Your Wedding Registry and Flatware

December 6th, 20109:08 pm

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Your Wedding Registry and Flatware

Wedding registries can be hard to make, especially if you’re not sure what you are looking for.  If you are shopping around for flatware and would like something that is better than what you currently have, here is some information that will help guide you into making he appropriate wedding flatware choice for you and your spouse-to-be.

Sterling Silver Flatware

Sterling silver came about as a result of pure silver being just too soft of a metal to really work with.  Because of this, silver is mixed with a small amount of copper (usually less than 8%) so that it is strong enough to be used for day to day purposes.

When looking to purchase sterling silver flatware, or if you are going to be putting it on your registry, make sure that the item either has a “sterling” stamp or a “925” stamp on it so that you know it is real sterling silver.  Real sterling silver flatware is dishwasher safe, but you have to take care to not mix it in with any stainless steal flatware.  Mixing the two in the dishwasher may cause for the two metals to cause erosion such as pits and stains in your sterling silver flatware.  For this reason, many brides and grooms choose to personally hand wash their sterling silver flatware.

The downside to this flatware, though it is very attractive, is that a simple 5-piece set can easily cost $300.

Silver Plated Flatware

Silver plated flatware differs from sterling silver as it is silver plate that is chemically bonded to a base metal, such as nickel or copper, rather than mixing it.  The quality does differ between different silver plated flatware.  Some are rather poorly made and the silver then wears off over time.  A good way of knowing that you are actually buying a quality silver plated flatware set is to opt for a set that involves having the silver plated to the nickel.  Silver bonds very well with nickel, so there is a good chance that this flatware will stand the tests of time.

The benefit to this silverware is that it is also considerably less expensive than the sterling silver, costing only $100 for a 5-piece set.

Stainless Steal Flatware

This is probably the most popular choice of flatware for regular homeowners as a 5-piece place setting costs considerably less than the other two choices above at $20 a set.  Stainless steel is a carbon-iron alloy.  It does not stain, it does not rust easily and it does not corrode.  It is possible to tarnish stainless steel, but it will either take a whole lot of abuse or a lot of time for this to happen.

If you are shopping around for stainless steel flatware, try to find some that is either 18/10 or 18/8, meaning that there is 18 percent chromium (this is the material that keeps it strong) and 8 to 10 percent nickel (nickel gives your stainless steel flatware that great shine).

Remember to always pick up the flatware before putting it on your registry or buying it for yourself.  You want to make sure that it feels balanced and isn’t too heavy or too light for you and your guests.

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