Milk Glass. Whether you knew it's 'official' name or not, you've probably seen these pretty vases and dishware in magazines, on instagram/pinterest or even your local antique shop. From the wise words of Wikipedia - "Milk glass is an opaque or translucent, milk white or colored glass, blown or pressed into a wide variety of shapes. First made in Venice in the 16th century, colors include blue, pink, yellow, brown, black, and the white that led to its popular name." If you're looking for something other than traditional glass vases/dishware you've come to the right place.
What I love about milk glass is it can be dressed up or down depending on the type of event you're hosting. It's especially popular for weddings because of it's understated elegance. From shabby chic to down right ritzy, this versitile glassware will ensure your event is unique and stunning. On a recent trip to GoodWill I hit the milk glass jack pot (which never seems to happen). Someone had clearly been adding to their collection for awhile, so I was excited to make it a part of mine for future brides to enjoy. :) Milk glass can really range in price depending on authenticity/age, size and quality. Here are a couple of lovely sets on Etsy to get you started, each only ~ $28!
Below, I've put together some different looks (from some amazing blogs) that have got this milk glass thing DOWN. Holla'.
If you have a country or rustic feel in mind for your wedding, look no further than milk glass center pieces! From the Style Me Pretty Vault is one gorgeous example of how to style this look. I love the use of both silver and vintage trays to frame the vases. Simple spring wild flowers and vanilla candles add a warm touch that doesn't look overdone. If you're looking out for your budget, place a single flower in each vase. It will still look stylish and save you major moola.
I adore the styling of this entire wedding from Wedding Chicks! Earthy and romantic - this rustic wedding has a truely timeless feel. The understated floral color choices compliment the milk glass, without overpowering it. Mixing textures including wood, burlap, and natural greenery create inviting vibes that pairs perfectly with this barn setting.
How amazing is this vintage inspired wedding from (you guessed it), Wedding Chicks! It combines rustic touches with some serious antique style that is completely swoon worthy. I love how this bride went all out - using vintage books, lace, and copper votives to contrast the milk glass arrangements. Simple touches add to the overall feel of this wedding; the use of a single milk vase glass adds a crisp pop of white next to an old fashioned type writer and some natural greenery. Also - can we communicate real quick on this chandalier. It almost looks LIKE IT IS MADE OF MILK GLASS! This wedding is an amazing example of not overdoing any one thing on your big day. Killed it.
BRIGHT & BOLD
Seriously obsessing over these stunning examples of pairing milk glass with bright, bold and daring colors! The white vases let the flowers steal the show in these center pieces from June Bug Weddings and Intimate Weddings. Plus, I am digging the girly, fun environment these arrangements have created.
If you're looking for a twist on traditional, try gold dipped milk glass (ohhhemmgeee). These might be my favorite... Here are similar sets from Etsy for only $7! Loving all this milk glass but worried about keeping your budget in check? Up for a little DIY project? Peep this easy faux milk glass tutorial from The Happier Homemaker. Also, it's like the crafty universe is BEGGING us to make our own milk glass, becasue Valspar recently introduced it's 'Milk Glass' line. I hope this post has inspired you to try out milk glass at your next event or incorporate it into your home decor!