After religion and politics, weddings are one of the most polarizing subjects for couples, vendors, and guests. Every bride thinks they are creating the freshest, most unique wedding. Well, I hate to rain on your giant bridal party parade but the truth is that if it has been thought up it as already been done… by hundreds of other brides. But just because something has been done before, even thousands of times, does that mean you’re committing the ultimate sin by including it in your wedding day? Some bloggers would say yes. I say, NO. Just because something is cliché doesn’t mean we can’t love it, enjoy it, and embrace it. As a culture we seem to be so obsessed with being unique. We have to find things before someone else discovers them in order for them to have worth. If I find joy in it, in my mind it automatically has value – whether or not it has been “liked” before. Why should it be any other way?
So, I’m here to confess my sins. A series of posts devoted to wedding trends often hated upon by bloggers, vendors, guests, and cutting-edge couples everywhere. Trends others love to hate and I love to love:
According to this photographer all your weddings are starting to look the same. Too many mason jars she says. Well, I say if every wedding looked anything like these I would be happier than a bird with a french fry. While mason jars looks amazing filled to the brim with bright,spring-y wildflowers, they aren’t a one trick pony. They looks equally as stunning filled with tiny succulents as escort cards (and they also double as favors – a win, win if you ask me!) for a modern wedding or filled with orange hued blooms for a fall wedding.
Mason jars are also a budget savior. You can throw just about any cheap flower into a mason jar and it instantly looks chic and party ready. Take the humble carnation or baby’s breath for instance. Ordinary, some may even say worthless, flowers. Fill a mason jar with their blooms and you have an instant centerpiece that was effortless.
Carnations + Coffee Beans :: The Knot ♥ Mason Jars with Burlap Runner :: Lauren Fair Photography via Style Me Pretty ♥ Snapdragons in Blue Mason :: Lisa Light, LTD. ♥ Succulent Escort Cards - The Knot ♥ Fall Centerpieces :: Merriment Design ♥ Mason Jar Smore Cupcakes :: Lovely Little Details ♥ Wildflowers in Vintage Jars :: Violet Hills Wedding + Events
I’ve been a mason jar lover since I was a wee little one so I have quite the collection of vintage glass. But, if you aren’t a vintage
collector hoarder then you’ll quickly find out how expensive collecting vintage mason jars - especially the blue tinted variety. What’s a bride to do?
Have no fear, one quick Google search and I’ll find hundreds, maybe even thousands, of articles showing you how to DIY the blue mason jar look.
The lovely Jordan @ Ramshackle Glam has a great video detailing the process. Although, I don’t know if you can even use the word detailing in the same sentence as this project because it’s so easy. Be sure to check it out. The end result is a beautiful jar with permanent color that won’t come off after being filled with fresh, cool water from the brook next to your venue and filled wildflowers picked by your adorable flower girls. What? Is that not reality? I get so confused sometimes. For around$6.29 + the cost of jars you can paint 12 jars. Now that’s what I call a bargain!
If you don’t plan to fill the jars with water then you can get by with an even cheaper option as described by Lucy @ The Craftberry Bush. Hello white glue + food coloring!
Mason jars may not be unique but I still think they’re fresh to death. What about you? Do you think it’s time to pack them up and leave them in the attic for another generation to discover or do you hope they stick around a little longer? Whatever happens to the trend I know I’ll be looking for unique ways to display my beautiful jars for years to come.