There’s something about wedding trends that tends to rub people the wrong way – when something becomes loved, it gets used again and again. As brides and grooms it isn’t often seen – and shouldn’t – ever be a concern, but as wedding vendors see hundreds of weddings a year, ideas start to pop up frequently and are often sighed at.
One of the poor victims of this effect has been the humble mason jar. Or if we’re talking Australian – the Vacola jar. A cheap and cheerful and easy to get item that has dominated wedding tables and decor for the past few years. That humble jar come vase still has a lot of possibility and imagination that can transform it into something different. But today? I’m rounding up six fun and different alternatives to the mason jar vase.
There are so many beautiful centrepieces – urns, candelabras, big blown glass vases. But today I’m looking at options that are as easily accessible and available in bulk, like the mason jar.
1. Frasera Drinking Glass from Ikea 2.Amber 500ml Boston Round Glass Bottle from New Directions 3. Glass milk bottle from Just Jars 4. Frosted white cylinder vase from Koch & Co 5. Green 750ml Wine Bottle from BrewCraft 6. Square glass vase from Kmart
1. The Drinking Glass Vase
One of the best ways of creating a fresh look at a wedding is an abundance of vessels (one or two just look lonely) with an abundance of fresh blooms. Neither have to break the budget (these glasses are at a price point where each table could easily hold quite a few). The embellishment of this plain old drinking glass almost has a cut crystal feel and surrounded by tea light candles, it will create plenty of sparkle.
My vision for this drinking glass vase? Fill each drinking glass with a different variety of flower in the same colour tone. Modern, bright and bold colour combinations would work well with this shape. Or consider one bloom per glass (just make sure to have lots of them!)
Photo by Megan Saul Photography via Ruffled
2.The Amber Bottle Vase
I love amber glass – especially when on a sunny day it can almost look lit from within. Use plenty of these lined and grouped in the centre of a long table or massed in the centre of a round table. Contrast the narrow neck of the vase with bold voluminous flowers that spill out from the vessel.
I love the idea of these with contrasting bright tones – vivid saffron flowers, hot magenta blooms. Or for an Autumn wedding beautiful Autumn tones with plenty of Autumn foliage.
Photography by Les Amis Photo via Elizabeth Anne Designs
3. The Glass Milk Bottle
Glass milk bottles are a great height for wedding centrepieces and the clear glass is unobtrusive, letting your flowers and surrounding decor shine.
I love these with one kind of flower – a large, billowing bloom (like dahlias or peonies) in a bright colour complete with stems and leaves. You could even line the inside with paint (as per this DIY Faux Milk Glass Tutorial) for a different effect.
Photo by A Brit & A Blonde via Style Me Pretty
4. The Coloured Vase
I love white at weddings and this vase has a simple, clean shape which lends itself to masses of them on your table top. They’re also easily grouped with clear glass versions for a little bit of interest.
I imagine this white frosted vase grouped with brightly coloured flowers for a modern look, or white or pastel flowers for something more traditional. These vases also come in pretty pastel tones so wouldn’t they look gorgeous in different pastels, all filled with white flowers? Or their vivid counterparts?
Photo by Steve Steinhard via Ruffled
5. The Wine Bottle Vase
Wine bottles are easy as pie to collect from family and friends (or buy in bulk from a place like I linked to above). You can keep them plain in all their glass tones or spray them (as per this Dipped Bottle Candle Holder Tutorial) to create your own modern look.
I love these just a plain taper candle inside, and greenery surrounding them on the table. But they would also work with long stemmed bloom combinations, or different textured greenery peeking out the top and of course – en masse.
Scan by Tig: Photography by Tom Mannion for Elle Decoration December 2009 via This Is Glamorous
6. The Classic Vase
(Square glass vase from Kmart)
Somehow over time, the classic vase gets overlooked but they can be easily hired or found in bulk! Classic shapes like this can lend themselves to anything your heart desires.
I love the idea of filling a group of these with a different flowers in your colour tone – one filled with peonies, one with roses and one with tulips perhaps. They would also look chic in a straight line down the centre of your table with plenty of candlelight and beautiful tightly packed flowers inside.
Photo by Catherine Hall Studios via Style Me Pretty