Christmas is just days away and while this isn’t commonly a holiday people choose to make their wedding day, there is one more holiday right around the corner that has become a popular date for brides and grooms to say “I do.” It’s New Year’s Eve! And why not? This holiday comes with the expectations of a night of celebration, dancing and toasting to new beginnings. Picking the date of December 31 sets the tone for a fabulous occasion – something every bride wants and deserves.
Planning a New Year’s Eve wedding can be challenging. Competing parties, keeping guests entertained until midnight and maintaining your own sense of style through it all calls for some expert advice. And that’s just what we have! Here are 5 tips for planning the perfect New Year’s Eve wedding:
- Let your guests know early.
When planning a New Year’s Eve wedding, you will want to be sure to let your guests know early. This is a holiday that many people plan for months in advance, so if you want to make it to their calendar before someone else does, send a save the date! Save the date cards often go out 6-8 months before your wedding, but for a special date like New Year’s Eve, you can get away with sending a bit earlier. Additionally, hotel rooms may be harder to come by so guests will appreciate the advance heads up to book early.
- It’s all about timing.
Next, be mindful of the timing of your ceremony and reception. New Year’s Eve is all about making it to the big celebration at midnight. If you plan your ceremony at 11am followed by an afternoon reception, guests won’t likely stick around to pop champagne with you when the ball drops. A New Year’s Eve wedding is perfectly acceptable to start later in the evening as guests will stay with you into the wee hours of the morning.
- Make it a party worth attending.
Your guests will likely have declined countless other holiday plans to be with you on New Year’s Eve. Make them happy about this decision by giving them a night they will always remember. Your colors, decorations, table linens and centerpieces will set the stage for a fabulous night that beats celebrating the holiday at any other venue. Then, treat their tummies with delicious food and drink – and don’t skimp on dessert! A great menu, DJ and guest list is all it takes for a killer NYE party!
- Allude to the holiday, but still keep it true to your wedding style.
When planning a wedding on December 31, it’s impossible to overlook the fact that it’s New Year’s Eve and many people will want to celebrate this holiday. However, it’s important to not get so wrapped up in throwing a great NYE party that you forget that this is still your wedding day. If silver and gold confetti or bubbly champagne isn’t your thing, don’t feel pressured to theme your entire wedding around the holiday. You can incorporate elements of New Year’s Eve while still keeping the day unique to you.
- Keep guests entertained until midnight…then celebrate!
Finally, it’s important to plan out all the activities of your night leading up to the big countdown at midnight. Spread out your dances, speeches and dinner courses so that guests are engaged the whole time. If everything wraps up by 10pm, guests may be tempted to leave for another party or have a drink at the bar where other celebrations are taking place. Keep the fun and dancing going all the way through the end!
Are you planning a New Year’s Eve wedding? Share your struggles or triumphs by commenting below!