Post # 1
Hello ladies, you were all so helpful last time I had a question so I thought I would come to you again with a question about my favor idea.
I was thinking about making personalized mason jars for each guest with their first initial etched on it(Maybe biting off more that I can chew but that’s beside the point). I thought this could double as their guest favors too but I don’t if that would be weird or acceptable. If I got something like this for a gift I would think it was awesome but all I keep picturing is people dumping out their glasses at the end of the night and wiping them down with a napkin…
Is this weird? Unrealistic logistically? Too complicated for the guests? Or do y’all think it would work out?
Post # 3
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
@apierce30: I think you will end up stressing yourself out trying to pull this off. Many very crafty brides have been defeated by less complex DIY projects.
Post # 4
@apierce30: Are you intending that your guests will use these as drinking glasses during the reception?
I would be happy to use it at your wedding, but I wouldn’t take it home.
Post # 5
I think you could do it but I wouldnt want to put that much work into something that guests may (and probably will) leave behind and/or dont care about that much.
Post # 6
If you do that, maybe fill it up with candies or something so that people know it is a favor and not just a drinking glass? (also they will not need to worry about cleaning them)
Post # 7
@apierce30: no, I wouldn’t care to have one.
Post # 8
I didn’t vote because I’d rather tell you about our experience and let you decide. I had the idea to etch wine glasses. It was a backyard wedding for 110 and we were using plastic plates and Reflections flatware. I thought it would be nice to have real wine glasses, and initialling them would make them both a favor and a seat assignment. We bought boxes of inexpensive glasses at Target (<$1 per glass, or it may have been Kmart). My hubby and I ran through at least a dozen of the glasses trying different techniques for etching. Using Armor Etch we tried stencils, masking tape, and adhesive plastics but there would either be seepage, or when we rinsed the compound off, the runoff of compound with water would oh-so-slightly etch any part of the glass it touched in seconds. We ended up scrapping the idea and moved on to glass paint. I bought some flexible stencils and that ended up working well for us. Being the perfectionist I am, I thought just the initials weren’t pretty enough, so we accented them with little flowers and even though it was more work, DH agreed they looked great! But it took A LOT of time. I also had to go to several stores to find all the glasses I needed. ( I don’t know if I could have simply ordered them. ) DH did most of the work on this particular project since I was so busy with all the other planning and DIY projects. Many days of applying the stencils, painting, rinsing stencils, then finally baking all of the glasses. Only a couple were left at the wedding, and we were asked to save them for them as they were left by mistake. My family still uses ours. It was a great favor. It took a lot of work though, but may not have been so bad if it were just one or two initials. I think a wine glass might be preferable to more people over mason jars, since they’re prettier and probably used by more people in general. Good luck!
Post # 9
Sorry about the picture being sideways!
Also, I had Vistaprint cards printed up saying “Thank you!” And “Your glass is top-rack dishwasher safe. Hand wash for longer life” or something to that effect. I’m only assuming that the paint will wear off over time in the dishwasher though. The paint companies say it’s safe on the top rack. I had the cards dropped in each glass.
Post # 10
@apierce30: i probably wouldn’t use a glass like that at home; maybe at the wedding if that was all there was available.
Post # 11
@apierce30: That sounds like it would take forever, and I’m really not sure what I’d do with a mason jar that has my initial on it. Also I’m not sure how this favor would work for plus ones. I think you should save yourself the stress and find something else.
Post # 12
Thanks so much everyone! I really appreciate everyone’s input!
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@apierce30: personally i would LOVE that! As long as I didn’t get drunk and lose my jar at your wedding, haha. We drink out of mason jars anyway, so personalized ones would be super cool.
Post # 14
@apierce30: I love it! And, I went to a wedding with almost the same thing… the “seating cards” were mason jar glasses (with handles) that they had tied cute tags to that had each guest’s name and table number (possibly an idea for you, too, if etching turns out to be too much??)… they were our drink glasses through the night. At the end of the night, we helped the couple break down the reception area (they did everything themselves, including setting up and cleaning up!), and there were only about 3 left over (I’d guess around 90 guests??)… my husband and I grabbed them, and now we have five, and we use them all the time! 🙂
Also, they had picked up random mismatched champagne glasses from all over, and had one at each table setting. These were the guests’ toasting glasses, and were an additional take-home glass… but since they hadn’t been labeled, not everyone realized they could TAKE HOME the adorable mismatched champagne glasses, so there were a LOT of those left over.
But either way, I love your idea and I think it would go over well, be absolutely adorable, and be something guests could use long after the wedding! 🙂