A-Mason’ Centerpieces

Did you like my little pun in the title? If you haven’t already figured this out, I am beyond obsessed with mason jars in general. Blue Ball mason jars, specifically. I’ve already found enough to serve as flower holders for the centerpieces at our wedding, so I thought I’d do a little research and find some inspiration for the flowers and settings of these beautiful jars. Here we go…

There’s just something about the combination of blue and yellow that slays me every time. I like both of these flower arrangements, even though they’re very different.


Apparently, I am not the only one who likes this color combination. I’d say the majority of blue mason jar centerpieces I found involve yellow flowers. Excellent!


I love the easy, wildflower feel of these flowers. The mason jars look so pretty against the yellow and green linens.


Now we move on to clear mason jars in this picture. I’m totally digging these flowers. I love how full this arrangement looks.


You can’t go wrong with peonies. Ever.


I believe (and please, correct me if I’m wrong, Mom) the white flowers here are dahlias. Love love love ’em! I’m also appreciating the ribbon tied around the jar.


I want to do something similar to this one, tying (yellow?) rustic ribbon around each vase. I love the flowers in this arrangement, too.


My conclusions based on these pictures and the rest of my research is that the flower arrangements need to be big and lush in order for my wedding to feel country-chic and not country-cheap. Although I still want to keep things feeling organic and hand-picked, I need to tell the florist to keep the flower heads big and fill in all the empty spaces with smaller buds. All this inspiration has got me pretty pumped for our own centerpieces.

Finally, here’s a brilliant idea for what to do with all the leftover mason jars AFTER the wedding. :) Hello, Christmas presents next year?

So I ask you all: have you caught the mason jar bug, too? Or are you going for a more polished look with your centerpieces?


Mrs. Trail Mix

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Wedding Date:
June 2010
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  1. frenchfries Member
    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:32 pm

    Cute! I think that maybe doing a combo of ribbon and raffia (like in the 2nd to last picture) would give it a cute, rustic vibe. :)

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    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 4:34 pm

    So pretty! I love how the full flowers look, peony, dahlia etc… I agree that you need a full arrangement to pull of this look. What fun!

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    pudding 1183 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:43 pm

    I love a good pun! I also love the wild-ness of these centerpieces – they kind of feel like you picked the flowers yourself early that morning.

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    Angel, Guest @ 4:48 pm

    I LOVE mason jars at weddings…do you guys remember Mrs. Cherry Pie’s?


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    TerraWellness, Guest @ 4:49 pm

    I think the pink dahlias would look so great in the blue masons. Love em!

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    IA_Snowflake 1913 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:52 pm

    I used mason jars and filled them with white calla lillies and green and white roses. We tied a green ribbon around. They were very pretty for my lake wedding.

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    Curlysue 1703 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:14 pm

    Oh I love the Ball mason jars. I actually just scored some in blue and also clear for FREE from my Grandpa’s friend who was going to sell them. :) EEE! Just a word of caution, don’t put candles in the blue ones. From what I hear they can explode and have done so before at a reception. Very scary! Oh! Did you also know you can actually do faux blue inside clear ones and no one would basically ever know! It’s online—I’ve seen it. Just make sure they aren’t used for drinking—of course :)

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:16 pm

    @Miss French Fries: Raffia!!! I’ve been calling it “rustic ribbon” bc I couldn’t think of the name of that twine-type stuff…well done!

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    IvyClimb 2612 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:18 pm

    I’m batty in love with both mason jars and dahlias, and I just saved that pic of the dahlias in the jar with the ribbon around it to my inspiration board. Thanks! Personally I gravitate toward the clear ones, partly because blue is not one of our wedding colors, which I think is lucky for me since the aqua ones are more rare and thus expensive. Props to you for collecting them already!

    I keep thinking of different ways to incorporate these lovely jars into our wedding. I really enjoy the ribbon tied around it as well. We are currently thinking we’ll do a high centerpiece on each table with branches and hanging votives, surrounded by a smattering of cut wine bottles and mason jars filled with dahlias, wine corks, submerged flowers, etc. We could hang some of these from shepherd’s hooks on the walkway that leads to the ceremony area, then move them onto the reception tables after the ceremony! Man these jars are the gift that keeps giving.

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:25 pm

    Great inspiration, I think you could even do ribbon-like strips of fabric with unfinished edges and raffia wrapped around the jars. To do the strips, just snip along the grain and then pull a Hulk rip them apart.

