Your fabby new sparkler deserves a happy home- whether it’s a Mrs. Box or one of these beautiful ring dishes we’ve rounded up for you. We’re obsessed with the concept of a lovely vanity laden with artfully-arranged baubles and fragrances. How you arrange your jewels allows for easy grab-and-go, and these dishes below are no exception.
Side note + sparkler care: I have a Mama and a bevy of sisters who not only worked in the jewelry biz but have maje collections, so heed the wisdom:
1. Don’t wear your rings for housework, yard work, to the beach, or to the pool. Let those babies rest. Diamonds are actually a lot softer than you think, as per my buddies at Croghan’s– and prong-set stones can tee up some trouble as well.
2. Don’t sleep or shower in your jewelry- it’s bound to fade, etch, crack, and more over time with all that wear + tear.
3. Pick your go-to spot (like a ring dish or velvet-lined drawer) where you always drop your sparkly things before diving into something else- that way you’re sure not to lose them.
4. If you have white-gold in your band(s), did you know you can re-rhodium-plate them annually for renewed shine whilst getting a routine steam clean + prong check? Fun fact.
These marbleized ring dishes are so Kelly Wearstler-ish and fab, and you can either DIY them or snag them on Etsy.
I know- aren’t these Suite One Studio ring dishes just beyond? You need one in every color. You do.
Yeah, I couldn’t resist. I knew you’d want to see the tops of these bad boys.
I love a little wishbone for good luck- especially a gold one! This Dot & Bo ring dish could hold quite a few rings and bracelets too.
I had to represent, with this pressed patterned ceramic ring dish from Handmade Studio TN. Go vols!
For the Foodies
Microchip cookies from JK Chocolate are not only my new addiction, but they’re our new parting favor goodie-slash-welcome bag addition as well. I first came across them in Bon Appétit, then Anayis snagged me the pillbox version (see below) as a hilarious birthday gift on an über-tough week when I really needed a
cocktail valium sweet treat to survive. Let’s just say I popped all those “pills” in one afternoon- oops. Literally they take one chocolate chip, dip it in dough, and bake it- it tastes like an entire chocolate chip cookie in morsel size- tinier than a dime. I die.
Here’s our take on parting favors: guests don’t really want anything with your name + wedding date on it, do they? Please- this isn’t a golf tourney where people need something commemorative. Edibles always rule- and we’ve done it all . . . mini donuts, specialty popcorn, fabulous bottles of wine, macarons out our ears- so it’s high time a little microchip cookie made it to the tip-top of the heap. We love mixing high + low in design, so why not mix high + low in food surcees? Chocolate-y pipsqueaks for the win.
Just look at the size of him. He must be negative calories because he’s so small.
Please die over the pill box dispenser concept- adorable for a sick friend or maybe a physician groom or bride?
I hope this child has good hand-eye coordination . . . and that he’s aiming for me.
You guessed it- they come in an abundance of yum flavors.
I’m a sucker for a charming send-off just after a sweet ceremony. Tons of lovely little ideas can translate to a post-reception parting toss as well, and all of these concepts are a photographer’s dream. Tossing petals, flinging little metallic bits, showering with confetti, and waving ribbonerie wands all give a little pomp and pop of color to a great party. Below is a smattering of fun little send-offs to try!
Mylar streamers in gold + silver come pre-rolled as a tiny little handheld bauble with a finger loop- fool-proof! via 100 Layer CakeNothing is more fragrant than fresh lavender in delicate little muslin sacks, which you can personalize in anyway for your post-ceremony toss. via Pressed Cotton
I fondly remember playing in piles of giant Fall leaves as a child- what’s wrong with bringing that back? via Linen Tablecloth
Presentation is everything. We shingled hand-calligraphed sacks of lemon verbena and ivory rose petals in scalloped wood trays for guests to nab as they were seated at one of our Ford Plantation weddings. via A Bryan Photo
Super cute- wish I’d thought of it . . and so playful! Mini beach ball toss as a couple recesses found via Brides.
This little confetti-filled packet program is a genius + cute way to deliver a handful of happy to guests pre-ceremony. via Intimate Weddings
We’ve personally used the “ring a bell to say farewell” end-of-night departure, but I love a bright + fresh daytime bell-ringing just after a couple is wed- so symbolic and retro! via Southern Weddings
Who could forget the push-up pops of yore? Confetti delivery is quirky at best – but this seems like the perfect way to shower a couple with color. via Thimble Press
Hot Off the Press
Weddings Unveiled has flooded the newsstands with their gorgeous Spring 2015 issue, and our very own Bailey + Drew’s Lowndes Grove wedding is featured within . . . such a blessing! Shot by A Bryan Photo on a gorgeous Fall Saturday in Charleston, the plantation party was positively flooded with sweet details, from signature cocktails named for their fur babies to laser cut gold place card names. Blossoms Events layered the estate tables with farm-grown blooms in ivories, pale greens, corals, and blushes. We left the oyster tabby patio open to the night sky, lit only by delicate mono-filament bulbs from Technical Event Company and boasting custom Cheree Berry Paper floral silkscreening on the bars + a stunning cake from our go-to cake guru, Jim Smeal.
The Ashley River breezes, an incredible sunset, a beautiful meal from Fish, and a killer band (Mo’ Sol) couldn’t hold a candle to the love in the air. The cherry on top was getting to visit with Bailey’s sister Shannon, whose 2011 William Aiken nuptials we planned and loved revisiting in Unveiled Summer 2012.
Want more Lowndes Grove eye candy? Pop over to our features in The Knot Spring 2015, Snippet & Ink, Style Me Pretty, Unveiled, and Charleston Weddings,