The Siren Call of Milk Glass

I don’t know how it happened, but somehow I fell into the milk glass wedding trend. I didn’t even know what milk glass was a year ago, and now I have quite the collection of it gathering dust on top of my bookshelves and kitchen cabinets until our spring wedding. I think that’s a pretty common trend in the wedding world: the photo booth or the blue Mason jars that you never knew existed before being engaged are suddenly huge priorities. You must have them. But you had never heard of them just months earlier.

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Image via: Ruffled / Photography by: Jeremy and Alicia Brown / Floral design by: Mum’s Flowers / Event design by: Vintage Whites Wedding Rentals

I blame the internet. Actually, I blame the internet for a lot of things, but especially for my milk glass obsession. Using milk glass as wedding decor is nothing new; it’s definitely been around for several years. I’m also not the first bee to obsess over milk glass. If you want to learn more you can check out Ms. Gazelle, Mrs. Pretzel, Mrs. Archer, and Mrs. Magic‘s posts on the topic. I know it’s nothing special or new, but you know what? It’s been a lot of fun looking for milk glass. Maybe that’s part of the appeal because it’s fairly cheap and somewhat easy to find. It’s like a wedding-decor scavenger hunt! I’ve even gotten friends and family in on it too, even coworkers. A sweet English teacher down the hall brought me an entire box of milk glass pieces a few weeks ago, just because she thought I would like them. How sweet is that?

When I have some time, I will take some photos of my collection. Until then, there’s plenty of milk glass inspiration available online.

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1) Image via: Style Me Pretty / Photography by: Chenin Boutwell

2) Image via: 100 Layer Cake / Photography by: Erin Hearts Court

3) Image via: Ruffled / Photography by: Jeremy & Alicia Brown

Interested in starting your own milk glass collection? Here are some places to start looking:

  • thrift stores
  • flea markets
  • antique stores
  • yard sales
  • eBay
  • vintage shops

The cheapest places to find milk glass are definitely thrift stores like Goodwill. They sell most items for dirt cheap, but it might mean picking through a lot of random odds-and-ends to find what you are looking for. I once bought seven milk glass vases from our local Goodwill for a total of $3.50.

Buying some of the more generic pieces for cheap meant I could splurge on nicer pieces at antique stores, pieces that I will most likely keep after the wedding. But going to antique stores means wading through lots of weird stuff, like clown memorabilia. And creepy naked baby dolls. Seriously guys, I want to collect all the clown memorabilia of the world and throw it into the sun.

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The stuff of nightmares /Personal photos, unfortunately

Anywho, where were we? Ah yes, milk glass. Blue milk glass is definitely the hardest to find. If you’ve got to have the blue, I would definitely check antique shops and eBay. I found a few nice pieces in California and one here in Georgia, and I bought three on eBay. I want one blue piece for each table, so I will need to add a few more pieces to my collection before May. I think that’s a job I can handle!

Are there any wedding trends you are buying into for your wedding? If it involves clowns, I don’t want to hear about it.

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Mrs. Camel

Location:
Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    Kyann, Guest @ 12:59 pm

    Cigar boxes. :) We are having a destination wedding in Puerto Rico, and I just have to have cigar box centerpieces for my tables. So far I’ve been stalking eBay and cigar shops…I nearly have all the pieces we need, and I’ve only spent about twenty bucks!

    Oh, and I’m with you on the clown memorabilia. *shudder*

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 4:25 pm

    Mismatched china. It’s addictive. As you said, the internet just makes it worse!! :P

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    Brooke, Guest @ 8:22 pm

    I bought into the candy buffet. Although its a huge trend at weddings now, I had NEVER heard of it until I started wedding planning. I went to 6 weddings last year and none of them had candy buffets either! I started researching “Wedding Favor Ideas” saw the candy bar and it was over.. I HAD to have it. I started out planning on doing 6-8 different kinds of candy and now I have 15 jars collected and plan on filling each one with candy.. Yikes!

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    FoolsintheRain 832 posts, Busy bee @ 5:33 am

    I’ve been collecting antique cut crystal vases and antique silver bowls for decorations! Thrift stores has been my mission for the past few months and the ladies at the counters love to get updates on how the wedding planning is going!

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    Mrs. Camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 11:34 am

    Wow cigar boxes, mismatched china, candy buffet jars, and antique cut crystal vases. Collecting all of these sounds like fun! I think the act of searching for items and collecting them in and of itself is a lot of fun, but collecting them for your wedding makes it even more intense!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:30 pm

    I love collecting milk glass and other stuff for our wedding. My dad and I would go out every weekend searching for new pieces, good memories :)

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    sandra@ribbonsandfavors.com, Guest @ 5:43 pm

    Milk Glass is amazing. I have loved it for a long time. Be sure ask around your family also…lots of family members have stray pieces that they are willing to give, or loan you. Milk Glass is really quite old so you will be surprised how many in your families can dust some off from a search/cleaning in their attic, basement or closets for you.

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    heatherlm84 65 posts, Worker bee @ 6:49 pm

    Mine is old cut glass punch bowls and cups. I’m using floating candles, tea lights and flowers. I have four out of nine that I need for our July wedding.
    I’m also going bananas debating whether or not to do a candy buffet.

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