These easy DIY escort cards were an inexpensive way to really tie in the theme for our New Year’s Eve wedding. Not only do they help guests easily find their table, but noisemaker escort cards are fun and festive and look super cute with the decor. Plus it meant that everyone had their own party horn for when the clock struck midnight.
Just for extra fun, I used scratch-n-reveal stickers for guests to scratch to find their table numbers. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, I created a little rhyming sign which I hung on the mirror above: Take a penny, grab your label, scratch your card to find your table!
Make sure to have coins on hand in a dish or scattered around so guests can scratch and reveal their table numbers.
Our venue had a wooden drawer unit that we were able to use to set up the escort cards, but lined up on a table or hung up would look great, too. One thing to be cautious of is not to line them up too closely or too many rows deep, because you don’t want them getting all knocked over as guests go in to find theirs. I organized mine alphabetically, and if you have a huge guest list, you might want to have signs (A-D, E-G, etc.) to make it easy on your guests.
Hi! It has been a while, but now I’m back to get caught up on sharing some of those wedding details and DIY projects. For anyone planning a New Year’s Eve wedding, it’s probably starting to feel like you’re approaching crunch time. I know this is when I really felt the pressure turn on last year after taking some time off from wedding planning during the summer. But don’t worry, you still have a few months left to plan your special day.
Last year when I was doing my own wedding planning, I shared some of my favourite New Year’s Eve table number inspiration. You really can’t go wrong with glitter and metallic when it comes to a New Year’s Eve wedding. I was leaning towards DIY-ing some sequin wood block numbers (glitter seemed way too messy), but thanks to Pinterest, I came across the idea of including a resolution on each table number sign. As with my fortune cookie favours, I was all about incorporating the NYE theme wherever possible.
Printable DIY projects are the easiest way to add personal touches to your wedding day. No glitter or glue required.
I found these sparkly frames at the Dollar Store for $2 each and after the wedding I sold the frames for 50% off, so the whole project only cost me a few bucks.
I loved that it was a way to have my glitter without the mess. No one wants loose glitter in their food. I simply printed out my table numbers on card stock and trimmed to fit.
Our New Year’s resolutions were:
Approach the New Year with resolve
to find the opportunities hidden in
each new day.
Apologize for what you did wrong and forgive those who have wronged you.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Think continually about the things you want, not about the things you fear.
Don’t stress the could haves.
If it should have, it would have.
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you.
Be somebody that makes everybody feel like a somebody.
Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.
Learn from yesterday, live for today,
hope for tomorrow.
I love sharing moments on instagram (follow me!), so an unplugged wedding definitely wasn’t my style. In fact, I wanted to encourage our wedding guests to snap and share as much as possible! Even with our two photographers running around, I knew our guests would capture some special moments.
Our venue had several TV monitors, so we livestreamed our Instagram wedding hashtag all night. Any pictures uploaded to social media with our #hashtag would appear up on the TVs moments later.
We used a livestreaming platform called ii.do. A couple weeks before the wedding, we pre-loaded a whole bunch of photos and tagged them with our Instagram wedding hashtag, so that it served as a slideshow at the same time. We had a mix of childhood photos, photos of the two of us, and photos with our friends and family. Then as our guests uploaded their photos with out wedding #hashtag, those photos were added to the livestream.
Our guests used our Instagram wedding hashtag to shareselfies, photos of us, little details from food to decor and even a video of our first dance! After the wedding, the ii.do website made it easy to download everything that had been shared with our Instagram wedding hashtag. It was really fun to look back on all the photos our guests shared, and to see how much fun they had at our wedding.
Get plugged in
Choose a unique Instagram wedding hashtag, so that you don’t find other people’s photos in the mix. Make sure to do a search before your share!
Keep your hashtag simple and avoid easily misspelled words.
Make sure your hashtag doesn’t contain any spaces or symbols or it won’t work.
If you’re pre-loading your Instagram wedding hashtag like we did, create a separate Instagram account so that you don’t flood your followers’ feeds with your childhood photos.
#Hashtag those special moments leading up to the wedding, too, including getting ready that morning (but don’t give too much away!)
Have a designated Instagrammer. As the bride, I didn’t want to be on my phone all night, so I asked my sister to snap away.
Share your #hashtag
To encourage our guests to share their photos on social media, I created little signs for each guest table.
I’d love to share them with you, too! You’ll just have to fill in your own wedding #hashtag, print on card stock, cut, and fold! Print as many as you like and place them on seats for the ceremony, up on the bar, or on each guest table at the reception, like I did.