Inspiration: Blue & White Ginger Jars

January 22, 2020

Originating in ancient China as a vessel for transporting valuable spices, the classic blue and white porcelain designs known as Ginger Jars first gained prominence as a decorative object in Europe in the early 19th century. Those wealthy enough to afford to import such exotic seasonings in such quantities would often display the jars in their dining and tea rooms, and the trend quickly spread as local potters began to mimic the classic designs.

With hand painted motifs ranging from tranquil garden scenes to fiery dragon lairs, these beautiful containers have inspired a whole range of objects and textiles, and are a wonderful way to add some unexpected color to any celebration.

A classic Ginger Jar vase – Carmen Ash Photography

We’ve been inspired by the simple elegance of these gorgeous containers for a while now, and love the way the ancient pattern somehow seamlessly mixes with both classic and modern wedding styles. But let’s not focus only on the containers themselves… check out some of our favorite weddings that bring this beautiful motif to life in unexpected and creative ways.

Two cute little elephants encouraging guests to sign the guest book. Carmen Ash Photography

Victorian style with a modern twist

We love the gold accents on this table marker and place setting!

And saving the best for last, we absolutely ADORE the idea of outfitting the bridal party in blue and white:

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