What’s the most exciting way to ring in the new year? A New Year’s Eve wedding! These weddings combine two very special occasions and coincidentally, they’re double the fun. But New Year’s Eve weddings aren’t all fun and games: they require careful planning.
There’s a certain magic about winter weddings and a New Year’s Eve wedding is an exceptionally spirited event. It’s a night of full of romance, fun and new beginnings. What better time to throw a fabulous party for your wedding?! Family and friends will be delighted to celebrate your marriage and the countdown with you. In order to synchronize these celebrations, it will take a bit of extra planning. Here are some things to consider when planning a New Year’s Eve wedding:
If you’re planning a budget wedding, an NYE wedding might be out of the question. NYE weddings tend to be more expensive than any other date for a variety of reasons: higher venue costs, extended hours surcharges and increased beverage costs for open bar alcohol consumption. Once booked, lock in your prices with vendors to avoid paying premium pricing for your wedding services.
New Year’s Eve wedding plans must be made well in advance–the earlier, the better. With many parties on this date, everything should be booked a little earlier–photographers (like Kristin Vining, seen here), caterers, florists, etc.–than for a traditional wedding. You should book your wedding venue two years before. Save the date reminders should be sent out a year and a half before your big day and invitations six months out. However, your wedding should start later around 7 or 8PM so guests don’t run out of steam before the countdown.
This is a lively, fun nighttime event so your ceremony and reception should reflect that. Choose a wedding dress that is festive, fun and don’t forget sexy. Perhaps a feather headpiece or smoky eye makeup to boot. The decor could take on an elegant black and white theme or take inspiration from the glitter and glitz of old Hollywood glamour. Party hats, horns and glow bracelets are fun wedding favors for guests.
Most importantly–what will happen at midnight? A champagne toast is a classic celebratory tradition, while a confetti or balloon drop will make the most festive and dramatic impression.