Post # 1
Soon to be Fiance and I are on a pretty tight timeline for getting married because of my school, the home we’re building, etc. We want to get married as soon as our house is done, but have nixed December because so many people are busy with the holidays. I LOVE the idea of a winter glam/art deco wedding, but we are worried about snow! A lot of my family will have a couple of hours of travel. The date in the middle is New Years Eve. It falls on a weekend this year, and we’d throw a GREAT party so no one misses any festivities. However, I don’t want people to feel obligated to come to our wedding on a holiday! We want our wedding to be all about celebrating with people who are close to us. So Bees, what do you think?
Post # 3
Oh, and does anyone know where I can find info about the average precipitation/ice/snow for a month?
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s a bad idea. It’s certainly easier for those who have to travel than, say, the beginning of December or the middle of January. The major problem I for see you running into is the +1 problem. It’s reasonable for people to want and expect to be with even their new and casual SO’s on new years.
Post # 5
I think that having a New Years wedding would be a great way to start off a year together! And really..people dont do a whole lot for New Years. Are you going to be having a lot of people from out of state? If so, then you may have to worry about them being broke after Christmas when it comes to making travel arrangements. But still…theres somethin magical in the air over New Years..what a great energy to have at you wedding 🙂 With people being obligated…this may be bold..but if they want to be there…they will be there because they want to be, not because they HAVE to be! I would def. attend! What better way to spend the Holiday!! 🙂
Post # 6
Personally I think it’s a bad idea for a wedding on any holiday. Especially Christmas/New Years because alot of people take that week off and go see family or have other plans/traditions that they will not be happy about changing. That will not be the case for everybody but that’s my personal opinion.
Post # 7
@Miss Prerunner: We won’t have anyone who has to fly in, but I have some family who will have a 4 hour drive, and we both have several friends who will have a 2 hour drive. So they’d have the gas expense, and then I’m sure everyone would want to stay the night so add in a hotel expense.
Post # 8
I agree that a lot of people may not like having to “give up” their holiday, particularly one that is so close to other holidays. People often make travel plans for that chunk of time, and even if you get the Save-The-Date Cards out to them before they do, they might be sad about having to forego their family trip/cruise/yearly party or whatever.
If you want to do it, I’d prepare for a smaller turnout. Personally, that’s not a trade off I’d want to make.
Post # 9
We originally considered having a New Years Wedding this year, but then decided against it for the following reasons not working out:
Travel during winter weather and cost for guests (looks like this may not be a big problem for you though) * We live in the Northeast
Higher costs at hotels since it’s a major holiday and possibly limited hotel rooms in major cities
Limited/booked wedding vendors that either take the holiday off or are already busy working New Years Eve events.
I do agree that a New Year’s Eve wedding would be a big, fun party! I say check with some guests that are most important to you to attend and see what they think. I would also contact a few key vendors and look into their availability and if they increase their costs since it’s a holiday. If these things work out then I say go for it!
Post # 10
We are getting married the day before! 🙂
I think it really depends on the guest list.
Personally, it just worked GREAT for us because our friends don’t go anywhere special on new year’s and after Chistmas we’re usually all home…. so our wedding was a good excuse for our friends to see us over the holidays. Also, New Year’s was when both my grandparents got married and when we started dating years ago.
Post # 11
I’m a NYE bride and except for one or 2 people, we’ve received lots of postive feedback. People are saying that they typically don’t have any big plans for NYE so they are excited to have something to look forward to now. I think a lot depends too on your circle of family and friends. The majority of our guests live 1 – 2 hours from our location so there isn’t a ton of travel involved. We’ve reserved a block of hotel rooms close to our venue and will probably be providing a shuttle from the reception to the hotel so people don’t have to drive. Weather is always going to be a factor but I’m not going to stress over it. Last year, in the Chicagoland area, it rained and was kind of warmer on NYE. You just never know. Anyone I’ve run across that has attended a NYE wedding had a blast. You have to do what is right for you and your Fiance and what works best for your situation. It is your day. I’m of course a bit biased as I’m having my wedding on that very day, but I say go for it!
Post # 12
I’d rather go to a wedding on new year’s than sit at home and try to stay awake or go to the bars like I usually do. It’d be something different for your guests to do and probably much more exciting than what they had planned. I like the idea.
Post # 13
Thanks for your help girls! Keep ’em coming! I’m also going to poll some people who’d be invited that I know would be completely honest with me, since some of you girls said it really depends on whose on the guest list. I wish I could pull it all together before the holidays!
Post # 14
Personally I wouldn’t go to a wedding that is New Years. My holidays are spent with family and I pride being able to do that
Post # 15
I would like to come, personally. I don’t really like holidays, so having an excuse to get myself out would be fun. Also, maybe just expect some people might have prior obligations/ plans.
Post # 16
I would only do this if an incredibly low number of guests would have to travel. NYE travel prices are exhorbitant. I would be very annoyed if someone expected me to pay a 2x or 3x markup on a flight or hotel just so they could get married on NYE. I never travel on New Years because of this. I would probably skip the wedding unless it was local or an EXTREMELY close friend.