10 Easy Ways to Use Jam Jars at your Wedding

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Today we’ve got 10 really simple but creative wedding ideas for you, all based around the humble jam jar or Mason Jar  as our American friends better know them as. Karen has loads of these available which you can incorporate into your styling and decor, but if you fancy taking on a simple DIY task then this is a sure fire way to get creative.

So next time you finish your jam, or pasta sauce, forget chucking it in your recycling and up cycle it instead; turning it into something really rather lovely for your wedding day!

Lots of Love

Mirlah xox


Fill Them

1. Centrepieces

The perfect way to dress your tables for a country, vintage or rustic wedding. Whether you opt for a cluster on round tables or a row on a long trestles, jam jars just look effortlessly stunning filled with your favourite blooms. Jars are also great if your flower budget is limited as you can reduce the number of flowers needed by not having large arrangements.

2. Favours

Fill them with crayons for the kids, layer up the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies, or even turn them back into their original purpose and make some homemade jam or chutney. Just pop a sticky label on them and you’ll have yourself a quirky thank you present for your guests.

3. Pew Ends

Whether you’re getting married in a church or having an outdoor ceremony, adding some florals to the chairs or pews is a great way to add a splash of colour. Fill them with wild flowers and hang with twine or wire and, ta-da the ceremony venue will be transformed. It’s also an easy way of transporting them over to the reception venue to use them there too!

4. Cocktails

So the next idea is nothing new but it had to be on the list. I still get excited when I get to drink out of jar and a stripy straw! I love the idea of the jar being a gift to guests with their name on and their’s to fill up for the night. This would work really well if you were having a DIY bar with lots of drinks dispensers full of your fave cocktails.

Fill Them |10 Easy Ways to use Jam/Mason Jars at your Wedding | Darby  & Joan Vintage

Image Credits: Moodboards by: Best Day Ever

Jam Favours: Buzzfeed | Jam Jar Cocktails: Poppy and Pearl Co

Mason Jar Glasses: The Big Beez | Jar Centrepieces: Cute et Cute | Jam Jar Flower Arrangements: 100 Layer Cake

Ceremony Pew Ends: The Knot | Children’s Crayon Favours: Justin & Keary Weddings via Ruffled

Hang Them

5. Backdrops & Table Plans

Photobooths are still a great way to add a bit of fun and interaction into your big day and lots of people like to get stuck in a create a DIY backdrop. You could hang them from a tall rail or hook them up on wood to create an eye catching backdrop. Or how about using it as a table plan? Just pop some labels on the jars and let your guests know where they are sitting in style.

6. Candles

So simple but so effective and very pretty! Take one jar and a tea light some wire and you’ve got yourself a twinkling lantern that will look great when the sun goes down. To save relighting opt for bigger candles instead of tea lights and even consider filling the jar with lavender to create a lovely aroma.

7. Statement Decor

Let’s think even bigger! I’m seeing lots of statement floral arrangements these days with fantastic hanging elements drawing your eye up. They are all kinds of fabulous but can be expensive so hanging jars of flowers is a great way to still get the wow factor on a smaller budget! I just love the image below with the rustic ladder – beaut!

Hang Them - 10 Easy Ways To Use Jam/Mason Jars at your Wedding |Darby & Joan Vintage

Image Credits: Hanging Candles: Indulgy | Hanging Jar Backdrop: One Fab Day

Hanging Jar Light Bulbs: Unknown Source | Hanging Jar Flowers: We Heart It | Hanging Jar Candles: Unknown Source

Statement Decor with Ladder: Caught The Bouquet | Hanging Jars in the Trees: Gideon Photo via Frosted Petticoat Blog

Decorate Them

8. Glitter

Ok, this WILL get messy, no matter how many layers of newspaper you put down or if you do it outside, things will get sparkly! But, let’s face it, it is worth it!. A jar, glitter ,PVA & (a Hoover!) and you are good to go!

9. Lace & Twine

The ultimate way to decorate you jars is simply by adding some rustic twine, ribbon and lace. If you’re going for the vintage feel then this look is definitely for you and so easy to create and add a personal touch.

