Two beautiful young couples having fun at New Year's Eve Party, holding cardboard numbers 2017

If you’ve been thinking about getting married, but don’t want to deal with the hassle and expense of throwing a big wedding, a surprise wedding might be a great fit for making it official while keeping it fun.

Since New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday this year, hosting a party – and then throwing a surprise wedding with your family and friends there – would be quite the way to ring in 2017! It’s easier than you might think. Take a look at our tips for throwing a surprise New Year’s wedding.

Get everyone together

First and foremost, you need to have a reason to get everyone together! Start with a list of all the people you’d like to share in your big day and invite them to a New Year’s Eve party as the reason to get together. They will come ready to celebrate, not knowing the full reason for the celebration!

Set the tone

Make sure your invitation communications the tone you want to set for your surprise New Year’s wedding. Ask guests to “dress to impress” or black-tie optional if you wish for it to feel like a formal occasion. Next, carefully think about your venue and how you will decorate your space. Renting table linens and special chairs can really enhance a room, even if it’s right in your own home.

Pick the right time

You will want to have a solid plan for when you will surprise your guests with the announcement that this is actually your wedding, right here right now. You don’t want your big moment to compete with the countdown to the New Year, so consider doing it earlier in the evening, once guests have arrived and settled in. This will also allow you more of the evening to share in celebration of your wedding and make the start of the New Year that much more special!

Have the details in order to make it official

This is likely the most important piece; make sure you have the necessary documents and someone who is legally able to marry you. A friend or family member can be in on your plans and get ordained in advance so they can perform the wedding. This would really add to the element of surprise! Just be sure to follow the laws in your state so that you’re sure your vows are official.


Finally, comes the fun part. Enjoy the big celebration with all of your family and friends! The excitement of the New Year combined with the joy for your wedding will make it a memorable night for everyone there.

Do you think you could pull off a surprise New Year’s wedding? Share your thoughts and ideas by commenting below!

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