We love when we find an amazing wedding favor that crosses off two wedding tasks at once. Take these drink koozie wedding favors, for instance! They function as a place to keep drinks cold, but they can also be a place card for guests. Simply write each guest’s name on the drink koozie and set at his or her seat before the reception begins. Finally… a favor guests will actually use.
Hi, loves! Happy, Happy Monday! We’re excited to kick off a brand new week of handmade wedding inspiration here at Emmaline Bride with a fresh new Ask Emmaline question. But first… what do you think of wedding lemonade stands? Yay? Nay? That’s what reader Steph wanted to know when she wrote us last week. She says, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning the bar for my outdoor wedding. I’ve heard of a wedding lemonade stand, but I have no idea what it entails. Any tips so it doesn’t look cheesy?” Thanks for writing, Steph! We, too, have been swept up in the sweet-as-sugar bar ideas popping up everywhere (like here, mostly). And, like you, we don’t think every idea is a winner (as many can be downright cheesy). We do, however, think a lemonade stand at a wedding can be a fun, festive way to incorporate a favorite summertime drink and another way to use those clever mason jars with handles. I know, I know… but bear with us on this one. As long as you follow these tips, your wedding lemonade stand will be one your guests will love…
Presentation will make or break your lemonade stand. Don’t make it look too child-like, since it’s still being used for a wedding. Use old wood pallets or repurposed lumbar to create a stand, like one of these. Accentuate the stand with lettering that stands out and reads simply, ‘Lemonade’ (see top image above).
Also, I spotted this next idea and I think the presentation is gorgeous… but it seems like an awful waste of fresh produce, sitting in the hot sun all day. Perhaps you could accentuate with a few lemons or limes in vases (even try the wax ones from Hobby Lobby?) Or try this centerpiece idea and modify it to work with your bar. Just a thought.
A lemonade stand is an excellent way to offer guests a fuss-free bar experience. Stock your lemonade stand with the essentials including drink dispensers (like this, one of my favorites especially if you’re offering mason jars as drinking glasses). I highly recommend getting a drink dispenser that comes with a stand. This way, glasses can be placed underneath the spout on the table (rather than off the table causing a mess). You’ll also want to include festive straws for sipping (something like this), and glassware (plastic wear if your venue prohibits glass). And, last but not least, don’t forget to have lemons slices inside — it looks pretty and infuses the lemonade with extra flavor.
3. Location, location, location.
Make sure your lemonade stand is visible and easy-to-access. You wouldn’t want guests to miss it!
4. Offer a couple of drink varieties.
We get it, you’re nuts about lemonade — but not everyone is. Offer a few alternate drinks just in case (bottled soda, beer, and water are all fantastic on ice in galvanized tubs).
5. Have plenty of batches ready-to-go.
You can’t call it a proper wedding lemonade stand if your drink dispensers run dry within an hour! Make sure you have plenty of drink mix and water on hand to keep the bar stocked. It is helpful to hire a bartender to keep an eye on drink levels and replenish, when needed. (Pay them handsomely, too. Tending bar isn’t easy!)
Make sure you have lots of ice to keep the drinks cold, especially important at those hot and humid outdoor weddings. If you want HUGE ice cubes that look pretty and really pack an icy punch, make lemon ice cubes in a muffin pan. I spotted this idea here and it’s a good one. I’m definitely going to use this idea to make lemon-infused water all summer long.
7. A lemonade stand is best for…
So, who would want a wedding lemonade stand anyway? A lemonade stand it fitting if your wedding is outdoors during the summer months, or incorporates yellow into its charming palette, or has a rustic, outdoorsy vibe. It is also ideal when you want a no-fuss bar option (that is as fun as it is festive).
One of our favorite handcrafted details for a wedding bar is a bespoke coaster. We’ve seen coasters given as wedding favors, used as escort cards, printed with a thank you message to wedding guests, and used as a unique advice guest book alternative, just to name a few ideas. A coaster is a conversation starter for guests and offers functionality as a drink ‘saver’ or label, as well as to protect a tabletop. As a drink saver, guests can place a coaster above the rim of their glass to signify the drink is still being consumed so it is not bussed. And, as a label, guests can identify a drink as theirs by writing their name on it (these are one example). A wedding coaster can also be used just as a festive addition to your decor. To inspire your reception, we’ve rounded up fifteen creative wedding coaster ideas below. Take a peek and let us know if you plan to use wedding coasters and, if so, tell us what yours will say!
Wedding Coaster Ideas
1. Enjoy Coaster
This wood coaster is perfect for a rustic wedding! We love the elegant calligraphy.
Hello, loves! Whether your wedding is fast-approaching or in the distance, be sure to bookmark this post (press CTRL + D or pin it)! Today we’re revealing five tips for the morning of the wedding to ensure it goes off without a hitch. Getting ready for your wedding is memorable because it is filled with excitement and anticipation for the day ahead. Plus, it’s a great chance to chill with your best girlfriends to relax, get pampered, and primp to look your best. Read on to see the five essential tips… plus, a little birdie told us there’s a special giveaway happening, too! Check it out below…
Little touches and details will make the morning of the wedding more memorable for yourself and your bridal party. Here are a few suggestions we think will help.
