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.
When it comes to wedding favors, I think most couples have gotten the message by now that most people probably don’t want that personalized (to the couple) tree ornament or picture frame. All the weddings I’ve been to in the last several years have had edible favors, a donation in-lieu, or foregone the tradition altogether. Candy or dessert bars with take-home baggies are another really popular option. I’m all for these options because they’re not overly costly, and you’re not sticking your guests with dove salt and pepper shakers that they will accidently-on-purpose leave behind.
I liked the idea of favors just because I knew I could come up with something fun that tied in with the New Year’s theme.
Chocolate-dipped fortune cookie wedding favors seemed like a great fit for a New Year’s Eve wedding! I ordered my custom fortune cookies from KCFortuneCookieFactory.com. I was really happy with the whole process and customer service was super responsive when I had questions. The chocolate-dipped fortune cookies stay fresh for up to 6 weeks, so we ordered ours to arrive 2 weeks early, and they came right on schedule. The cookies were well packaged and not a single cookie arrived broken.
But the most important thing was that these were some decadent fortune cookies. These weren’t your usual, stale Chinese take-out fortune cookies. Nope. These cookies were thicker and sweeter than the typical fortune cookie, and they were coated with a nice layer of thick chocolate.
Bonus? Including shipping to Canada, each fortune cookie favor came out to only $0.77 each. Even individual truffles can’t beat that deal!
But what made these fortune cookies really unique was that we were able to create our own fortunes with a personalized message on the back. We printed Thank You tags on cardstock and stapled them to the packages.
The back of each fortune read: Best wishes from the new Mr. & Mrs. Love, Mike and Jill
We included our wedding date as the ‘lucky numbers’.
And the fortunes we came up with were:
You’re going to have the best year yet. Happy New Year!
A thrilling time is in your immediate future! Cheers!
2016 or bust! Happy New Year!
Great things await you in 2016! You are wonderful! POP! FIZZ! CLINK!
Great things await you in 2016! Your future is sweet as a cookie. POP! FIZZ! CLINK!
2016 is your year! You have the attitude of a winner. Happy New Year!
Just be yourself. You are wonderful! Cheers!
Something wonderful is about to happen. Happy New Year!
Fortune in love favours the brave. POP! FIZZ! CLINK!
Do it now! Today will be yesterday tomorrow. Cheers to 2016!
Stop waiting! Buy that ticket. Take that special trip! Happy New Year!
Your ingenuity will bring fine results. Cheers!
You are the life of any party! Eat, drink & hit the dance floor. Cheers to 2016!
You give power to what you give attention to. POP! FIZZ! CLINK!
When we were planning our wedding, it was important for Mike and me to have a wedding that truly reflected us. Neither of us are particularly religious, but we both wanted to include traditions that were meaningful to us and our families. I’m Jewish and Mike is Christian but neither of us wanted to be married in a church or synagogue. Just to keep things simple logistically, we decided early on that we wanted to find a venue that could accommodate both the ceremony and reception (which we did at The Rosehill, Toronto).
I was out to brunch with a couple girlfriends when I mentioned that we were still looking for an officiant. One of my friends then told me that her father actually had started officiating weddings when her older sister, also a Jew marrying a non-Jew, was having trouble finding someone to marry them. How perfect is that? He specializes in ceremonies for interfaith couples just like us. It turned out to be great because he was really familiar with all the Jewish wedding traditions and he spoke Hebrew, but he also understood how to create a nice balance. When we met with him, he took us through many of the Jewish traditions we could consider and we just picked and chose the ones we liked. Drinking wine? Yes, please. Walking around in circles? No, thanks. 7 blessings? We’ll take it. Breaking the glass? Mazel Tov!
Once I started researching, I realized that so many Jewish wedding traditions are already part of the traditional Christian wedding…the veil, the white dress, the rings. So that made it easy enough to plan an interfaith ceremony that felt right for us.
Since there were many guests who weren’t Jewish, I was excited about being able to share some unique traditions. Our officiant did a great job of explaining everything, so no one was left wondering what the heck was going on.
One of the most obvious characteristics of a Jewish ceremony is the Chuppah. This canopy represents the home that the couple is establishing together. Nowadays people have the most elaborate and gorgeous Chuppahs decorated with flowers and silks and ribbons and whatever else the couple likes (seriously, so gorgeous!).
For our ceremony, we went ultra simple. Chuppahs are commonly free-standing, but we loved the idea of using the traditional Chuppah poles, which Mike’s Best Man and groomsmen held.
The canopy can be made of any type of material, but we used a tallit (prayer shawl). My dad brought his beautiful tallit from France, but it ended up being too small so our officiant provided his.
This is where the wine comes in. The officiant recited a blessing over the wine and then we each took a sip from the same cup.
“All the sweetness life’s cup may hold for you should be sweeter because you drink it together; whatever drops of bitterness it may contain should be less bitter because you share them.”
The 7 Blessings
During this part of the ceremony, 7 blessings are recited. Our officiant recited some contemporary blessings in English, which included wishes and hopes for us as a couple.
“May you respect each other’s individual personality and perspective, and give each other room to grow in fulfilling your dreams. May you find happiness together in adventures big and small, and something to celebrate each day of your lives.”
Signing of the Ketubah
Traditionally the Ketubah is signed before the ceremony, but we chose to sign it during the ceremony along with the marriage license.
For more, I described the whole Ketubah thing, a Jewish marriage contract, in a previous post.
I’m really glad I decided to splurge on a stunning paper cut and gold leaf Ketubah from Jessyjudaica.com because we’ve recently hung it up just at the entrance of our bedroom and I love to see it every day.
Breaking of the Glass
This is the most fun part of the ceremony for sure. All the formalities are over, the couple is married, and it’s time to break the glass. There are a few different explanations, but the groom stomps on a glass which signals the end of the ceremony, the beginning of a marriage and the start of the party.
After the glass is broken, everyone shouts Mazel Tov and the couple kisses. (Top secret: instead of a glass we used a light bulb, placed in a pouch to avoid shards of glass all over the place. The light bulb is easier to break and has a better pop!)
“We are reminded of the fragility of life and how good it is to share moments of joy and connection.”
This is a great tradition. After the ceremony, the couple is supposed to go into seclusion. It was so nice to escape downstairs for a little while as everyone was enjoying cocktails upstairs. We nibbled on hors d’oeuvres, finished off the little bottle of wine from the ceremony and just had a moment to chill on a whirlwind of a day.
And no Jewish wedding is complete without one of the best Jewish wedding traditions – dancing the Horah! We had to hold on for our lives as we were hoisted up in the chairs, so that was a little terrifying but the energy was so high and we loved sharing these moments with our friends and families.