Whether you're going for rustic garden party or vintage-inspired gala, one wedding favor can capture the right essence no matter your theme: the mason jar. It's simple, charming, and can be used for just about anything. While there are countless ways to use mason jars for your wedding, our favorite place to include them is as part of your favors. But with so many couples packing up their favors in these beloved canning jars, how do you make yours stand out? Ahead, ideas to upgrade the standard mason jar favor and keep your guests talking about your takeaways long after the reception ends.
Think about branding.
Are you having your wedding stationer create a custom crest or monogram for your invite suite? Ask for the digital file or see if they can help you create a personalized label that can be used for your favors. Affix it to the side of the jar or on the lid for something pretty and customized. Another cute options? Wrap your jar with ribbon and use your wax seal to keep it all together.
Fill them with something unexpected.
Many couples fill their mason jar favors with snacks and drinks, but Nikki Boyd, home décor blogger at At Home With Nikki, says to think outside the box. " Make your jars into a mini terrarium or fill them with a few air plants instead—they are soil-free and easy to maintain." Instead of tossing the leftover jar in the hotel trash, your guests will want to use them as windowsill decorations for their home and office.
Try a twist on the classic drinkable favor.
How many times have you left a wedding with a mini bottle of Champagne or wine? It's a great gift, but it's been done before. Consider blooming tea (a bundle of dried tea leaves wrapped around dried flowers) instead. It's subtle, stunning, and something you can DIY. "By simply adding hot water to a mason jar, the tea bud blooms into a beautiful flower right before your eyes and then becomes a yummy cup of tea your guests can enjoy," says Cameron Hardesty, floral expert and Head of Products at flower delivery service UrbanStems. "You can have hot water on hand for your guest to sip right then and there or they can take it home to enjoy it as they remember your special day."
Make it a DIY for guests.
One wedding favor trend that's becoming increasingly popular is making them into an activity for guests to do at the reception. One fun idea is a flower bar. "Ask your florist to use extra loose stems to stock a flower bar during the cocktail hour or reception, with presentation tables on either side filled with mason jars with a chalkboard label," explains Boyd. "Then, encourage guests to write their names on the mason jars and DIY their own arrangements during the evening."