Aaah, the Mason jar. They’re everywhere in weddings these days, and some people are sick of ”˜em (see: the Mason Jar Manifesto, which traveled the blogosphere at light speed recently).
Here’s the thing—we’re Mason jar people. I mentioned that when I was talking about our centerpieces and I’ll say it again. We’re Mason jar people! We had a solid collection of jars going back when we lived with FBIL/GM Jesse and FSIL/BM Ashley, and Mr. Dragon was honestly really sad when we moved out and didn’t take the jars with us. There are currently three living in our cupboards, which I found while unpacking, and they are Mr. Dragon’s favourite option for drinks. For some reason, a nice cold rye and Coke just tastes better when it comes from a Mason jar.
The kitchen cupboards in the house I grew up in were also filled with Mason jars, although they were the fancy ones specifically made for drinks because they had a handle. I’m no stranger to the jar, my friends. Want proof?
You’ve seen this photo before—I mentioned our “dinner date” in our how-we-met story. Mr. Dragon decided, the first spring we were dating, that he was going to take me out for a date. I guess in northern Ontario, dinner and drinks sometimes means hanging out in a clear-cut with bags of potato chips drinking wine from a jar. I have to admit that those appear to be spaghetti jars, which is even worse, but the point, I think, is made.
All of this is to say that we’re going to drink out of Mason jars at the wedding, and it’s not because it’s trendy, it’s because we’re Mason jar people, plain and simple. We’re having wine on all the tables and a grab-it-yourself/mix-it-yourself bar, so this way we don’t have to worry so much about where dirty cups go and accumulating garbage.
Canadian Tire sells cases of a dozen 500 milliliter Mason jars (the standard size) for $8.69. I’m planning to buy five cases to give us 60 glasses, which seems like it should suffice for 50 guests. So, $43.35 for our cups, which might seem like a lot, but you have to remember that we’re renting everything and to rent glasses for everyone would equal about the same, though likely a small bit cheaper. But, with Mason jars, people get to take ”˜em home if they want and I don’t have to worry about what happens if they get broken.
I do want to make it clear to people that they need to hang on to their jar for the evening, although I’m going to buy some cheap-o plastic party cups just in case. Enter the sign!
I’m not really into the rhyme-y wedding sign thing and “This jar is your key to the beverage kingdom” makes me laugh. I think our sign will be more similar to the first example here—just a simple explanation that this is your glass, please label it, fill it up, and try not to lose it.
Label, you ask? Right. I bought these from Craneology on Etsy:
Image from Craneology
I’m going to stick one on each jar and provide a whole bunch of coloured Sharpies for the labeling part. I’m hoping the condensation/spilled drinks don’t render the labels unreadable by the end of the night but, then again, by the end of the night will anyone care? And, given that I only have 60 of these suckers to decorate, I’m going to try to make each one a little unique, using the assortment of ribbons, lace, fabric, and yarn I’m picking up along this wedding-decor journey.
As for Mr. Dragon and me, I have a plan to make our glasses extra fancy, in lieu of toasting flutes we will never use.
Mason jars, adhesive, candlesticks. Easy peasy (and nobody will steal our cups!).
You Mason-jar-manifesto people probably hate me by now, but I’m thinking about latching onto another recent trend—fun straws.
Image from ThePartyFairy on Etsy
Totally unnecessary but totally adorable. I haven’t decided yet, but I kind of love these.
I told Mr. Dragon about the Mason jar plan, and he was excited at the prospect of people not keeping their jars so we can have them to add to our collection. I told you we’re Mason jar people!
My only concern is that people who switch between drinks, like wine with dinner and something else after, might be weirded out by using the same glass.
Is that a valid concern? Personally, I’d have no problem with it, but I’m not very picky. Would you be bothered? Should I get different glasses for dinner (and thus totally spend more money than I wanted to) or is it OK to use ”˜em more than once?