DIY Seating Chart – free printable!

alexjulie_wedding-895Thinking of ordering a seating chart off of Etsy or another website? So did I! But you don’t need to, because its super easy to create your own. I created mine in PowerPoint and then sent it to Staples (a Canadian business supplies and print store) to be printed on foam board. Total cost? Around $50 and the result was super professional.  Plus, it allowed me to customize the chart to match my wedding colors perfectly.

And for those of you that don’t feel creatively minded, you can use and print my template for free here!

What did you do for your wedding seating chart?


Spread the Love with jam wedding favors

For our wedding favors, we decided to make our own jam. I saw this idea on Pinterest, and I thought it was inexpensive, personalized, and cute! Plus, it was a fun thing for the wedding that my hubby and I could work on together.

First things first: we needed some berries. We went to a local berry farm as we had this wonderfully romantic notion of hand-picking our own berries! Unfortunately, when we got to the farm, they informed us that we missed the local strawberry season by a few weeks. Nuts! So on to plan B: the regular old grocery store. Luckily, strawberries were still in season down in California and so we were able to buy a few big flats of strawberries for relatively cheap. We also decided to get a few raspberries to mix in for extra zing.

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To make the jam, we followed a recipe I had found online. A million thanks to for posting this recipe, which you can find here.

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Now came to pouring all that yummy jam into the sterilized mason jars. It was messy, so make sure you put down lots of newspaper first!

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Finally, I found some cute pink plaid fabric at a local fabric store, and we picked up some hemp at the craft store. My husband cut the fabric into circles using jagged-edge scissors, while I tied it on to the lids with the hemp. I also added little labels with our names and wedding date, for a personalized touch. For these, I just made them myself on Word and printed them on to card stock. Easy and oh so cute!

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Best of all, guests kept raving about this jam for months after our wedding. I would definitely recommend it as a favor for your own wedding or party!