Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Jumping on the Jam Perserves Bandwagon

We're jumping on the increasingly popular, Southern-inspired homemade jars of jam bandwagon! Can I get a Yeeeeeehaw? Just Kidding!

This was a really easy decision for us. We didn't spend a lot of time debating it like we did with other details. We just saw it, liked it, and said done! It happened so easily and I couldn't argue with a quick decision cause we hardly come by those!

One night when I was flipping through real weddings on one of my favorite wedding blogs, a certain something caught Mr. B's attention (he was watching television). He must have seen it out of the corner of his eye, because I had no idea he was paying any attention, but he leaned over and said, "Oh that's nice!"

It was a cutesy backyard, woodsy type of wedding and I guess because he had never heard or seen the jars of jam favors before, he jumped all over the idea. "Those are perfect, let's do that!" he said. Wha?? Really?? I honestly couldn't believe he liked the idea. It was one of those things I was planing to bring up later when he was in a really good mood or something. The more we discusesed it though I should have realized his love for this type of thing. It's quiant, fun, Southern, and all the things we want our wedding to be about.

Don't know how to make jam?

No biggie!

That's what wedding blogs are for!

One reason I love wedding blogs, is because of the vast array of information available to brides at the click of a button! Check out all of these great recipes for jams from our favorite wedding places online!

Strawberry Jam recipe fom Intimate Weddings -- right here.

Raspberry Jam (and homemade bread) recipe from Project Wedding -- right here.

Another Raspberry Jam recipe from Intimate Weddings -- right here.

Sweet Cherry Jam recipe (and a few free printables) from Giverslog -- right here.

Blueberry Jam recipe from 100 Layer Cake -- right here.

As luck would have it, Mr. B's nana makes perserves!! This is an awesome opportunity to include her in the planning process and do some bonding with my future grandmother-in-law! I'm going to plan to spend a weekend at her house making the favors, but before I go, I'm going to collect up all our materials, which luckily, shouldn't be too expensive!

We're going to need fabric. I love the fabric Jam Jar Toppers (and free printable labels} here at Domestifluff. We'll also need jars! There's a bunch of awesome resources for reasonably priced mason jars, such as this Commerical Square Glass Jar from for $1.99 by the Container Store here. And labels, which can be found here at iDiY.

We just have to figure out what we want our labels to say... I've seen "Spread the love," which is a very clever (and popular) jam jar label. Or how about, "How Sweet it is?"

So I love this idea because it's budget friendly, homemade, garden-inspired, and everything else that goes right along with the theme and feel of our down-to-earth wedding! I know our guests will love these favors too and better yet, they'll use them!

A lot of favors usually end up in the trash, but not these! I can see our guests waking up the Monday morning after our wedding and using the jam on their morning toast, hopefully reflecting on the fun and fabulous wedding they attended the night before!

What were your wedding favors?

Do you like "Spread the Love," or "How Sweet It Is," for our label?


dognbird said...

I love love love that you're doing jam favors. Your wedding is such an inspiration to me!

Anonymous said...

what a great idea!!!!!! and it's something people will actually appreciate and use....which can't be said for ALL favors :)

SaraElizabeth said...

@dognbird -- that's sooo nice of you to say! Your blog is a TOTAL inspiration to ME!!!

@ginger bride -- glad you support the idea of useful favors! Everybody like to jam, right?

Christina said...

Thanks for including my recipes!! I think jam is the perfect wedding favour!

SaraElizabeth said...

@Christina -- thank YOU for stopping by! There are so many awesome resources on Intimate Weddings, I LOVE THAT SITE!!!


Adorable! Such a great idea! I'd love to get this as a favor :)

We did sugar cookies in the shape of wedding cakes (we're known as the cookie makers in our family and everyone always wants to know our cookie receipe) with our recipe hanging from a hang tag. We also had a cookie bar with a traditional norwegian cookie & a traditional greek cookie and some chocolate in jars for people to fill up our monogrammed baggies with.


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