New Year’s Eve wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I probably wouldn’t go to a new years eve wedding unless you were a really close friend or family member if I’m being honest. I really dislike when people do holiday weddings. Also, NYE is on a Tuesday, so it would be a double no for me. Even though I have off NYD, I still wouldn’t want to go out to a wedding on a Tuesday evening. 

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

brookeee16 :  Since NYE is on a Tuesday that year, I don’t know…though most people do have January 1st off no matter what. 

I love the idea of a NYE wedding. But I think with planning one, you have to accept that you’re going to be spending more money than you normally would. Like people are going to expect and glitzy and glam wedding because it’s a NYE party AND a wedding. I have 2 friends that have been to NYE weddings and they were both very expensive (but the friends had a blast at both!). Plus most venue time blocks go until midnight or maybe 12:30 at the latest. So you’ll probably want the venue later than that to really ring in the new year, so adding an extra hour or whatever will cost you. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I always feel bad for the staff that has to work a holiday wedding. Stick with June. You aren’t getting much in December that you cant have in June except for the midnight countdown. Is that worth the extra time and possible effect on turnout since many will think twice about going on NYE?

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I vote NYE. There are so many cool details you can include and it would give guests somewhere to go for a glamourous party on NYE! Since it is in the winter it might be considered “off season” and the rate might be better? I don’t really like holiday weekend weddings, but I think NYE would be different.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I’ve been to one NYE wedding. It was good fun. The reception was in a church hall so they didn’t have to worry about extra costs or anything.

However, if you’ll have a lot of out of town guests, be aware that travel and hotels can be more expensive around that time.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’d love to go to a NYE wedding. I always feel NYE is a fuss over nothing. It would be nice to have a proper party to go to on the night. NYD is a public holiday here and most people take the three working days between boxing day and NYE off anyway so it would be fine from that POV.

If you want to do NYE, do NYE. It would be fun and you could do a black tie type thing, have some midnight champers, awesome.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I’ve been to two New Year’s Eve weddings and they were so much fun. It was great to have something fun and planned and both parties were really fun. One thing I would consider, though, is that if you plan to have kids it will be really hard to get babysitters if you plan to celebrate on your anniversary. Other than that, I don’t see a downside!

ETA: I had to fly to both and I don’t regret it at all.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I’ve only been to one NYE wedding and it SUCKED. There was no alcohol and only a few appetizers. The bride and groom left before 10 and the rest of us were in a town, far from home, with nothing to do. I think the expectation for a NYE wedding is way to high and you will end up spending more $$, to make yourself and your guests happy. Unless I was really close with you or family, I would seriously think about NOT going. But this could be a good way to keep it small, if that is your goal. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Well, many years ago, my brother had a NYE wedding (it happened to be on a Saturday).  I was in the wedding and many of my brother, and my friends (mutual friends with my brother as well) were invited.  Being in the wedding party, I personally had a blast.

I was surprised years later to hear that all my friends thought it was the most boring reception they’d been to.  And I think that the bride did everything right… there was music and it was decorated nicely and good food etc.

They surmised that the reception had been considered as “boring” because NYE usually sets up a certain expectation in people’s minds and they even said they had been expecting a “party” atmosphere up to par with a NYE celebration.  I would say that the reception was a regular type reception, and if it hadn’t been held up to NYE party standards by the guests it would have been the same amount of fun as a reception done not on NYE – if that makes sense.

I guess I didn’t think of it in that way, and since it was in my family I had fun no matter what.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I would go to a NYE if it’s local! If not, than it’d be a no unless the couple was super close to me. Christmas to New Years is the most expensive week in the year to fly (and likely book a hotel room too).

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I’ve never been to one, but I love the idea of a NYE wedding! I’d be excited if I was invited to one. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

Well I wouldn’t count the weather for either one – if its freezing cold I’d hope you wouldn’t be outside, nor if it was sweating hot. 

That said, I would absolutely attend a NYE wedding if I was local. I would not travel to one unless you were a very close friend or family member. I think a NYE wedding has to have a different timeline and feel though – more upscale, later, “fancier”, no kids, etc. You could do a 7 or 8 pm ceremony, and then either do a full dinner or heavy apps, lots of drinks, dancing, and then pause for the midnight festivities and then go back to the fun. 

June gives you a lot more options, probably a lot more venues as well. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I love NYE weddings! There’s something so romantic about them plus it’s a great NYE night out and a great way to ring in the New Year. I love weddings in general though and I’ve never sent a regret!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I had a New Years Day wedding this past January.  It was great, though very small (only invited 30ish, 21 showed up).  It was nice because everyone had it off anyway so it was no problem coming, and what else do you have to do on NYD?

 

I’d go to a NYE wedding too.

 

BUT–it was 16 degrees on my wedding day. Brrr! And I live in the south!

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