Mason Jars at Wedding Receptions: Truly Tacky or Brilliantly Budget?

November 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
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While there are some terrible ideas for using Mason jars at weddings, like jamming pens in an undecorated one on the sign-in table, there are many different ways that Mason jars are the perfect inexpensive accessory for your wedding. Consider these ideas for using Mason jars at your wedding.

Center Aisle

If you are planning on an outside wedding, then use Mason jars to help create a center aisle for the bridal party to walk down. Roll out your paper aisle and line both sides with Mason jars holding beautiful flower arrangements or battery-operated candles. You will love the festive look, and it is easy to incorporate your wedding colors.

Guest Water Bottles

You can easily serve guests cold water in a Mason jar. Simply fill the jar with ice water leaving room for the water to expand after the ice melts. Then, add a rubber gasket to the top of the jar. Finally, poke a hole in the lid big enough for a straw to go through. Then, add the straw and serve to your guests as they arrive at your outdoor wedding. You can use any type of straw that you desire from cheap plastic ones to high-quality stainless steel ones.

Beverage Containers

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Mason jars are the perfect holder for cocktails and punch at your wedding. You can easily tie a piece of raffia around them and add a real flower in your wedding color. People will love how easy they are to hold, and you will love their unique look. If you do not want to use real flowers, then consider adding burlap flowers and use buttons for their middles.

Centerpieces

You can easily use Mason jars to add a rustic vibe to wedding reception centerpieces. Start by getting pieces of wood and shellacking them. Then, add Mason jars filled with small fruit, leaves and other items. Finally, pour some oil into the jar and add a floating wick if desired. Round pieces of wood work best on round tables while you may want to consider logs for rectangular tables.

Photo Displays

You can easily create a photo display of you, and you’re lucky other with Mason jars. Determine the inside diameter of your jar and cut photos to that size. Then, use tacky glue to adhere the photos inside the jars. You can even attach lids holding paper circles telling more details about when and where the photo was taken.

Flower Arrangements

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While you might not want to put the bride’s bouquet in a Mason jar for her to carry, you can easily place flower arrangements in Mason jars. In order to create these easily at home, start with large flowers. Then, add some herbs and greenery until the arrangement looks full. Finally, add in some extras to make each arrangement look colorful and unique.

Wedding Fans

If you are hosting your wedding reception outside, then consider making homemade wedding fans. Just tape a decorated piece of cardstock to a stick and put them all inside a Mason jar. Then, when guests get hot, they can help themselves to one of your homemade fans.

Desserts

Many delicious desserts can be made in Mason jars. The great news is that many are delicious, and if you are tired at the end of the wedding, Mason jars are so inexpensive that you may just want to toss them in the trash meaning fewer dishes to wash. You can serve any type of cheesecake in them or top them with pie crust for a lid and serve your favorite single-crust pie in them. Guests can also easily carry them home if they are full to enjoy as a midnight snack.

Lighting

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If you are planning an outdoor reception, then Mason jar lighting may be the perfect accent. You can fill them with fairy lights and hang them together to make your own chandeliers. On the other hand, put a battery-operated candle in them and fashion a wire hanger. Then, hang them from a tree where extra lighting is needed to keep your guests safe. Remember to be safe while adding mason jar lights to trees or other shrubbery as you don’t want to the wedding to become a hazardous place. If you have some trees that you think would look great with some mason jar lights, just be sure to trim and reduce the amount of branches and leaves that could interact with fire. Pruning trees also add an aesthetic benefit so it won’t just be a safety issue. You’ll be hitting two birds with one stone.

Table Settings

If you are opting to do a buffet line, then consider using Mason jars for your silverware as it makes it easy for your guests to carry everything. Merely put a cloth handkerchief in the jar and stick your silverware in. Then, you can have someone serve drinks in the jar after your guests are seated. Since the jars are glass, they are much less likely to get spilled during your reception as they will not tip over as easy as styrofoam or plastic options.

Guest Favors

Many items can be put inside a Mason jar for guests to take home with them. If you are planning a winter wedding, then put a candy cane in them and put a pretty piece of fabric or paper on the lid. Alternatively, you can put some lemonade syrup in them for guests to make their own lemonade when they get home. The great news is that if you are creating a seating arrangement, it is also easy to put a name on the jars knocking out two tasks with one beautiful item.

Candles

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You can easily make your own candles to decorate your wedding in Mason jars. Head to the craft store and buy wick and wax in bulk. Then, tie the wax to a pencil and lay it across the jar’s opening. Pour melted wax into the jar and let it harden. Finally, trim the wick to the desired length. You can use crayons to color the wax or put ice in the jars before pouring in the wax to give the candles a lacy look.

Thank You Gifts

It can be so hard to create thank you gifts for your bridal party while still staying within your budget. Using a Mason jar can help solve that problem easily. You can fill it with homemade bath salt made by combining Epsom salt, baking soda, sea salt, and your favorite essential oils. You can even add a bath pouf at the top in your wedding color to add to the jars festive appearance.

While there are many ways that mason jars can look tacky, mason jars can be very charming when used tastefully, and can make for some beautiful and charming wedding photos. Therefore, make sure you have an ample supply on hand because you will want them everywhere once you start using them.

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