Mason Jar Lanterns and Candle Holders For Magical Weddings

Time for some illumination inspiration! If you love the rustic look and vintage charm of the celebrated mason jar, then you’ll love the many ways you can use them to light up your wedding day. Mason jars not only work well as decorations but also as cost effective and ambient wedding lighting. There are a variety of ways you can use mason jar lighting – use them as candle holders to decorate wedding tables, as pretty decorations to illuminate the aisle or outdoor walkways, or as a creative alternative to traditional overhead lanterns. We’ve put together the following inspiration and elegant mason jar lantern ideas to help you add a magical glow to your wedding day.

Elegant Mason Jar Ideas

Mason jars can look elegant when decorated stylishly. Here, a pretty aqua colored mason jar decorates a ceremony aisle and an overhead mason jar chandelier adds a touch of elegance to a rustic outdoor table.

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Mason Jars for Rustic Weddings

Whether hanging overhead from a timber beam, or decorated with twine and burlap, mason jars are the perfect accessory for a rustic wedding.

Wedding Mason Jars

Mason Jar Decorations

Outdoor Mason Jar Decorations

Mason jars lights give you so many options for outdoor decorating. Frame the entrances and walkways of your reception with mason jar candles. Hang mason jar lanterns from patio ceilings. Cluster groups of jars as a feature on your buffet tables or line them up on window ledges for a pretty effect.

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Outdoor Mason Jars

Vintage Mason Jars

Mason jar candles create a gentle ambiance at vintage weddings. Use them as glowing centerpieces or dress them up in doilies or lace ribbon for a nostalgic vintage touch.

Mason Jar Lighting

Mason Jar Lanterns

For a spectacular lighting display at outdoor weddings, hang mason jar lanterns from the trees. The soft ambient glow swinging from overhead branches will light your wedding reception like fairyland.

Mason Jar Lanterns

Mason Jar Wedding Lanterns

Mason Jar Centerpieces

Below is a perfect example of mason jar centerpieces done right. Simply filled with short pillar candles and bunches baby’s breath, this cluster of twinkling mason jar centerpieces looks purely magical.

Mason Jar Candles

You can be as creative as you like, when coming up with ideas to use mason jar lighting.  Get a clear picture in your mind of the look you want and determine how many mason jars you will need for your decorations. Then, start collecting your jars asap or buy them in bulk in advance.

Here is where you can stock up on mason jars in bulk for less than $1.50 each or browse through lots of lovely diy wedding supplies here.


Browse all these images and more on our Pinterest Wedding Lighting Ideas board

Original Sources: Image 1 – Aqua Mason Jar, Mason Jar Chandelier / Image 2 & 3 – Overhead Rustic Jar Lighting, Jars with Twine, Jars with Burlap / Image 4 – Blue Beach Jar, Country Mason Jars / Image 5 – White Mason Jars, Lace Mason Jars / Image 6 & 7 – Outdoor Buffet Table Lighting, Single Mason Jar Lantern, Mason Jar Lanterns (source unknown) / Image 8 – Mason Jar Centerpieces


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      These lanterns are beautiful. I’ve always thought mason jars would be a great idea for a wedding. They seem make any wedding look great. My friend is getting married soon and I know that she would love to have some of these on her special day. Thanks for posting these pictures, they were a big help.

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    Miah says

    LOVE these Mason Jar ideas! I would love to know exactly how the doilies were used on them, because I definitely think I want to do that.

    Much appreciated!

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    I just love all of these cute ideas for using mason jars in a wedding! I think my favorite use for them is probably as hanging lanterns. There is just something special about a bunch of little lights hanging all around the trees and venue. Plus, it would also solve your lighting needs; it’s like killing two birds with one stone!

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