Does anyone have experience with a wedding on NYE? We are thinking of having an Out Of Town wedding just outside of Austin (we live in Houston) on dEC 31, 2013--(NEXT year). Anyone have advice or experience planning or even attending one? We'd like to decide soon and get save the dates out asap but we really don't even know how many to send out. Most of our guests have kids and none live in Austin. I'm not sure what percentage attendance you should expect on a out of town, holiday wedding.
I think it could be fun...is it going to be ton extra in money/work and are my guests going to hate me for planning it on a holiday???
I think a NYE wedding could be really fun, but there are a few issues that people have brought up about others NYEs weddings. One thing I remember is that it can be hard to get a babysitter, since it's such a big holiday.
I think it's a great idea. My friend and I were discussing this for her wedding. I don't have any advice at all since I've never planned/helped plan one yet or been to one, but I think it's a great idea.
Start with the potential gueslist which will then help you to determine of the size of your venue. Then start searching for the venue..
I wanted to do NYE but the cost was prohibitive for me...we decided on 12/29.
date twins :) we're doing alot of stuff backwards, and a midnight ceremony. our friends think it's great. and we're in houston as well!
I think a NYE wedding would be so much fun and so awesome!
Having said that, I know a couple who did one last year and there was a lot of complaints! The main ones being a lot of people didn't like that they had to spend their NYE at a wedding and cabs and babysitters were hard to get, oh and people complained about having to buy a wedding present right after Christmas. Please don't let this deter you from what you really want though!
The advice we were given about a NYE wedding when I was helping a friend plan hers -- is make sure you are the type of couple people would want to spend NYE with anyway. Which seems harsh at first but its very true. Know yourself, and your party guests and plan accordingly.
If you want a classy, no open bar, nice dancing, but over at 10:30 or 11... dont do it on NYE bc then people cant get to a "big party" in enough time for a ball drop.
If done right, I think it could be a ton of fun! A late ceremony and an all night party with a focus on the ball dropping and great music and dancing etc.
Basically if its just a normal wedding.. people might get annoyed unless you are a super SUPER fun couple. If its really thrown like a great NYE party instead of a wedding you are golden :)
@Mantha17: I live in the Austin area and am acutally attending a NYE Wedding this month at the Ballet Austin! I like the idea because it gives me automatic plans for a free NYE party! It's going to be a great time
we're getting pronounced at midnight, but I want the officiant to do a countdown, bc we're doing a little fireworks thing lol...plus, I want it to be involved with guests, so I want an officiant to pronounce us, and ask everyone to kiss their SO, so everyone gets their first 2014 kiss at tge same time!
I'm hoping, at any rate lol.there's only going to be a handful of older people so were definitely going with a party atmosphere versus wedding. dj, lights, alcohol, etc. I'm cheating on lighting tho lol. I'm buying those clear lights that move to the music box on the cord. but a friend who does car stereos, said it might be worth it to just buy a few neon bars, which light up based on the base in music. so, I apparently have options, when I thought I had none lol...and I can resell the neons, bc they can still be used after I'm done for their original purposes.
@Dancensations: Thank you! All really good pieces of advice for sure. I agree with all of it
My wedding was NYE and it was a BLAST!!!!! Everyone keeps telling us it was the most fun wedding they've ever been to. My advice - a NYE wedding is a different animal than your standard wedding. It's a built in party (which was great for our crazy families and friends), and you have to prepare for it as such. We had ours at a hotel so everyone could stay. Our reception ran 8-1. We had a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight, with tons of tiaras, hats, horns, etc. I'm still waiting for my pro pics to do a recap, but PM me if you want me to email some of the room, cake, etc. Everything was black, silver, and purple. It was gorgeous!
I'm with kgarvin01 on this one! It is definitely something that you have to have the right people for, but if you do it is amazing! At one point one of the groomsmen shouted "Best Wedding Ever" It can be really fun! I also agree about the decor and supplies, we had hads, horns, funny props and it made everything really fun. Ours was blue silver and white and I loved it! I've said before I would go back and do it all again in a heartbeat! I had a blast and now get to have my anniversary be on one of my favorite nights of the year!!!
Love the idea of NYE weddings! Great way to ring in the new year with all of your friends and family!
I was just thinking about this! This article http://weddings.gatheringguide.com/ac/wedding-themes-ideas-trends/dont-drop-the-ball-on-your-new-years-eve-wedding inspired me. I want to have a summer wedding but also a winter "mini vow renewal" not as big as a wedding. More casual but as a chance to invite local friends over for a winter celebration.
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