My 12-day wedding countdown for our guests

My 12-Day Wedding Countdown

If you remember back to our wed-site post, I talked about setting up a private Facebook group for our wedding guest. This was to limit the amount of info posted about the wedding to a smaller group and allow some camaraderie to happen between our guests.

Facebook Wedding Countdown

Well, one of the most successful techniques I used to build our little community was a 12-day wedding countdown on that private Facebook group page. For the last 12 days before the wedding, I posted a photo and with a fact about the wedding, Nate, myself or us as a couple.

Facebook Wedding Countdown

The countdown was a huge hit and I got so many compliments on it I wanted to share the concept with the rest of the internet. It’s a simple project that requires a little planning, but is really easy and can be done on a variety of places like Facebook, Instagram, your wed-site or even via email.

Here’s a few basic steps and ideas for you to get started.

Setup your own Wedding Countdown

  1. Sketch out what facts you want to list and decide where you want to have the countdown. (Learn about setting up a Facebook Group Page here.)
  2. Try to tie all the facts to the wedding in some fashion. I talked about the wedding site, some of the music that we would play and even some of our design inspiration.
  3. Find photos or create an image for each day. People love photos, so incorporate some vintage and favorite shots to grab your guests interest. I used Photoshop to edit and add text, but you can also one of the many photo editing websites or phone apps.
  4. Engage your quests with questions or request a response. On one of our days, I requested stories about Nate and got a lot of great comments. The best part of the experience was seeing guests who had never met interact on the page with a little encouragement.
  5. Have fun with the countdown and don’t be too serious. Again, the whole idea is to build excitement for your big day so talk about an inside joke or give an interesting fact.

My biggest tip for other couples would be to sketch our your countdown and compile all your photos and captions early. Those last few days before the wedding were so busy I was glad to have my countdown all mapped out.

I hope others have fun with this countdown. I found that our guests appreciated our personal touches to the wedding and this countdown was the foundation for that.

Let me know if you have any questions about putting together your own wedding countdown. I am happy to help!

January 2013 Recap

January 2013 Recap

I swear 2013 is flying by way too fast. It’s already the third week of February and I still haven’t posted my January summary. I am changing the format of these posts yet again. In my attempt to simplify, I am just calling these recaps instead of favorites so I have free rein on what I include. Watch out!

January 2013 Recap

1) I took the plunge and registered for my first half marathon in March. It’s a big time commitment, but I have been following the Hal Higdon plan so all the workouts are scheduled.

2) Football playoffs kept us interested all month and a good background for the huge amount of grading Nate did at the end of his semester. I loved Ray Lewis’s “Hot in Herre” entrance to his last home game and made Nate play it a couple of times for me (check it out here if you didn’t see it).

3) I began to embrace simple recipes I could prep and serve within an hour. Time management in the kitchen has never been my strong suit, but the less time I spend cooking means more time for running and other projects!

4) My big purchase on the month was two fiddle leaf figs from IKEA. One is in our front room in a pretty purple pot. I am still looking for the perfect white ceramic pot for the second plant that’s going in our bedroom.

5) My neglected office was finally finished with some sweet rearranging and a lot of clutter removing.

6) We took a break from grading went and saw John Oliver perform on a Friday night. Most know him as a correspondent on the Daily Show, he also has a podcast that is a favorite of Nate’s. I surprised him with front row tickets to the show and afterwards we were lucky to get a photo.

7) I started drinking coffee again after a little after holiday detox. Starbucks started selling $1 reusable cups that only strengthen my love affair.

8) In the kitchen, I began a bunch of small projects including a chalkboard wall.

9) My first anniversary with Instagram came and went. I still can’t get enough of the application and now you can even follow along online. My user name is andiezoe if you also use the app. Add me as a friend and I’ll do the same!