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Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed
Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 14:29
Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed

The Ohio gay marriage ruling has been stayed. Appeals will likely take months.

How to Get Legally Married in Vermont
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:19
How to Get Legally Married in Vermont

All you need to know about getting legally married in Vermont!

How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:44
How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island

Same-sex couples can be legally married in Rhode Island. 

Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 20:49
Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun

Patricia and Julissa were married under the hot desert sun of the Texas landscape!

Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:15
Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit

The 10th Circuit is hearing arguments in the Oklahoma marriage equality case.

Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:09
Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men

Guys, it's not all about the tux. Wow your man with some fun unmentionables!

Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:48
Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC

Barbie and Alexa decided to make their love legal on their 8-year anniversary!

Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:00
Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend

John Legend's song All of Me touches me to my core every time I hear it, and that's why I'm choosing it as this week's Wednesday Wedding Song.

Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:23
Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed

A federal judge is considering staying his recent ruling that same-sex marriage be recognized in the state.

Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:31
Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together

Patrick and Arive recently celebrated 10 years of love together.


Mason jars are a wedding favorite and it’s easy to see why. Their budget-friendly and can be bought in bulk, making them the perfect container for a number of purposes. Whether for functional use, decoration, or gifts for attendees, here are ten ideas about how to use Mason jars in any wedding.

FUNCTIONALITY

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Mason jars are often used as glassware in DIY weddings, but in Kevin and Pete’s Real Wedding, they used Mason jars decorated with Human Rights Campaign Equality stickers to serve guests beverages. At the end of the event, the Mason jars were washed out and a Yankee candle was put inside it for guests to take home.

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In the venue restroom, a Mason jar filled with bathroom amenities such as mints or soap is a thoughtful touch. Decorate it with the wedding theme to customize the look.

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If you come across an extra large Mason jar in your search, turn it into a drink dispenser. Perfect for outdoor summer weddings, fill with tasty lemonade or your signature punch as a treat for the eyes and the taste buds.

 

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Food stations are a major trend right now, and Mason jars make for unique container options. For instance, fill Mason jars with your favorite sweet treats to brighten up a candy food station.

 

DECOR

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For a Starbucks-inspired wedding, consider making a centerpiece using a jar and coffee beans. It’s a simple way to give an earthy feel, and guests can even take the beans home with them.

 

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There are a lot of ways to make jar lanterns, but this DIY tutorial shows how to make patriotic Mason jars, perfect for a summer wedding. Don’t have the time to DIY? Etsy shop BootsNGus, has beautiful Mason jar chandeliers.

 

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Vintage photo Mason jars are a great way to feature pictures of the happy couple, all you need is the picture, a jar and vegetable oil. This tutorial also suggests adding a bit of dried lavender to improve the smell.

 

GIFTS FOR GUESTS

 

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Having a winter wedding? Offer hot cocoa in Mason jars for people as a favor for a treat they’re sure to enjoy on a cold night. Brides or grooms can easily make themselves—just layer the ingredients into the jar. Another enchanting winter wonderland Mason jar option is a DIY snow globe.

 

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Paula Dean has a great recipe for vanilla coffee syrup that can be put into a Mason jar; the tutorial also instructs how to put in a plastic pump dispenser so that the syrup is easy to put into coffee. This would be a great favor for guests, something that they can enjoy after the wedding.


Photo: Kevin and Pete's Real Wedding, photography by Kristin Korpos Photography; casaresnick.com; affectionfordetail.blogspot.com; theknot.com; savedbylovecreations.com; augandeverythingafter.com; pauladeen.com

TRAVEL

Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Published: Friday, 21 February 2014 00:56

Many consider the island of St. John to be the jewel in the Caribbean crown. Affluent and tranquil, this tiny tropical paradise is only 13 miles long and four miles wide.

Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Published: Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:11

Cruises serving the LGBT community have long been popular, but gay-friendly traveling options are widening as cruise lines increasingly welcome same-sex couples. 

Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:00

Mount Airy Casino Resort offers a picturesque honeymoon and wedding destination to gay, lesbian and allied couples alike.

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Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:00

As we approach our engagement party where our families will meet our partner for the first time, as well as each other, we are feeling really nervous that they will be uncomfortable and confused.