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    elfe515 45 posts, Newbee @ 8:35 pm

    Yessss! We are definitely incorporating blue Ball jars into our NC barn wedding. My fiance is from Muncie, Indiana, where they used to make those ball jars, so we want to include ball jars for our Indiana shout out! Can’t wait to see how you work them into your wedding. Did you find any blue jar bouquets that didn’t use yellow flowers by chance?

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:37 pm

    I like the idea of using Mason jars in the centerpieces. I haven’t seen it at a wedding yet, but a friend used them at her rehearsal dinner. They totally fit the theme of her party and they were adorable!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 8:56 pm

    I love blue mason jars. :)

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    Alison, Guest @ 9:36 pm

    I’m doing Mason jars as well. Can’t help but love them.

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    Miss Chicken 365 posts, Helper bee @ 9:39 pm

    Ooooh!! I looove Mason jars! I/we are using them at our wedding! We’re getting married in a period building (stone walls, high ceilings with wooden beams etc), so the jars will look fantastic. Our colours are grey and yellow (grey will pick up in the stone walls)…So I am using clear jars with yellow ribbon around the top and white hydangeas in them. We have long tables, so I will be alternating the flower arrangements with jars with candles in them to give a “romantic” feel hah. I am convinced that I will keep most of the jars afterwards and find some kind of use for them. I also managed to get all 40-something of mine for approx. $20. Oh, and I am using antique milk bottles for window sill decos…Can you tell I love old glass jars? hah

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:20 am

    I’ve never seen mason jars filled like the fuller ones here! They look AWESOME! I absolutely love that look.

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    stripes 1063 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:53 am

    I am in LOVE with blue ball mason jars and have been snapping them up as fast as I can whenever I spot em for cheap. Which sadly, isn’t often enough. We’re using the blue ones for booze, the clear ones or water, and potentially a few for centerpieces…mostly b/c I did a little test run and LOVED how the mason jars looked. I just wrote about it today- so check em out.

    hooray for mason jars!

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:22 am

    I love mason jars… they have a bazillion uses! :)

    We are using mason jars for our outdoor reception in the US (for his family that couldn’t make it to our actual wedding in Canada)

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    Yvette 10 posts, Newbee @ 5:09 am

    I love the idea of using these jars for centerpieces. I really want that at my wedding.
    Like the blue and yellow combo!

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    Josh, Guest @ 7:57 am

    Love these ideas and color combos!!!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:43 am

    Lovely inspiration photos!

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    potatochips 1193 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:01 am

    I love the easy-breezy feel of these!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5689 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:54 am

    I LOVE the 5th photo from the bottom–the “full” one with the white and pink and the smaller buds poking out haphazardly. What a beautiful arrangement.

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    fromcharleston 651 posts, Busy bee @ 1:53 pm

    i think you could mix the daisies and the roses…if you keep the flowers in the same color family, they’ll look pulled together. baby’s breath will look pretty and casual and poufy, plus it’s inexpensive and you can mix it in with more expensive flowers. i also like french fries’s idea of mixing ribbon and twine or raffia.

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    Lo 538 posts, Busy bee @ 2:23 pm

    I LOVE the blue mason jars! I have had the pic of the dahlias in the mason jar saved in my inspiration folder for awhile now. I’ve started searching out antique and thrift stores around Atlanta in hopes of finding some at a good price. If anyone has any suggestions of where to look let me know!

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    firemuffy 204 posts, Helper bee @ 1:26 am

    Blue mason jars rock. Its a pity that I cannot find any here!

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    Sandia 76 posts, Worker bee @ 1:44 pm

    Pretty! I have had this idea too.

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    Sarah, Guest @ 3:41 pm

    I am doing mason jars with raffia around the top. We are going to go pick our flowers at a pick our own flower farm the day before the wedding then assemble them all together. We are hoping to have cosmos, lilies, and other summer flowers that grow in the midest.

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    KatelynG 6 posts, Newbee @ 8:03 am

    I think the mason jars add a touch of simple elegance. I’ve seen some other centerpieces that just come across as so impersonal and way over the top. I am totally in love with this idea and think its absolutely beautiful 😀

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    Sandia 76 posts, Worker bee @ 1:28 pm

    I have to agree with KatelynG…they do add a touch of simple elegance. I love Shabby Chic bedding and such that is sold a target. I am a country girl at heart, and the mason jars speak to me. They show who I am and who my fiance is too. We’re just simple people. No need to look fancy and stuffy.

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    Table Numbers, Revisited | Weddingbee, Guest @ 9:12 am

    […] I think they’re simple, sweet and will go well with our mason Jar centerpieces. […]

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    missgracekelly, Guest @ 3:57 pm

    I am in love with the dahlia picture…do we think that the jar in that picture is quart or half gallon sized?

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