posted 10 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
28 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

One of my all time favorite weddings that I attended was on New Year’s Eve! It was a late wedding (I think it started at 8) so we were sure to get to be there for the new year. At about 11:30 we all got New Year’s hats and feather plumes and had a champagne toast as we counted down! There was a big clock to help us know when to count down. The bride and groom exited to a sea of sparklers. It was wonderful!

 I’d definitely recommend having a countdown–take advantage of your fabulous date! Your colors sound beautiful, but it may be harder to find New-Year’s themed items in brown rather than black. But if you’re ok with that difference, go for it! Good luck!

Post # 5
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Outdoor ceremony, banquet hall reception

My cousin got married on New Year’s Eve last year, and it was seriously the most fun I’ve ever had at a wedding! Like 2babc, the ceremony was later in the evening- 7pm I believe, and then the reception was immediately after. It was so gorgeous- very formal, but lots of fun. There was a countdown to midnight, and they brought in a big screen TV so we could watch the ball drop! We even had little fedoras, feather headbands and noisemakers to ring in the new year!

I agree that your colors may be difficult to find New Years items in, and another thing to consider is your church, etc may still be decorated for Christmas, which would clash with the colors you’ve chosen. My cousin’s colors were silver, black and white and it looked very elegant. But if you’re set on those colors, then go for it!

I attached some photos from the night for inspiration.

Good luck! [attachment=109800,2152]

Post # 6
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Neat idea!  But for the record, I don’t think of 170 as small 🙂  Then again, I have a teeny fam. 

Find a way to include New Year’s noise makers (favors? escort cards?), and have people play them instead of the clink-the-glass-to-see-the-newlyweds-kiss thing.

Post # 7
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We went to a NYE wedding and loved it… great food & drink, dancing, an excuse to dress up.. none of our other NYEs have compared (they are usually spent playing board games and eating chips. :))

Post # 8
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Like others have said having things later is a must. Also give favors that can be used at midnight. Perfect time for sparklers and other fun stuff. I would also make sure you are on the dance floor so everyone can see you at midnight. There is so much you can do. Also make sure to send out save the dates since it is a holiday.

Post # 9
117 posts
Blushing bee

Just a question.  Did you find that everything was more expensive because you were booking for new years eve?  dj, venue, caterer?  prices for weddings are already inflated PLUS new years is inflated as well.  I’m asking because my Fiance and I haven’t set a date and have been toying with the idea of doing a new years wedding.

Post # 10
26 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ve been to two NYE weddings, and they were probably the most fun weddings I’ve ever been to!  As mentioned by others, they both occurred later in the evening, and took advantage of the midnight countdown.  Happy planning!

Post # 11
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just got married this NYE, and the biggest problem was finding a caterer. So many caterers have regular parties that they do every year, that they are simply not available. Lots of them won’t even consider doing it unless it is going to be a huge guest list. Good luck, and book early!!

Post # 12
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My fiancee and I are having a January 2nd, but we would have loved to do NYE! It can be such a fun, pretty celebration! Good luck planning!

Post # 14
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@ Missesq…I think that you will always find inflated prices just because its a wedding, but you may be able to use the fact that New Years 2009 falls on a Friday, not Saturday when most weddings happen and is not in "wedding season" in order to get a discounted price.  If you aren’t set on one venue or other vendors, you will probably find that a lot of vendors are willing to compromise.   

Post # 16
1 posts
  • Wedding: December 2009

Hi All, I am glad I found this site.  The minute I got engaged I knew I wanted to a NYE wedding.  We are planning our NYW wedding on December 31, 2009 at the Seaview Marriot, NJ (outside of Atlantic City). 

We are having it be a cool winter theme with black, white, silver and a hard to desribe plum color with most of the top eye catchers to be diamonds and pearl accents. 

We are doing a live tv broadcast from times square, party hats, confetti for midnight and saving our toast for just before. 

We are planning very traditional tuxes for the guys and the girls to wear this plum color with silver accesories. 

I am dubbing it the diamonds and pearls reception or purple rain (reign).  I love prince and I love the color purple so I couldn’t think of anything more glamourous than diamonds and pearls and white and silver, with this hint of Plum. 

For favors I plan to give out my own version of my famous homemade bloodymary mix with personalized labels –New years Day is the Hair of the Dog celebration, so it fits our theme. 

We are having a photobooth like the kind you see on the boardwalk with a commemorative scrap book where guests can leave their well wishes instead of a guest book. 

Our centerpieces are willowbranches, spray painted silver with fairy dust with roughly 5-6 crystals hanging from the branches in a random pattern with white with pink center orchids tied on to a few of the branches.  These will likely make the center piece about 4 feet tall.  Our vases are clear with clear faux ice with pinkish LED lights at the bottom and about 5 votives around the base of each vase, we are finishing the vases off with a silver and white satin ribbon.   

I plan to have our cake all white with fondant pearls on the cake and rhinestone "Diamond" belts around each tier, topping the cake and draping one side with the orchid we are using in the bouquets, centerpieces and boutineers. 

 I am incorporating my plum color into the perimeter lighting, the napkins and the bridemaids dresses. 

 I have so many other ideas….

 But I am trying to always find more, so I scour sites for good ideas. 


Good luck with all your plans, it is going to be a great New Year!

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