Though it may seem there exists an endless list of possibilities, the truth is that many of the jars pitched as wedding favor containers are too small, poorly made, or too impractical to be of much use. We’ve eliminated those that didn’t measure up in three important categories and then selected our favorites. What makes these favor jars best of class? These jars offer a combination of these characteristics…
1. They are a good value for the price.
2. They are versatile – they can be adapted to differing wedding styles AND can be used after the wedding, at home everyday or for other celebrations…like a baby shower!
3. They are captivating. They are a detail your guests will notice.
I also listed a couple jars that just did not measure up at the end of this article, along with a brief explanation. Take a look.
SMALL BELL JAR WITH WHITE FLUTED BASE
Our favorite thing about these jars is how little you need to do to make these shine. They are really interesting just to look at, especially massed together, and make anything inside of them look better — cookies, cupcakes, small plants – anything! They are not so good when it comes to storage — the glass lid just sits on top and they are not very large. You’re not going to be storing last night’s dinner leftovers in one of these. Individually, these may not be as useful as when you have 6, 8 or a dozen that you could use at a dinner party. They are a reasonable size at 3″ X 3″ x 4″ high and are well made.
These jars are a good value, sturdy & definitely something your guests will easily be able to find uses for at home. Only consideration – they are small. Note the 3.75″ X 2.75″ dimension. Depending on what you are putting inside of these, their size could be an advantage…less needed to fill these jars!
These jars are AWESOME. They look better in person than even the image. They have a heavy [‘expensive’] weight to them and the lid fit is nice and snug. They are sleek and modern, a nice alternative to many of the other options available. Downside – they are a bit pricey.
MINIATURE MILK BOTTLE WITH CORK STOPPER
These continue to be a very popular jar, with good reason. They are versatile, they are really cute with a truly vintage vibe to them, and they are about the least expensive glass favor jar we carry. Their downside is that they do not seal, so these are not appropriate for liquids and you would not want to use these in situations where they are likely to tip over. They are sturdy too — we’ve knocked a few of these off our table onto a carpeted floor while taking photos — did not break.
We love their shape and vintage feel. We also love the unusual and vibrant colors that these come in, though that does make it impossible to clearly see what is inside if that is important. [These are the jars in our lead image] They have the same cork top issue as the milk bottle – the cork stays put, but it’s not going to keep liquids in or prevent spills of any sort should these tip.
And TWO that didn’t make the cut:
DIY Blank Glass Milk Bottles
These milk bottles absolutely get the job done, and are a great choice for safely storing liquids or anything you don’t want to accidentally spill. They are reasonably priced, and do allow for some creative personalization options with labels and ribbon or twine. They are a bit too functional. Especially with the lid off and the threaded finish showing, these may be too commercial for some people. We’ve looked around for something other than the plain white metal caps as well, and have not found anything much better (other than black).
Miniature Mason Jars
The mason jar wave crested a few years back, but they remain popular today, particularly when creating a casual & comfortable feel for an event. These have the same screw-off lid issue as the milk bottles above – the threaded glass top and simple design give these a mass produced feel. Our main issue with these is the size, especially when used for drinks with the cut-out lids. These are small, holding barely 8 oz. Further, with the flower cut lid added they also are no longer spill proof either. They are a better choice as favor jars for small colorful candies, or mini-terrariums. Personalization is very limited as well – really limited to the size and type of label you use.
There you have it, a short, straightforward, and we hope, helpful wedding favor jar summary. Let us know what you’ve found that made an impression. We are always on the look-out for new and interesting products. Send us a picture too!