You don't need us to tell you that the humble Mason jar is super popular. It gets invited into kitchens to hold fresh-made preserves, dispense soap while you do dishes, tote your salad to work, and more. And it shows up in weddings again and again (and you thought you had a lot of weddings this summer!).
You'd be amazed at some of the things couples are doing with Mason jars on their big day. Here are some of the most creative ideas.
1. Mason Jars as DIY Table Numbers
Jen Carreiro over at Something Turquoise came up with this cute way to guide guests to their tables. She simply hand-painted some numbers onto torn-out book pages and slid them into empty Mason jars. Now if only figuring out your seating chart was this easy.
See the steps: Mason Jar Table Numbers at Something Turquoise
2. Mason Jars as Dessert Servers
Layered desserts really get to shine when they're served inside Mason jars. The clear jars show off what's inside, and they also make it easier for guests to indulge while standing up — whether they're mingling around or headed back out onto the dance floor.
See the whole wedding: Field of Dreams at Lisa Vorce
3. Mason Jars as Barware
Save guests from having to stand in line at the bar by bottling up a signature cocktail ahead of time. Put the lids on each Mason jar and then pile them into a big tub of ice for guests to (quickly) help themselves.
See the rest of the wedding: Vintage Farm Wedding at Ulmer Studios
4. Mason Jars as Picture Frames
This idea, featured on Camille Styles, is a lot like the table numbers above, only instead of book pages you slot in family photos. Imagine using a bunch of old pictures to honor loved ones who have passed.
See more: Wedding Fever Jar Tips at Camille Styles
5. Mason Jars as a Monogram Marquee
Okay, so this idea from Oleander + Palm was technically not made for a wedding, but it could totally work as a cute sign at the entrance to a wedding reception, no?
Get the instructions: Mason Jar Monogram Light at Oleander + Palm
6. Mason Jars as Mixed Drink Favors
Another idea from Something Turquoise, we bet you didn't realize that those skinny cans of soda could fit inside a Mason jar! So cute, right? Jen suggests giving them as gifts to your bridal party (or for non-wedding occasions throughout the rest of the year), but we like them as wedding favors. If you're having a small wedding (otherwise, this can get pricey), give them out and then people can keep the party going back at the hotel.
See them come together: Mason Jar Cocktail Gifts at Something Turquoise
7. Mason Jars as Planters
There are plenty of people (brides included) who have used Mason jars as vases to hold flowers on the reception tables. But what about this unique idea from The Golden Sycamore to use them as planters? You could paint the bottoms to match your wedding colors and scatter them around the party.
See more: Painted Mason Jar Succulent Planter at The Golden Sycamore
8. Mason Jars as Advice Collectors
Brandy and Brock set out these jars with directions for people to write their best date night ideas on oversized popsicle sticks. After the wedding, the couple can pull a stick out of the jar and following the romantic idea. We're hoping a lot of the suggestions involve a romantic dinner!
See more from this wedding: Yellow California Ranch Wedding at Wedding Wire
9. Mason Jars as Kids' Entertainment
If your friends' little ones are on the guest list, you might want to plan some special things to keep them occupied. This adorable reception had some thoughtful touches for pint-sized guests including jars filled with colorful candy — and lots of art supplies.
See the whole wedding: Rustic Tented Historic Cedarwood Wedding at Style Me Pretty
10. Mason Jars in a Sand Ceremony
Sand ceremonies are a thing! If you're not sure what a sand ceremony is, it's a symbolic act, during which each person in the couple has a jar of sand and they pour it together, blending their grains into an inseparable combination. What better vessels to use than three Mason jars?
See the whole wedding: San Francisco Wedding by Orange Turtle Photography at Style Me Pretty