Post # 16
- Wedding: December 2015 - Gibsons (Chicago - Gold Coast)
inlovewithlibra: I just had my NYE wedding last week and it was awesome!!!! We ran it by our key friends and families 6 months before and everyone was on board. Over 60% of our 120 invited guests had to come from out of town, my entire side except 3 people and some of his people. (We only had 2 flight cancellations – it is winter in the Midwest – but it all worked out in the end). We kept it in downtown Chicago (Gold Coast) so there was plenty for people to do and see outside of the wedding day. I kept the bridal party small (siblings only) to save people the time and trouble of traveling in advance and added expenses with flights, hotel, etc already being needed. We got great hotel block pricing (as low as $115/not for 4 stars only 3 blocks away) and offered our guests 4 options nearby, including a more expensive one across the street that many people booked for convenience. Started the night with a cocktail/welcome hour at 7:15 since we knew guests would arrive early, then the ceremony at 8 pm (to go through midnight and not become an all day event) and did the ceremony and reception in one place to reduce travel on the holiday. We covered valet parking at the venue for driving guests and others used cabs or users (easily available in the neighborhood we were in). It was a blast and some people have joked about wanted to get together again next New Year and make it a party.
We didn’t pay any premiums on vendors and got a lot of our last table decorations on sale by waiting until after Christmas. Restaurant as venue was a huge bonus since they are open and fully staffed anyway, so there were no holiday staffing fees. We did cupcakes from a place that was open on NYE, so no premium and a small cake to cut. Host hotel across the street so no transportation needed. NYE favors from party city and my coordinator changed me her usual Day-Of rate. We sent out invites 2.5 months early and talked to everyone before that to give advanced notice. So people got baby sitters in advance (a handful of guests left between 10-11 for this reason) and were able to plan for it. Of the final 100 guests who rsvp’d, only one didn’t show that day (and called that morning to tell us). It was a great turn out and we partied, danced and drank past 1:30 am!! Even the parents and grandparents had a blast!
I SAY GO FOR IT!!!! 😀😀
Post # 17
I would LOVE to attend a new years eve wedding! I know a couple that had one and it looked great. Now, I do feel like if you have NYE wedding it has to be more of a fun environment and a later wedding. No point in a NYE wedding that you can’t count the new year in!
Post # 18
- Wedding: December 2015 - Gibsons (Chicago - Gold Coast)
I should also add that we did a cocktail-party style reception, plenty of mixed seating options but no formal seated/played dinner.
Post # 19
Someone I know just did this for 2015. I think it’s a great idea, your guests have a New Years party and wedding in one . Woohoo!
Post # 20
I personally wouldn’t travel for one because holiday rates at hotels are crazy. If you were local I would be more likely to consider it.
Post # 21
I would possibly attend one because I don’t go out on NYE but a lot of people I know wouldn’t as they do things at NYE. I think if you do do a NYE it has to have some things like everyone has a plus one and children are allowed. But still expect a lot of people to decline.
Post # 22
I would totally go. What a fun way to celebrate! Also, I never make NYE plans and most people I know don’t either. A wedding sounds so much more fun than being packed in a bar with strangers.
Post # 23
I think it depends on where the majority of your guests would be coming from. If you have a lot of out of town family/guest then I vote no. Bc travel is stupid expensive around that time.
However if its a smaller ceremony with close friends/family that are all local then I say go for it! I would love to go to a firends wedding on NYE as long as I didnt have to travel far! 🙂
Post # 24
I really wanted to do it this year but everyone poo-pooed on my idea . But I still say go for it.
Post # 25
If I was really close to the person and no traveling was involved…yes, I would go. Otherwise, I would prefer not to. New Year’s eve is very special to me and I just would want to do my own thing as usual. Travel costs are expensive especially during holidays so that would be annoying as well.
I also agree with PP that mentioned drunks and the craziness driving. I wouldn’t personally want to worry about the guests and if they’re safe returning home/to the hotel. So, I would definitely be careful of watching how much your guests drink and whom may try to drive.
But, you should choose what day makes you happy. Just try to be understanding if not all the people you hoped rsvp.
Post # 26
We’re getting married this coming NYE… We have had really mixed feelings about it from guests. More often than not they’re excited and say that they don’t have anything to do on NYE anyways… But I have had a few aunts and assorted family members that have been really rude saying that they won’t come… Which is expected from a few, but really stung if we’re being honest.
I think NYE is the most romantic night of the year. We are having our wedding later on and having a HUGE party after, with tons of food, booze and dancing. I may be biased, but I think it is a great idea. My only advice is to be able to take criticism, becuse there are some people that won’t be happy and won’t be afraid to tell you how they feel about it. And take into account that some important people in your life might not be able to make it.
Post # 27
We were just married on New Year’s Day in the evening. We had a party/welcome for out of town guests on NYE. In our case, people seemed super excited about having the event over new years. We had virtually no declines- and none that were because of the date. I think it depends on your friends and family- I’d just ask some key friends and family their thoughts. In our case, I don’t think we could have picked a better night. People have even suggested that we do an annual anniversary party! Enjoy!
Post # 28
If the wedding was in town or close I’d be thrilled to go to a NYE wedding. If it was a long travel I would be happy to go for a good friend or family member. However, if it was for someone I wasn’t really close with I likely would not attend if travel and accomodations were going to be pricey.
Post # 29
inlovewithlibra: I had a NYE wedding two years ago, and eeek still hear that it was the best wedding ever!!! It was such a blast to ring in the new year with all of our family and friends. Everyone was so excited to have a place to go and get dressed up!
I will say the ONLY downside is we never feel like we can go away for our anniversary, bc prices are so jacked up!
Post # 30
UPDATE: After reading everyone’s reply, I have completely ran away from this concept with my tail between my legs!!! Hahahah, I have my eyes set on either a June (ferry boat + city skyline at sunset) or October (fall scenery + cozy romantic) wedding date at this time. Both dates I am thinking about will be random/non-traditional holiday.