If you love mason jars – particularly as mason jars with handles for drinking glasses – you won’t want to miss this post. As sweet as these little jars can be, there are a few mason jar mistakes you’ll want to avoid at your wedding.
To help, we’ve compiled a list of seven mason jar mistakes to avoid as you plan your perfect day along with where to buy mason jars in bulk for your wedding. Enjoy!
7 Mason Jar Mistakes to Avoid
Mistake #1: Not ordering in bulk.
If you’re not ordering in bulk, you’re throwing money out the window!
Mason jars are one of the easiest things to order in bulk, thanks to places that ship online straight to your door. My favorite place to buy ’em is from Amazon, which offers several sizes straight to your doorstep. You can also buy them from the dollar store in-store or online. They have great pricing, just a buck apiece! :)
You don’t even need to leave your home. What could be easier? Oh – and, since we’re asked by brides-to-be quite often, you can find mason jars with handles here and here. Both are great inexpensive options.
Mistake #2: No decorative touch.
A mason jar looks so much prettier with a decorative touch! You can turn a mason jar centerpiece (with flowers) into a nighttime lantern by removing the flowers and adding a candle. (You can even buy them pre-done from here.)
Or, if you want to use the jars as an escort card + drinking glass in one: just add a tag with a name and table assignment. You can hand-write the names and table numbers on these tags and tie them with twine (it comes with the tags). Place the mason jars on a table — with the tags in alphabetical order — near your entryway at the reception.
You can find out more about this project idea here.
Mistake #3: Ordering the wrong size jar.
If you’re offering mason jars as drinking glasses, one HUGE mistake is to order the wrong size. Too small, and guests will have to refill constantly. Too big and, well, guests will be pretty toasted. Find the happy middle with pint sized mason jars. As a guide, use quart size for vases, pint for drinks, and jelly jars (4 oz.) for favors.
Mistake #4: Forgetting a sign.
Most guests aren’t obsessively reading wedding blogs for months leading up to the big day, so the whole mason jar craze might not phase them. Make it obvious that the mason jars are used as drinking glasses by adding a simple sign, inviting guests to take one, fill with a drink, and enjoy. And, most of all, take home. Otherwise, you’ll have 100+ mason jars left over at the end of the night. If you are offering homemade jam or honey in jars as favors, you’ll also want to add a sign telling guests to ‘take one home’.
You can also use these adorable tags for guests to write their names on their mason jar favors! Great idea by TiaZoeyTeaStained.
Mistake #5: Too far from the bar.
Akin to #3, placing your mason jars near the bar is another way to encourage guests to use them as such. The best way to do so is to use glass drink dispensers (stacking dispensers will save you room!) labeled with a beverage and placed alongside your lovely mason jars.
Mistake #6: No straws for apprehensive sippers.
Let’s be honest. Most people don’t like drinking out of an awkward mason jar with its awkward glass ridges. Go one step further to delight your guests AND add a decorative touch with straws. Striped straws or polka dotted straws are just a few ways to up the fun factor. You can also turn yours into a tumbler with a lid and a reusable straw. Stainless steel straws are always a good option, too.
Mistake #7: Forgetting additional glassware.
Your great uncle or grandfather might prefer scotch on the rocks, sans mason jar. Be sure to have some additional glassware at your bar just in case. ;)
*TIP: Have special Mr. and Mrs. mason jar glasses for the two of you! These are by Memorable Creations MC.
Note: If using as centerpieces, use the 32 oz. quart-sized jars.
Are you using mason jars at your wedding? Tell us about it below!
Read also: Mason Jar Wedding Ideas: DOs and DONTs.
Updated 2020 from an earlier post with updated information.
I’ve noticed many websites offering 16 oz mason jars with handles with personalization which I want for cheaper than 12oz, do you think a 16 oz would be too large for a drinking glass?
Do you recommend wide mouth?
Wondering the same thing myself? Wide mouth or regular for flowers?
Been looking online. You can buy in bulk online through dollar tree. A buck a piece. I just googled mason jar glasses in bulk.
We are planning to use Mason jars for decorating my daughters wedding. I have found them at Walmart for less per jar than ordering them in bulk online, plus there are no shipping fees. Right now it is canning season so they are in stock. They may not carry them during the Fall and Winter months. My NEW rule is check online AND in stores before buying anything. Sometimes bulk ordering will cost you more.
#8 If you already have 100+ pint jars because you do home canning, make sure to inform your guests to be careful with the jars as they will be used in the future to can with
More like realistic! I’m a little concerned myself, since my FMIL cans and volunteered her jars for my wedding. I’ve seen guests at other family weddings take full centerpieces as favors–without asking or being told to–and am afraid some of her jars may be taken by some thoughtless guests. I don’t want to turn down her generosity, but I also don’t want to deal with replacing any lost or broken jars. My grandmother is also volunteering heirloom jars (my great great grandmother’s blue canning jars, all 24 pints) as vases. As incredibly sentimental as that would be, I have the same concerns. If something were to happen to those jars especially, I’d be mortified.
