Well hello there D&J readers! I do hope you are all well! We seem to be steaming through August like nobody’s business and Karen is working hard spreading the Darby & Joan magic, styling weddings all through the glorious East Midlands. We’re almost at the peak of wedding season and with that in mind there’s a great Afternoon Tea Giveaway up for grabs over on Facebook.
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!
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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.
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!
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
Hello there! I had such a fab day yesterday over in Sheffield together with a group of super talented wedding industry people, including Sweet Words Stationery, Tattered Rose & Chloe Adlington. What a nice way to spend a Monday, surrounded by gorgeous girls & vintage loveliness. Cannot wait to see the photographs as they promise to be stunning…but here is a sneaky peak.
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