Mason Jars – Fad or Fab?

posted 2 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

Both. They are a huge fad right now; everywhere you see a “rustic vintage glam” wedding, you will see wall-to-wall mason jars. They’re already super overdone and played out. That said – it’s your wedding, and if you feel a connection to your heritage through them, go for it. If you want to be trendy, you’ll miss the mark by about 3 years, but if you want to be true to your heart, they’ll never be a bad choice.

Post # 3
2657 posts
Sugar bee

People like us who are actively planning weddings are going to see a lot of the same ideas over and over again.  We’re reading wedding blogs and scouring Pinterest all the time, and that’s just what we see most.  In reality, most guests have seen very few weddings with mason jars and will enjoy it at your wedding.  It sounds like mason jars are something special to you and your family, and that’s nothing to shy away from.

So, this is my personal opinion, but here are things that I think are good uses of mason jars:

  • Vases for reception centerpieces
  • Candleholders
  • Lining the aisle (with flowers or candles inside)
  • Vessel for a signature drink
  • Something to put an edible favor into

And here are the uses I don’t like:

  • Items with images of mason jars on them (invitations, signs, programs, etc.).  I just don’t get it.  If you like mason jars, have mason jars at the wedding.  No need to put them on your stationary and signs too.
  • Blatant cash grabs related to the mason jar trend.  Go to any hobby store and you’ll see a section of overpriced mason jar accessories.  I also recently saw small mason jar shaped shot glasses which I did not see the point of.  Oh, and I’ve seen string lights with plastic mason jar shaped bulbs on them.  That’s just overkill to me.
Post # 4
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Personally, I think as drinking glasses, they’re great, but in other capacities, rather overdone right now. If you’re on the fence about them, I think using them as drinking glasses (like a PP said, maybe for a signature drink), but not in any other capacity, is a great compromise. But if you do really want to do more with them, go for it!

Post # 5
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I think they’re way overdone, but if they’re important to you, that doesn’t matter in the slightest.  If something is important you do it even if everyone and their brother has done it. 🙂 

Post # 6
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I think they are a total fad right now but I get that to you they are not a fad at all. I say use them sparingly in a way that’s meaningful to you.

Post # 7
4440 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think as drinking glasses (maybe as a take-home favor?) could be cool.  Otherwise it’s so overdone.

Post # 8
422 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

i think they are only a fad to people who’ve only ever seen mason jars used for wedding related purposes. my backyard wedding is in kentucky (less than 3 weeks!!) where mason jars are a staple as vases, glasses, for pickling and canning. We are using them because they suit my venue (family farm). I’ve also never seen mason jars used at a wedding that I’ve been to (that I remember). I’ve only ever seen it on Pinterest. Don’t worry if it’s a fad. Do what suits your purposes and what best expresses you and your finance. 

Post # 9
867 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

They are def very trendy, but I feel like if country chic is your lifestyle then by all means go for it. I think it’s great when the theme fits the couples life and personality. My friend for example is having this kind of outdoor barn wedding with mason jars at her parents farm, it’s not strange though because that’s how she grew up. If a NYC fashionista or punk princess or country club Courtney had them I would think it was out of place and mearly trendy and raise an eyebrow.

Post # 10
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think of them for jam and preserves. Never thought of them for drinking…

If you like it, do it. It’s YOUR wedding.

Post # 11
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think they are horrible to drink out of. They have screws around the top so it makes for a fairly messy way to drink without being able to have your lip tightly against the bottom of the glass. We went to a bar/restaurant recently that had these as cups and I found them awkward and annoying to drink from. 

Post # 12
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m using them at my wedding.  They are super trendy on pinterest, but I’ve never seen them at a real wedding, and I doubt most of my guests have either, as they really don’t frequent weddings nor pinterest.  I grew up in the suburbs of a big city, where we are getting married, and my fiance grew up in the country, so we kind of think of it as bringing a little bit of small town country to our wedding.  Plus our couple nickname is “JAM,” so it works for us.  Also, as a couple on a budget doing our own centerpieces, using them as vases instead of purchasing vases saves a ton of money (especially because you can find mason jars for free or nearly free if you look around).  

However, mason jars can definitely be overdone, and while they are cute, I don’t think they make a good theme (aka mason jars shouldn’t be blarring in everyone’s faces).  We are using them for vases for some of the centerpieces at the reception and perhaps one to hold some pens for the guestbook, but that is it.  We aren’t using them for glasses- we are going to stick to real glassware for that, and definitely no pictures of mason jars on programs or anything like that.. that is just weird.

Honestly… it is overdone to everyone who frequents here.  The majority of people don’t really keep up on wedding trends- so do what makes sense to you.    

Post # 13
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

They are a fad, but unless your family members have gone to 20+ wedding over the last few years, they won’t really notice that it’s “overdone”. Us brides only notice because we are planning our weddings, looking for inspiration so it’s in our face constantly.

That being said, I said that I wouldn’t use mason jars [and burlap! I refuse to use burlap!] even though I’m having a rustic-romance themed wedding. I’m shy to admit that I did indeed, find a use for them, but luckily not as part of my decor.

I found a really cute idea to use mason jars w/ pumps as mouthwash dispeners in the bathrooms, so that’s what I’ll be doing – they will be the ONLY mason jars at my wedding.

Not my actual mason jar btw, just a random image off google.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  jenilynevette.
Post # 14
171 posts
Blushing bee

I say go for it!  I grew up in the Southern United States and mason jars were often around, so we used them to bring some Southern charm to our Northern California garden wedding.  We also use them as our primary drinking glasses at home, which is a cute idea for guests (they could take them home as their favor afterwards if you wanted to decorate them in some way, etc).  We used them as our centerpieces/flower vases for our tables, but that was really all for the decor.  There were also mason jars and florals on our invitations that let everyone know what was to come, I suppose.  I think little jam favors are also cute, but I say do what you want and I agree with PPs who say that most people won’t know it’s a huge trend.  I’ve actually only been to one other wedding in the past year that has featured them in any way, so people currently planning weddings likely see them more than those who aren’t.

Post # 15
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

Its a combination for me. I am really kind of over the whole mason jar thing, and I see them EVERYWHERE for everything, not just wedding things. I’m sick of it personally.

That said though I dont have any emotional ties to them or what they might represent to someone. If I’d grown up with them as a part of my life maybe I’d feel different about them

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