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Do or Don't: Mason Jar Centerpieces

Posted by Becca Olcott  March 20, 2013 09:30 AM

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Many brides ask me about using mason jars for reception centerpiece vases. From my point of view as a floral designer, they're a don't. Hear me out.

In theory, mason jars are a convenient way to save some money and highlight the rustic chic wedding that has been so popular the past several seasons.

Here are the issues: 1. The jars are not necessarily a cost saver. Often times, if we are limited to mason jars for flowers we are compelled to arrange several vases per table which means more arrangements and more cost. 2. I love surprising designs, and mason jars are starting to give off a whiff of cliché. How about wrapping plants in burlap or a feed sack? Don't hesitate to push the envelope a little.

Granted, this is only my opinion, and I am considering wedding designs on a daily basis. If you're a bride who is dying to use mason jars, I'm not going to rain on your parade. By all means, use them happily and confidently. It's your wedding and you only get to do it once.


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Becca Olcott has a thing for old love letters and good old-fashioned romance. Bringing daily wedding updates and advice is second nature to Becca. She spends her days working with the brides of New England designing tablescapes full of lush florals and antique gems through her business Petal Floral Design.
Casey Harrison is a wedding and portrait photographer in the lovely city of Boston. She spends her days scouting the countryside for beautiful locations for shoots and taking photos of couples in love through her business Hello Love Photography.

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