Post # 1
Okay I need advice
I am planning a New Years Day Wedding (Jan 1, 2009).
I am only 22 and I want the celebration to be fun and exciting. I am thinking a black and white wedding (with some accent color) will be fabulous and I would have the ceremony and reception in the same place (www.rigsbeehall.com)
Have any ideas of how to pull this off on a VERY low budget?
Also, what do you think about having the reception (new years eve party) before the actual ceremony. That way, I bring in the new year with friends and family, and then wake up the next day and get married. I know it’s not tradtional but I wonder what you all think.
Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
New Years sounds a really fun time for a wedding. Have you checked into the availability of the hall? Many places are more expensive (and popular) on big-party holidays like new years.
Also, maybe it would be better to get married on new years eve instead and then have the reception that night. You will want to celebrate with your guests after your marriage, and it might be anticlimactic to have already had the big party—would you do the cake-cutting, the first dance, etc even though you weren’t already married? Might feel weird. Also, sometimes people over-party on new years…you wouldn’t want anyone missing your wedding because they were passed out or really hung over.
Post # 4
Hmmm,that is tough. Usually a Wednesday night wedding might lead to some vendor discounts, but they will probably all have other options on New Year’s Eve that would preclude that. Hotel and travel tends to cost more around that holiday, too.
But — if you search this website for "budget" I think you will find lots of good, general, money-saving tips.
Post # 5
I also think – not to be a downer – that it sounds expensive. No hotel discounts, travel at a premium… and you are going to have to reserve everything waaaaay in advance. I used to work for a company that had a New Year’s party rather than a Christmas party, and all the good places booked up almost a year in advance. At least in NC you’re not likely to have significant weather issues!! Do you have a lot of guests travelling?
Post # 6
I also think partying the night before and waking up and getting married isn’t going to be the best way to go.
Post # 7
My wedding is going to be January 2, 2010. And I am so excited.
I was a scared about people partying too much on New Years Eve to be able to enjoy and share in our special day. I also wanted to be able to enjoy winter discounts and the location we are going with is giving us a great discount. As well as discounted hotel rooms for our guests.
You can make your wedding however you want to make it — just be sure in your decisions and it will all work out!
Post # 8
Thanks for all of the suggestions. I guess I will still do Jan. 1st and follow the ceremony with a reception instead of the other way around.
I have found a place that is open on that day. check it out: http://www.rigsbeehall.com
I can have the space for $1500 with no limit on time. Space comes with tables and can accomodate 250 people.
Do you all like the black and white idea?
<span class=”postby”>For suzanno:
Yes, his family is flying in from Florida.
Post # 9
I love the black and white idea!! You could request that all your guests wear black, white, or silver– I saw a party where that was the dress code and all the guest photos were STUNNING!!! Everything looked completely coordinated and chic. That location is just beautiful & your wedding will be so lovely and elegant… 🙂
Post # 10
I have to say, I love your idea of having the reception before. Sure, it’s unusual. And you’ll have to be sure you don’t get married with a hangover. But how fun to kick off your marriage with a party the night before!
Post # 11
I like the idea as well but as as mentioned above, when would i do the cake cutting, etc. I could leave those things for the next day which could be nice since I am having the ceremony and reception at the same place.
I’ll let you all know what I decide.
Have an idea’s for favors, flower colors, etc?
Post # 12
I’m with Kini on this one. I’m an untraditional gal and I like the idea of par-tay-ing on New Years Eve. Maybe do dinner and cocktails, countdown to the New Year and at 12:01 do your vows, cake cutting and dancing to follow.
Favors..well definitely have noise makers. Maybe a midnight snack?http://tinyurl.com/6b94hn
Post # 13
I did a New Year’s Day wedding too! 1/1/05 though. 🙂 I did black/winter white/gold as my colors. It was great. Inexpensive floral decoration = potted poinsettia’s with gold foil paper around the bottom. My bouquet was all winter white flowers with some gold sparkly things coming out. My bridesmaids carried black muffs with a gold flower on each. Super elegant and fun!
Post # 14
I think New Years Day is a great budget option that you can still incorporate the holiday into. We are doing NYE and our colors are white and silver and black.