(Closed) New Years Eve Wedding Thoughts????

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would absolutely love to attend a NYE wedding!! I never have a good NYE and I think a wedding would be perfect. The only thing is that you said your guests have kids… I don’t think a NYE wedding is good for kids and they run later than normal.

Some things I would think about if planning it for NYE- make sure the reception is at a hotel so guests don’t need to drive. I drink a lot more on NYE than other holidays/weddings. Maybe a babysitter for guests’ kids? I’ve also heard that catering is more expensive this time of the year.

Post # 4
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I personally would be excited to attend an NYE wedding! It would definitely be more fun than just any old NYE party! ๐Ÿ™‚ However, as it’s out-of-town AND holiday, it’s possible that you’ll have some guests who RSVP “no,” especially if there are kids involved. Also, do you know what kinds of rates you can get on area hotels for a holiday? Cost will be a factor in your guests deciding whether they can make it.

Post # 6
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes a babysitter in a hotel room, or another room in your venue. Get them a pizza and they’re super happy.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d love to attend a NYE wedding! We looked into it, but Fiance wasn’t a huge fan of the idea and when we looked into it it was going to cost much more.  

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am currently planning a NYE wedding (look in the Dec 2012 threads, there are a few of us). Still waiting on RSVPs so cant answer to that but here is what i can tell you so far:

I sent my Save-The-Date Cards in Jan-12 (said “as we celebrate this new year upon us, plan to ring the next one in at our wedding” something like that)

We are having a no kids wedding – wedding starts at 5:30 *most people have been excited when we talk about it, we have had a few tell me that they can’t find babysitters for that night so probably can’t make it

We are having the weddnig and reception at the same location to limit driving in case of bad weather.  We did not do at a hotel but we are providing a shuttle to and from the hotel to location. Would insist that you either do the reception at a hotel or do the shuttle

Favors are NYE hats/tiaras

Gives me the excuse to put glitter on basically everything. We are doing blue/silver

We are having a limited open bar (wine-beer-2 mixed drinks) to save a little money

We did talk about doing the ceremony at midnight (doing reception before the ceremony) but were worried about drinking and people staying for the actual ceremony

We haven’t found that it is costing up more but it’s on a monday so maybe that is the offset? We did have a few vendors that were out of town for the holidays so it took longer to find some vendors (cake and caterer)

Hope that helps some ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper

@Mantha17:  You should check with some of the surrounding hotels. I know a few hotels near my reception hall offered a free shuttle to and from specific venues! And if not, they probably have this question a lot from brides. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I am currently planning an NYE wedding for 2013!!

I have shared the date with most of our family and friends and just about everyone was SO excited. If you love the date and want to have an NYE wedding, I say go for it!

So far I have my DJ, venue, photographer, and photo booth booked and no one has charged any extra for the date. I also have a block of hotel rooms that have a $99/night rate, which I thought was awesome for NYE. I know I’m way ahead of the game, but given it’s a holiday I want to book as much stuff as possible to get a great rate. I do think the one place we will see a price increase is with car/shuttle services for the guests to and from the hotel. NYE is a huge night for car services, but if you know that going in I’m sure it won’t be too much of a sticker shock.

Similar to BrookieCookie9, we are also having the ceremony and reception at the same place to limit the driving in case of bad weather.

We are having no kids at our wedding, so I’m not sure on the cost of babysitters.

Hope this helps…I say DO IT! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would love to attend a NYE wedding. I say go for it!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Fror me personally there would be an almost zero chance that I attend a wedding on that date. Unless it was super close family and the majority of my family were going.

I just feel on major holidays like Thangsgiving weekend, Christmas, New Years when I already have to decide which coast to spend my holidays on the last thing I want is a wedding in the mix, and when you add in fact that it be out town and that the most expensive time of year to travel, and as somemone who flown during those times which can be a nightmare. I would send my regrets to the couple.

 

Do an informal poll ask friends and family how they would feel about it, if you get depending on the feedback, that how you guys should make your choice.

 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Frankly, an out of town NYE wedding sounds like an expensive disaster for me.  Every form of travel is more expensive around NYE, and hotels often have the highest rates of the year.  Everything is at a premium. 

I enjoy celebrating NYE as I choose, and would probably only go to a very close friend’s NYE wedding (if it was local).  I don’t know if I would be able to afford an Out of Town NYE deal, for all the reasons above. 

Sorry if this is a downer, but I do not think it would be a good idea :/

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

NYE, for me, is about partying with all my friends while wearing a sexy black dress, getting wasted and passing out around 5 am. A wedding would mean partying with the bride n groom’s friends, wearing more conservative clothes, moderating alcohol consumption, and being too tired to stay up til midnight. A wedding is 5-6 hrs max. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

i think the problem here is that you want an out of town wedding. Most people are either visiting family for the holidays or have just returned from visiting family, so I would expect a lot of declines. I personally wouldn’t attend unless it was a very close friend. I’m so exhausted from traveling all over for christmas, I couldn’t imagine having to travel for a wedding so close to the holidays. Between that and the cost of attending a destination wedding right after Christmas, I think you would have a small guest List. Plus, I have standing New Years plans with friends I only see a few times a year so I wouldn’t be thrilled even if traveling and cost weren’t an issue. 

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