Jumping on the Jam Preserves 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 discussed it though I should have realized his love for this type of thing. It’s quaint, 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!

As luck would have it, Mr. B’s nana makes preserves!! 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 Commercial 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?


Mrs. Brooch

Arlington, VA
Wedding Date:
April 2011
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    Kemi82JP 749 posts, Busy bee @ 9:25 am

    Oh i had wanted to do this too! my MIL makes the most delicious strawberry jam! but i had a feeling she wouldn’t be the most pleased to find out we wanted her to make about 10 times the normal amount and we decided to do a candy buffet so one favor is enough :) plus, she ended up using jars of her jam (with super cute strawberry patterned fabric tops) as the favors for the shower she threw for me! so i still got to have them if not at a smaller scale :)

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    Julefay 41 posts, Newbee @ 9:56 am

    We did apple butter favors (which were super easy and cheaper than jam) and had labels with a small note from us and the phrase “not as sweet as our love…but better on toast”. It was a little reflection of our goofy sense of humor and made us chuckle. :) Our guests loved them!

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    mrsrace 2 posts, Wannabee @ 4:06 pm

    spread the love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    BunnyBunz 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:47 pm

    This is a really great idea, I too love the “Spread the Love” phrase!

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    Tiffany, Guest @ 9:57 pm

    You should do both Spread the Love and How Sweet It Is. Mix it up a little, give a little variety. :)

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    gloss 1249 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:40 am

    We did jam favors as well – our tags said ‘JAM packed with love’.

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:58 am

    @Mrs. Gloss: OMG! I love that idea! Thank you!

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    Trishthedish36 90 posts, Worker bee @ 10:47 am

    Another vote for Spread the Love – such a cute tagline! I agree that Love is Sweet is overused.

    Good luck!

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    dorsay 2281 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:59 pm

    Oh! and for the labels, I wouldn’t worry about what is “overused” unless all your guests read wedding blogs – it will be new to them!

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