Post # 1
FH and I are really getting down to planning now for our New Years Eve wedding to make sure we are able to book who and what we really want. We are planning to have the ceremony at the smaller chapel at our church (that way it won’t conflict with the evening services) and have an intimate reception at our tiny home about two blocks away. We are (hoping) to keep our guest list around 20 and adults only. Our “idea” is a slightly vintage-y, mainly DIY, intimate dinner party with a ceremony and New Years Eve tossed in. Since this is a popular holiday, we have been considering creative ways to make our guests really want to come (beyond just loving us).
These are our ideas right now:
- reserving rooms at a swank hotel nearby and arranging for transportation so our guests can party as much (and as long) as they wish without having to worry about drunk driving–if we do this, we would pay
- hiring a babysitter for the few couples (2-3) who have kids and renting a suite at the same hotel and setting it up like a slumber party for the kids
- getting babysitting service vouchers from a local company for guests to use if they wish (I’m not sure this kind of voucher really exists…)
- putting together “morning after” baskets for the guests with things like Asprin, hangover friendly snacks, and the like
- having an intimate brunch the next day at the hotel or a restaurant within walking distance
Any other ideas, Bees?
Post # 3
I think all those ideas sound awesome. Honestly, I would have no problem attending a new year’s eve wedding for someone close to me, and all I would probably “expect” is a little booze and to be able to bring my fiance. Everything else would be icing 🙂 Have fun!
Post # 4
Wow you’ve covered some great ideas already. I would however make the ceremony late enough that your guests can check into the hotel get ready and then come to the ceremony (transportation provided). This would also give the parents time to drop the kids off at the idea of the slumber party if you were to choose to follow your ideas.
Post # 5
Sounds great. If that invite came in, I’d be there
Post # 6
I have a similar desire for an intimate wedding, and I was shocked to discover that if you tell people that it is important to you for them to be there, they will wnt to be there.
The slumber party and brunch ideas sounds awesome as well.
Post # 7
I would probably go no matter what since New Years Eve is not a big deal to me, I never even go out!
But for parents I would say having child care available would be amazing since I know it’s hard to get a sitter. Also, maybe having the option to book a nearby hotel would be good, since taxis can also be hard to get.
Post # 8
Thanks, Bees! FH and I are thinking about booking a nice suite at the hotel we are thinking about using for a little Easter “stay-close-cation” and trying it out. If it is as nice as we think, I will look into booking for our guests when the 6-months out mark is hit. Now, to just figure out the babysitter aspect…
@naturlysam, love your idea! I didn’t even think of that. I’m shooting for 6:30pm for the service, so we are out of the way before the late New Year’s Eve services. Do you think that is too early?
Post # 9
@1920cottagegirl: That sounds like a goo time. Check in between 3 and 3:30 and then gives them up to 3 hours to shower makeup and get ready if they so wish and be ready to go at 6 in the lobby. Check the check in time for your hotel but even if its later it gives people time to freshen up and drop of kids. It might be a good idea to have a little snack food in the Out of Town bags since youll be having a late dinner people. I dont think you need to do all these things but if you do wow the wedding no one will ever forget.
Post # 10
I would come no matter what of course, but I like a nice dinner on New Years Eve, sometimes we go out and sometimes I cook, what are you thinking of serving food wise?
Post # 11
@Missloveknot: We live on the Gulf Coast so we are considering a really nice seafood dinner or the traditional surf and turf. We are hoping to do the catering through our favorite nice restaurant. We want to have more casual cocktails and appetizers–not passed, already set up. Then, we’d want to do a seated meal. This is what we are thinking right now, let me know if you think it sounds good:
Guests Picked Up from Nearby Hotel: 6-6:15pm
Ceremony: 6:30-7:15pm (our favorite priest is a bit long winded so I’m worried it will be a long ceremony)
Guests to House (about 2 blocks away), Cocktails & Appetizers: 7:15-7:45pm
Seated Dinner: 8-9pm
Dancing, Cake, Toasts, & Such: 9-11:45pm
Watch Ball Drop: 12am
Step Outside to Enjoy the Local Fireworks Display: 12-12:15am
Guests Returned to Hotel: (earlier if needed, too) 12:30am
Post # 12
I’d LOVE to go to a NYE wedding. I never seem to have that great of plans for new years anyways, so a wedding would be amazing!!!
Post # 13
@1920cottagegirl: I would go to a NYE wedding for a close friend with no problem. Anything more than food, music and alcohol is a plus. Providing hotels and brunch is amazing and generous. This sounds like a fantastic wedding and your loved ones will be excited to be invited.
Post # 14
A NYE wedding sounds lovely. However, I do think you should allow people to bring a date. I’m not a fan of the +1s (and I’m not allowing many of my guests to bring one), but a NYE party seems different – most people attend those parties with a date, so I think it would be best to offer each guest a +1. That can make the budgets explode, though.
Post # 15
I would love to attend a NYE wedding…
Post # 16
My sister had a NYE wedding and did many of the things you are planning (transporation to reception/hotel, next day brunch, morning after items- make sure water bottles!). It all worked out great and everyone had a wonderful time celebrating both the wedding & new years. Like some other comments, make sure you schedule everything late enough so there is not a bunch of downtime waiting for midnight.