When I got married the first time, we lucked out and found a novice florist who was willing to contribute centerpieces for no cost other than word-of-mouth advertising.
When I got married the second time, we went with the simple, standard candles that the venue provided.
I’m not walking down the aisle again, but I still love the thought-process behind planning gorgeous, frugal weddings. And as wedding pieces are some of our most popular content, I know Femme Frugality readers like reading about them, too.
So over the weekend Homme Frugality and I put on our creative hats and messed around with super simple and frugal ways we could made easy, unique mason jar centerpieces without dropping a ton of cash.
For materials, we obviously got some mason jars. You can get mason jars at an affordable price from Paper Mart. We raided our closets and found some marbles and candles. We hit up the reuse store and got some fabric and ribbon for super cheap. And we’ll get to the part about the candy. (I know–chocolate makes it hard to wait.)
Light Up Marble Mason Jar Centerpieces
We weren’t 100% sure what we were going to do when we found the marbles, but they reminded me so much of Katie’s wedding theme with polka dots and bright colors that I knew we had to find a way to incorporate them.
You can see the end result above. We love the pattern the lights made on the wall and how the light shined through the marbles at the top. We saw room for improvement, though, so here are the instructions on how we would have liked to do this centerpiece:
- Get a mason jar and a circular, glass tube. It should be big enough to fit your candle, but keep it as small as possible so the marbles will fit around it.
- Put the tube with the candle into the center of the mason jar. Carefully slide marbles between the tube and the mason jar.
- Light candle. Look at the awesome.
With the glass tube, you’d be able to make all of the marbles light up instead of just the ones at the top.
Lacy Mason Jar Centerpieces
This one was super easy and turned out really pretty. For a more traditional wedding, just get some lace and ribbon that matches your wedding colors. Carefully use a hot glue gun or superglue to wrap the lace around the outside of the jar. Use the same method to secure your ribbon around the lip of the jar. Insert and light the candle for a quick and gorgeous centerpiece!
Personalized M&M Mason Jar Centerpieces
While chocolate is always a good thing, the reason we picked M&Ms for this centerpiece is that I went to a wedding not long ago where they had personalized M&Ms for the centerpieces and party favors.
They were adorable.
You can get them with messages and images printed on them. They had four different “prints.” One had the bride’s face, and another had the groom’s face. The remaining two designs were the date of their wedding and their names printed together.
It was so unique and fun. You can even order them in your wedding colors exclusively. For 2017 they have a promo going on where you get 10% off all orders $50+.
For this centerpiece, we literally just filled it up with M&Ms and wrapped some lace around the top. Simple, but different and fun.
How did you do centerpieces at your wedding? Were your frugal? Let us know in the comments!
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