired to slide off your rings — carefully, of course! Not near a sink! — and snap some Insta-worthy images of your sparklers!
Just when you thought chocolate-dipped strawberries couldn’t get any better, here are Shari’s Berries Hand-Dipped Champagne Strawberries.
How gorgeous are these beauties?! I just received my 20% off brochure in the mail from Shari’s Berries [I’ve sent chocolate-covered strawberries as gifts in the past, and ordered platters for my parties, so I know they’re delish!] and I noticed a few new items on their list: with these Champagne Strawberries standing out as the most perfect gift for bridesmaids, a stunning dessert buffet addition, and I would give out-of-town wedding guests a half-dozen of these as their welcome gift in their hotel rooms!
Here are a few details about these indulgent and upscale chocolate-dipped champagne berries in a dozen assortment (and they have lots of different assortments, so go to their page!:)
- 12 Strawberries Dipped in White Flavored with a Hint of Champagne and Topped with Gold Shimmer Sugar*
- 12 Strawberries Dipped in White Flavored with a Hint of Champagne and Topped with Gold Swizzles*
- *Contains no alcohol
This is definitely a fab find! And they’ll work beautifully in any wedding season. And let me remind you to get your wedding coordinator an excellent thank you gift after your wedding – these would be perfect!
Our recent visit to the Blue Pig Tavern in Cape May (make that two visits, since we just had to have that awesome, farm-fresh breakfast again!) revealed a wonderful inspiration: the wording on the placemats. Get this: on the bottom corner of the delightful, soft blue-toned menu says, “A report of any indifference or inattention will be appreciated as a favor by the management.” Isn’t that fantastic?! It’s such an elegant throwback to the days of propriety, to the rich history of Cape May, which brings to mind images of well-mannered families dressed for breakfast, and manners still mattering.
On my husband’s menu (and yes, I took them both home with us, so that I could get this post just right!) it says, “In the event of any item not proving entirely satisfactory, we will be favored to have Patrons direct our attention to their requirements.” I am swooning! We will be favored! I love that!
This is definitely wording you’ll want to copy for your wedding menu cards, to impress your guests with your own elegance and propriety.
Thanks, Blue Pig Tavern, for that wonderful return to the past, and for bringing a little taste of polite times to our modern era!
Step into Spring with Sparkle!
Braunschweiger Jewelers, a 5th generation, family-owned jewelry store with two New Jersey locations, will be hosting its exclusive “Sparkle in Spring” event on April 28th from 5-8 p.m. at their New Providence store located in The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ.
New collections will be debuting and on display from designers including David Yurman, Roberto Coin, Marco Bicego, Elle, Monica Rich Kosann and Belle Etoile.
Attendees will enjoy light fare & wine, preferred customer pricing and the first 100 guests will receive a gift bag.
Additionally, when customers fill out their jewelry “wish list” during the event, they will be entered to win a $1,000 gift card to Braunschweiger Jewelers. The winner will be selected and announced the day following the event.
About Braunschweiger Jewelers
Braunschweiger Jewelers is well-known for personally selecting styles with modern yet timeless design, impeccable use of exquisite colored gemstones and diamonds, and distinctive details. Our elite collections cater to a savvy clientele that seeks renowned designers like Marco Bicego and John Hardy, premier bridal selections and unique estate pieces. Our philosophy is to offer the highest quality and superior craftsmanship while staying up-to-date with the newest trends. Braunschweiger Jewelers has been providing unparalleled service and selection since the 1930s. We are regularly featured in top magazines and have received “Best of” awards from NJ Bride (2012), NJ Monthly (2011-12), The Knot (2013), Best of Morris Essex (2015) and The Daily Record (2010-11). For information and store locations, visit www.braunschweiger.com.
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Ellis Island is a gorgeous setting for a NYC wedding! With those magnificent views of the city skyline, right-on-the-water placement that puts you right in front of a breathtaking sunset over the golden ripples of water, open-air venues for outdoor wedding celebrations, outdoor wedding cocktail parties, even outdoor concerts under starry skies, AND the gorgeous architecture of the buildings. It’s a great twist on an Island Wedding, a destination wedding of sorts since your guests have to take a scenic ferry ride to get to Ellis Island, and it’s an award-winning eco-friendly event venue for green weddings! Talk about the best of everything!
Speaking of the best, Ellis Island has been home to lavish, luxury weddings planned by some of the most elite wedding coordinators in New York City and from across the country. Here are some images from an Ellis Island Wedding planned by celebrity event planner, wedding luminary and author Jung Lee of Fete NY.
Find out more information about Ellis Island Weddings, and visit our Ellis Island Weddings Pinterest page
I am SO excited! The 2nd edition of my Mother of the Bride Book is available now! And I’m giving away TWO copies on 12/9 for #WeddingWednesday, so post a comment here or use #weddingmoms on Wednesday to be entered for our random, computer-choice giveaway!
It’s been such a long time since my publisher and I began work to update my book, which has long been one of my bestsellers, but badly needed a refreshing. And now, here it is, all shiny and new, and featuring some of my favorite wedding experts’ top tips for the mother of the bride (and step-mother of the bride!)
I’ve added some new features, such as the top trends in what the mothers are working on for the wedding plans, how they’re bringing so much more valuable stuff to the table than moms of decades ago, my favorite apps, and celebrity fashion designer tips for the moms’ wedding day dresses.
Order your Kindle copy here, and if you’d like a paperback version, Barnes and Noble has it here. (Amazon is fixing the link for the paperback right now!)
And if you’re a wedding pro who wants multiple copies or wants to sell the book in your shop, just contact me via Twitter @sharonnaylorwed, and my sales team at Random House will set you up!
Want a signed copy of the paperback for your mom? I’ll soon be able to sign and send your copy to you!
Thank you so much for taking a look at my book’s ‘makeover,’ and for all your great reviews and support of my books over the past *21* years! I’m entirely grateful to you!