10. Paint

A little more time consuming but with colour popping bang on trend at the mo, the result of this DIY will be worth it. The paint is usually poured and brushed on the inside of the jar and creates a gorgeous glossy effect on the outside. Another idea is to use a hot glue gun on the outside and write your message, once dried you can paint the outside and it creates a wonderful embossed look! How about using this idea for  your table numbers?

DIY Them | 10 Ways to use Jam/Mason Jars in your Wedding | Darby & Joan Vintage

Image Credits: Hand Painted Jar: The Frisky | Glitter Jam Jars: Birds Party Blog

Animal Lid Mason Jars: Land of Nams |Paper Heart Jar: WV Weddings | Lace & Twin Jars: Post Road Vintage

Colourful Painted Jars: Griottes | Painted Jar with Glue Gun Writing: Unknown Source

So there we have it, 10+ Ways to incorporate jam jars into your wedding day. I hope you are feeling inspired. Now…What are you waiting for? Get saving those jars, even get you family and friends on the case, you can never have enough candles in jars.

11:16 20 August 2014

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!

Wish you were here | Seasdie Wedding Inspiration

Hello you lovely lot, I do hope all is well and good. The weekend saw me travelling up to the Yorkshire Coast for a spot of sun, sea and sand  – Great British style. Taking inspiration from the sights and sounds of the great seaside towns, it got me thinking… what a great theme for a wedding! This week we take a look at how you can bring the seaside shores to your wedding without a sack of builder’s sand in sight.

Mirlah x

Beach Waves

Why is it after a day at the beach your hair starts to do amazing things? After all that sea, sand and trying to ‘surf’ it somehow dries into the most effortless tresses you’ve ever seen.  Recreate the look by curling your hair and then teasing out each curl with your fingers or a wide tooth comb, this stops you curls looking too ‘done’. Add a touch of bohemia by braiding small sections or wear in a loose fishtail plait to bring a touch of elegance to the ‘surfer girl’ look. Rock My Wedding have a fab post on how to create gorgeous boho waves that will stay in all day & night.

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Beach Boho Waves Wedding Hair

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Beach boho Waves Wedding Hair up do

Eric McVey via Wedding Chicks / Mary Kate Olsen via Fabrik of Life

Fresh Face

It’s no secret, us girls have been rocking the ‘no makeup’ trend for years, giving the illusion of a more natural fresh faced look.  There’s something about the way you look after a sun/funfilled day at the seaside. A little windswept yes, but there’s a gorgeous nautral glow that lies behind that layer of sand. Minimal makeup is the key to  beach chic – think rosy cheeks, a sun kissed glow and soft pink lips to create a healthy, flawless finish.

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Fresh Faced Bridal MakeupSeaside Wedding Inspiration | No Makeup Wedding Makeup

Joanna Krusta via Fashionising  / Weddings by Lilly

Buckets of Flowers

Taking a walk along the cliffs at Flamborough I was amazed at the gorgeous wild flowers that adorned the cliff tops – bluebells, daisies and long grasses with pops of colour, it was beautiful. Create stunning centrepieces by displaying your wild flowers in glass jars wrapped with a little hessian or twine. You could even go a step further and use a traditional sand bucket as a vase. Keep the flowers mixed and varied in colour and size to recreate a wild look.

 Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Bucket of Flowers

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Wild Flowers

David McNeil via Rock n Roll Bride / Jason Mark Harris via Love my Dress

Sweet as Candy

Walking along the seafront you’d be forgiven in thinking you were experiencing a spot of the old deju vu. Candy Floss, donuts, rock, fudge, icecream  – all on repeat from the beach shacks and cafes. With the recent popularity of dessert tables, the seaside theme lends itself to a lavish sweet-toothed affair. Stacks of donuts,  a candy floss machine and an icream van stocked with your favourite flavours are guaranteed to bring a little sweet seaside nostalgia into your wedding day. You could even give your guests a little something sweet to take away, how about mini jars of rock as wedding favours?

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Rock Candy FavoursSeaside Wedding Inspiration | Seaside Sign

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Wedding Ice cream Van

Seaside Sign: Kitchen Pink Wedding Icecream Van: Fiona Kelly Photography via Love my Dress Rock Favours: The Last Detail

Lots of laughs

For many being at the seaside will bring back fond happy memories, make sure your wedding is chockabock full of fun and laughter and recreate a few favourites. A carousel, bingo and a twist on the popular photo booth. No trip to the seaside would be complete without a slight gender swap in one of those seaside cut outs. No kids coming? don’t let that put you off, guaranteed no one will be able to resist a quick bash at the coconut shy.

 Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Seaside Cutout

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Coconut Shy

Vowed & AmazedSam Gibson via boho weddings

Wish You Were Here

The postcard! The ultimate souvernir of happy seaside memories. There are so many ways you can incorporate it in your seaside wedding. Set the tone with the invitation and add little seaside or nautical touches to all your stationery. A postcard guest book is a great twist on the traditional. Collect vintage postcards for your guests to leave their well-wishing messages on, you could display them after the big day too.

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Postcard Guest Book

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Postcards

Caught the Light via The Wedding of my Dreams / Debbie Dennis via Pinterest

Fish & Chips

Possibly the first thing you think of when you utter the words British Seaside. Whether you go for mini fish and chips canapes, a wedding breakfast or a full on chipshop van, your guests will be more than happy to tuck into this British Classic! Yum.

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Mini Fish and Chips Canapes

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Fish and Chips van

Light it Up

When the sun goes down the seaside really comes into it’s own. Mimic the vibrancy of the promenade by using string lights and light up props. Festoon lighting looks fabulous and creates a great atmosphere. Vowed and Amazed have an awesome selection of light up letters and signs. In fact do go and have a look at their entire prop collection it’s pretty fabulous! Pastel coloured bouncy castle anybody?

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Festoon Lighting and Bunting

Seaside Wedding Inspiration | Light up signs Vowed & Amazed

Lara Hotz via The Lane / Vowed & Amazed

Toot Toot

I lost count of the number of VW campers I saw zooming downing the costal roads so let’s face it, a camper is the must have way to transport you to your seaside inspired wedding day. Deck your camper out with ribbons and bunting and clamber aboard ready to arrive at your destination in true style. Our VW Campervan Dolly loves a good wedding and following her recent makeover she’s available to hire and ready to share your special day. Say hello to Dolly here!

VW Camper van for hire

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside. Fresh air, fun and nostalgia. Would you consider bringing the seaside to your wedding day or know anyone who has? We’d love you to share with us.

6:36 1 August 2013

Sew lovely…

Apologies for the pun on the title of this post – I am cringing myself, but it is better than the others I thought of…

Darby & Joan catered for this 125 guest vintage afternoon tea party in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire which is part of the National Trust.


Darby & Joan were invited to cater for an afternoon tea party at Kedleston Hall at the beginning of this month.  The guest list was made up of 125 textile artists from the Second Turning Textile Group.  The group had just opened their new exhibition at the Hall which is open until 22nd September.

Very broadly, the work & exhibition was inspired by the architecture, collections and landscape at Kedleston Hall and showed how rich, lively and versatile textiles can be.

Our menu was what we do best – finger sandwiches, teetering high layer cakes, fresh out of the oven scones, rich chocolate brownies and lots of tea.  A simple menu, but one that we knew would be enjoyed and appreciated.

We had two areas to serve.  We set up camp in the Orangery and had a handful of guests seated with us in there and the rest of the group were served in a marquee.

The weather was kind, the guests were very lovely, the atmosphere gentle and it was another great success.

Thank you to Kedleston for inviting us to work with you – it doesn’t get much better than working with The National Trust.

Not forgetting a huge thank you to Emma Cleveley Photography for capturing the day so beautifully.

Darby & Joan catered for a 125 guest afternoon vintage tea party in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire which is part of the National Trust.Darby & Joan catered for a 125 guest afternoon vintage tea party in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire which is part of the National Trust.Darby & Joan catered for a 125 guest afternoon vintage tea party in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire which is part of the National Trust.Darby & Joan catered for a 125 guest afternoon vintage tea party in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire which is part of the National Trust.Darby & Joan catered for a 125 guest afternoon vintage tea party in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire which is part of the National Trust.Darby & Joan catered for a 125 guest afternoon vintage tea party in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire which is part of the National Trust.Darby & Joan catered for a 125 guest afternoon vintage tea party in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire which is part of the National Trust.Darby & Joan catered for a 125 guest afternoon vintage tea party in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire which is part of the National Trust.

17:26 12 August 2012

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