What size of mason jar is best for a centerpiece for a table of 8 to 10 .
I got mine on clearance at Dollar General. And I lucked up and found some at a yard sale.
I tried Dollar General but had no luck :(
Or just skip this tired bored cheap trend all together, if you absolutely must have some, use them to hold flowers or silverware or something
Just curious, what don’t you like about them? I’m planning my wedding and considering them but I was wondering why you advise against them. Do you just think they’re being overused?
if you want them and it’s going to make you happy then get them! Don’t let other people opinions influence you, go for it girl, its your special day! I would love a wedding that had these on display!
A great place to buy them is uline.com they have different sizes and a generic version if you want something smooth, they’re cheaper than most on Amazon.
These plastic ones are perfect! http://amzn.to/1gPpglt
Don’t forget for kids/Toddlers you may want to think of diffrent cups….Broken glass is never good.
Good tip, Victoria!
Where do you get the black chalkboard looking ovals on the glass to write the names on the glasses?
Hi Danielle! You can find them here: http://amzn.to/18I5YvL
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Hi Louise! No, I don’t think it’s too large for a vase, especially if you plan on adding a large floral arrangement to it. Great idea for the pinks for candles!
They should! That is a cute idea, Laura!
This all makes sense! Good reminders…thanks for posting this!
You’re welcome, Star! Thanks for stopping by :)
Love this! I’m curious what the smallest size would be comfortable, I work with the elderly and think this would be adorable, but we don’t drink in large glasses.
Can someone also share why you put plastic under the cover…is it necessary?
The most comfortable size is probably the pint sized jar. Not too big, not too small. These blue ones are pretty popular right now (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B80TJX0/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00B80TJX0&linkCode=as2&tag=emmabrid-20) in blue; you could also try these pint jars with handles. It’s a 16.5 ounce jar and great for using as drinking glasses. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000V4J560/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000V4J560&linkCode=as2&tag=emmabrid-20 Good luck! Let me know if you have any additional questions.
I’m Rebecca from over at CharlieShake. I love that you have featured our simple but fun mason jar sign. It’s pictured there at my wedding and it worked out wonderfully. We also drilled holes in the lids and then spray painted them for all of the kids at the party. (And for the bride and groom :) didn’t want any spills on the outfits) The kids loved them and it sure helped keep some of them clean.
Love the blog! I hope to have more things up on our shop soon. Keep checkin’ it out.
While jars can be found cheap online, the shipping charges attached to them is not always worth it.
I recently ordered mason jars as favors and decorations for my wedding. It ended up much cheaper to order them online through a store with free site to store shipping (we used wal-mart) and pick them up down the street. Added bonus there of easily being able to return any cases of unneeded jars or picking up a few more (they do keep a few cases in stock) last minute.
True, the shipping charges can add up particularly if the jars you want are available locally in-store. Sometimes, though, the store may not offer a specialty size, which is when shipping is especially helpful. Site-to-store is a great suggestion, too, which as you mentioned can save money and offer a larger selection. Thanks for stopping by!
i had a BBQ last summer and had the mason jars prefilled with various drinks. i had a co worker drill straw sized holes in the lids….covered the jar opening with plastic wrap before putting on the lids…whalah! Grown up juice box….just poke the straw through the plastic wrap.
You can get regular mason jars (handle-less) for far cheaper at walmart. $7.99/12 for Kerr Brand, and $6.49/12 for Walmart Brand. Work just as well as Ball ;)
I’m thinking of using small mason jars for guests as their favors and their place card. They’ll fill their own jar with candy from the candy bar. Do you think they’ll remember to take it with them?
If not, I was thinking of having them at the table and then have a note about filling them before they leave. What size do you think would be best for the candy buffet?
Your blog is wonderful!
That sounds like such a fun idea! I think having them at the tables with a note to tell them how to use the jars (+ to take them home) will ensure your jars will be enjoyed and taken home. Great idea!
All my best,
LOVE LOVE LOVE the tips… One of my favorites posts yet… I def will keep these all in mind.
Thanks, Michelle! Glad you liked the post.
Thanks for sharing this. I have always wanted to have some displayed on my wedding. They are simply so cute!
I love the mason jar trend! I know they’ve been a long time country favorite, but the rise of rustic weddings and such has really given the mason jar a new life.
I think so too! I know this comment is from 2 years ago but I still love the trend.
Great tips, thank you! I have one more to add which I recently learned while completing a holiday project with mason jars:
Beware; although mason jars are made of sturdy molded glass, they are nonetheless still glass and can break. I sent one in the mail and thought I had used sufficient padding but apparently it wasn’t enough! So my jar and all of its contents arrived in pieces. When transporting your jars don’t forget to pack them properly to avoid an oops moment like mine!
Great tip, Merlyn! Thank you so much for sharing!
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