Happy New Year (and our first wedding anniversary!)

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Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is treating you well so far ūüôā 2016 just seemed to fly by and this new year doesn’t seem to be slowing down any either.

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New Years Eve marked our first wedding anniversary! We marked the occasion with a steak dinner, a bite of our freezer-burnt wedding cake (ew), and a NYE celebration with friends.

first wedding anniversary photo book gift from shutterfly

Since the first wedding anniversary is traditionally the ‘paper anniversary’, I gifted Mike a photo book that included pictures from our Paris proposal, engagement shoots and wedding.¬†I created my photo book using Shutterfly.com¬†(affiliate link),¬†and I was able to put together my photo book in just a couple hours.

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DIY Noisemaker Scratch-n-Reveal NYE Wedding Escort Cards

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

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.

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

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.

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

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.

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

DIY NYE wedding escort cards

What you’ll need:

Metallic noisemakers

Perforated business cards (I used Avery #5371) or Cardstock

Scratch-off stickers

Corner paper punch

One-hole paper punch

Metallic curling ribbon¬†(I colour coded with guests’ dinner selections to aid the servers)

Editable escort card template

Scissors

Pennies for scratching

How to:

1. Download and edit the template (above)

2. Print on perforated business cards

3. Stick on scratch-n-reveal stickers

4. Punch out cards

5. Round edges with corner punch and punch hole for ribbon

6. Tie ribbon with loop to each card and curl ribbons with scissors

7. Order cards alphabetically

8. After arranging noisemakers on site, attach tags in alphabetical order

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

DIY New Year’s Resolutions Table Numbers | Printables!

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.

New Year's Eve Wedding Table Numbers with New Year's Resolutions - printable table numbers

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.

New Year's Eve Wedding Table Numbers with New Year's Resolutions - printable table numbers

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.

New Year's Eve Wedding Table Numbers with New Year's Resolutions - printable table numbers

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.

New Year's Eve Wedding Table Numbers with New Year's Resolutions - printable table numbers

Printables!

Download and print:¬†Printable New Year’s Eve Resolution Table Numbers¬†(.pdf) for tables 1-10 complete with New Year’s Resolutions.
To edit or to add more table numbers, download the modifiable version:¬†Printable New Year’s Eve Resolution Table Numbers¬†(.doc). The font I used is Cash Currency and can be downloaded from dafont.com.

Snap a #selfie: A plugged in wedding (& a printable to share your Instagram wedding hashtag!)

Plugged in wedding! Share your wedding #hashtagPlugged in wedding! Share your wedding #hashtag

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.

printable instagram signs to get your wedding guests hashtagging your #wedding

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.

Make sure to snap a wedding selfie

encourage wedding guests to share their photos on instagram with a wedding hashtag!

encourage wedding guests to share their photos on instagram with a wedding hashtag!

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.

encourage wedding guests to share their photos on instagram with a wedding hashtag!

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.

Click here to download: Wedding Instagram Signs

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