Details, details, details. You’ve been so used to this throughout your wedding planning, so don’t stop when planning the morning of the wedding! Sweet little touches will make it more memorable. Here’s a mini-inspiration board to nudge your creativity:
Make sure your hair stylist and makeup artist are scheduled well ahead of time. And, make sure the appointment is as early as possible. This allows for any extra time it may take to get your hairstyle just right, or to redo anything that doesn’t come out perfect the first time. Plus, you’ll be less stressed and can relax if you know you have more than enough time to get to the aisle on time.
This is sometimes something we recommend as one of the MOH duties, but it bears repeating here. You’ll want to offer food and drinks to your wedding party the morning of the wedding. Nothing too fancy or complicated: orange juice, coffee, mimosas, and/or water are some suggestions. Use a drink dispenser and plastic glassware for ease. For food, think small finger-foods like rolled sandwiches, veggies, or fruit. Drinking straws make for no-mess lipstick.
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Brides: wondering where to buy mason jar drinking glasses for your wedding? Want to make mason jar drinking glasses but want the kind with a handle? You’ve come to the right place! This post will show you the best places to buy mason jars with handles to use as drinking glasses AND how to save a bunch of money doing it. Read on to find out more…
Where to Buy Mason Jar Drinking Glasses
I’ve purchased many mason jars in the past, and I always order from the same place. Amazon. Why? I can almost never find the mason jar drinking glasses with the handle at my local stores, nor do I feel like picking up two or three boxes of quart or pint-sized mason jars and lugging them around with me all the way home. Plus, ordering mason jars in bulk is always a money-saver, which matters oh-so-much when planning your wedding.
Libby Fair Mason Jar Mugs
If I had to pick, the Libby Fair 16 1/2 oz. mason jar drinking glasses are my fave. They even feature a cute little country fair emblem on them, which is perfect for a country wedding.
Anyways, I always buy mason jars here because they arrive right to my door (you can get a lot of ’em for free two-day shipping, which is awesome, especially in a last-minute party panic) and the prices are always so reasonable. Whenever brides ask us where to buy mason jar drinking glasses, mason jars, or jelly jars, the answer is always Amazon. Plus, you can pair ’em with striped drinking straws easily all-in-one order. And, stripey straws make drinking out of mason jars infinitely more awesome. (And, some people just don’t like to drink out of a jar, so a straw definitely helps.) Besides, have you seen how many amazing striped and patterned drinking straws are available today? It’s amazing. Ah, well, we’ll talk about that in an upcoming post. :)
There are thousands of fantastic mason jar ideas to try, but mason jar drinking glasses will always remain a favorite. The mason jar is typically used for canning, but it also makes a surprisingly chic (+ reusable) drinking glass. If you’re wondering how to craft the perfect mason jar drinking glasses for your wedding, bridal shower, or party, you’ve come to the right place: read on to find out seven tips to ensure guests love ’em as much as you do! Enjoy!
Some venues have a strict no-glass policy, so double-check before purchasing your mason jars.
2. Include a sign.
The sign should instruct guests to take a glass, fill it up, and enjoy. Also, let guests know to take their jar home. As much as you may love mason jars, you probably don’t want/need/dream of having 150+ mason jar drinking glasses lying around your house. ;)
3. Buy the right size.
Pint-size mason jars are best for use as drinking glasses. You can buy mason jars with handles, which measure just slightly over a pint, are easy for guests to hold, and look and feel more like actual drinking glasses. Prefer traditional mason jars? They work great, too! You can buy mason jars in all types and brands at your local store (find them at your local grocery store, as well as Target and Walmart). You’ll pay more if you buy them individually at a craft store, so be on the lookout for mason jars in a large quantity. To save time and money (+ hassle!), buy mason jars in bulk online. You can usually get combined shipping rates and you’ll save yourself many trips of lugging glass mason jars in and out of your car.
4. Mason Jar Drinking Glasses + Escort “Cards” / Tags
I love when two wedding ideas can work together as one! Mason jar drinking glasses and escort cards is one such combination, which makes it easy for guests to grab a drink upon entry to the reception, find his or her seat, and remember which jar is theirs. You can make your own drink tag / escort cards with simple kraft luggage tags, twine, and permanent markers. Include the guest’s name and table assignment on each tag and place in alphabetical order for guests to grab-and-go.
Chalkboard paint is another way for guests to include their names. Apply chalkboard paint to jars (or use chalkboard stickers, which is way less time-consuming and messy). You’ll want to provide plenty of white chalk or a chalk pen.
To add to the homespun feel of the mason jar, serve drinks in glass drink dispensers. You’ll want both alcohol and non-alcohol options; dispensers should be clearly labeled. One of my favorite non-alcohol drinks is this strawberry + ginger ale concoction. It’s perfect for summer!
How awesome is this mason jar drink dispenser? I want one.
No matter how amazing the mason jars may be, some guests won’t want to drink directly out of the jar. Offer straws and everyone will be happy! Plus, striped straws are way cuter than traditional straws and can tie into your color palette, too.
7. Keep ’em refilled!
Keep the dispensers refilled all night long. Don’t forget plenty of ice to keep drinks cold (and guests refreshed).