We love the simplicity of mix and match vintage mason jars as centerpieces on a rustic tablescape. But finding enough of those jars feels like a part time job in itself, with the scouring of ebay and the trips to thrift stores and flea markets. So we started thinking about all of the lovely food items that come in vessels that would be perfect substitutes for vintage glassware. Having cupboards full of this sort of thing ourselves, we love using them for vases around the house. And it seems reasonable that one might be able to save enough of these during the course of a year of wedding planning to fill your reception tables.
We chose a few of our current favorites here, but if you cruise the aisles of your nearest Whole Foods, you’ll find lots more. And you can always supplement your finds with cases of simple quart and pint size mason jars.
We used Spega La Natura yogurt (available at Whole Foods and Trader Joes), Saint Benoit Yogurt (available almost exclusively in the Bay Area, though we did recently find it at the Venice Whole Foods), and Straus Family Creamery quart and pint size pitchers. But there are tons of other products (like french mustard crocks and pasta sauce jars) that would be perfect for this kind of project… once their labels are removed.
Spega yogurt jars are absolutely perfect tea light holders. These don’t even need any further explanation. And the St. Benoit yogurt crocks make nice little succulent planters, but they could easily be used as vases too.
And then the big jars. This is where it gets fun.
We wrapped ours in scraps of quilting fabric and detailed them with different ribbons and trims. SUCH an easy project and one you and your bridesmaids (or crafty friends) could do well before the wedding. We love love love using varied patterns and textures within the same color family all mixed up together. Plus if you dress up your jars you can probably skip expensive flowers and use a few stems of simple blooms and greens instead.
This was hard! We had so many creative comments from you all, it was nearly impossible to decide. But in the end we did, obviously. We chose two winners actually, Lee and Jackie, each representing very different takes on what it means to creatively and thoughtfully involve your bridemaids in your wedding.
We loved that Lee made it possible to really spend time with her bridesmaids during the days leading up to the wedding. And she turned last minute DIY into a really fun way for everyone to spend time laughing and crafting together. We would love to be part of a wedding where we were given a private yoga class and floral arranging lessons! Such a great way to really show your appreciation to the most important women in your life.
And in a completely different way, Jackie’s plan to incorporate the spiritual history of her ceremony location into her actual wedding is just beautiful. We love the thread she’s created between her own bride tribe and the women who lived on her fiance’s land long ago. Such a simple, thoughtful way to recognize the significance of her own marriage in relation to those that have come before. And we can’t wait to see the feather headpieces!
Congrats Lee and Jackie! Please send us your addresses so we can mail your packages asap!
We have to say, it has been such a fun time opening the emails our friend Jenna sends us with her wedding inspiration tidbits. The latest one is insane. Ruffles, pleats, pink poofy layers, soft feather plumes and shiny prize ribbons. Jenna’s dress is being crafted as we speak by her talented sister, Sarah (hello, handmade!!), who studied fashion design at the Chicago Art Institute. Sarah is also currently working on her own line due to be finished this summer (more to come on that later). Behold – a feast of sugary delights:
and then there are the sketches… maybe you should sit down?
Uh yea, we can’t wait to see it in person either. How amaaazing is this?!
Ameet and Lainie are old friends from Kansas City who put together a completely do-it-with-your-friends-and-family, backyard wedding a few years ago. They had just bought their first house and decided having their wedding at home was a perfect way to make their wedding personal, to keep the cost down, and to show off their new digs to family and friends. Ameet is originally from Bombay and Lainie from Missouri so in order to honor both marriage traditions, they had two ceremonies. So fun!
Ameet is a designer at Hallmark, so obviously he designed the invitations himself. They used friends and family for the rest of their “vendors” whenever they could. A friend, Maria Brenny, took all of their photos and another friend, Sammy, played the guitar for their ceremonies. They bought liquor at cost through a favorite restaurant and martini bar, Velvet Dog, and even used their bartenders. Lainie’s mom’s friend made the bouquets with flowers from Costco, and Lainie’s mom tended orchids from Costco during the months leading up to the wedding so they were in perfect shape at the right time. She and her parents planned the arbor for the ceremony in the springtime, her dad built planter boxes and the trellis, and by fall the plants had filled out and it was beautiful.
Lainie said she took a lot of chances but it all worked out. Also, did you see Lainie rocking the crop top saree??? Piles of bonus points to her just for that. She looked amazing!
Venue: their backyard / Photograher: Maria Brenny / Food: Steven Ellenberg, Bagel Works / Drinks and bartenders: Velvet Dog / Flowers: Maui Goose and Costco / Dresses: Utsav Sarees and BCBG from Nordstrom
Soft and punchy candy colors.
(large photo: Miles Aldridge), (umbrella and flower photo: I. Anton’s Flickr Photostream found via Oh Joy), (teacup plate photo: found via Apartment Therapy)