Many couples dream about a gorgeous summer wedding, but what about tying the knot on the last night of the year? Kisses at midnight, glitter, sparklers, endless champagne. It all sounds amazing, but is it a genius idea or an impossible feat? We've put together a list of pros and cons of a New Year's Eve wedding.
PRO: Fun details are not only welcome, but highly encouraged.
Anyone who has even glanced at Pinterest knows that there are infinite amazing ideas to consider incorporating into your reception. When your wedding is on New Year's Eve, this concept reaches an entire new level. Confetti and champagne are practically mandatory (did someone say champagne tower?!). The list goes on: sparklers, flashy photo booths, a balloon drop, custom noisemakers. Pick a few you love and go for it.
PRO: There's no such thing as too much sparkle or glam.
Everyone already loves to dress up and get fancy for a wedding, but on New Year's Eve, you can definitely take this up a notch (or more!). A wedding on the last night of the year has an elevated effervescence that's festive and fun without feeling like you're trying too hard. Go big on your jewelry! Use it as an excuse to have those sparkly bridesmaids dresses you've been obsessing over. Incorporate incredible textured textiles (velvet table linens, please). No such this as "over the top" on New Year's Eve.
PRO: You'll always remember your anniversary.
On some years, December 27th rolls around and you realize you were so busy with the holidays that you haven't even had time to think about your New Year's plans. After your NYE wedding, you will always have a special celebration, whether that means going to a big party or just staying in with your partner to enjoy a romantic evening. And not that either of you would ever really forget your anniversary, but now you really won't!
PRO: You can surprise your guests.
Your guests may be expecting a countdown to midnight, but New Year's Eve provides an opportunity to surprise in creative ways. A New Year's Eve wedding is a celebration beyond the bride and groom, but a way for all the friends and family you love to ring in the new year together. Why not splurge and surprise your guests with fireworks on this special night?
PRO: Venues and vendors are actually available.
As long as you are planning reasonably in advance, you will discover that venues and vendors are promptly available on New Year's Eve. Couples generally start planning their December wedding during the first half of the year, whereas NYE parties don't get booked until closer in.
PRO: Most of your guests will stay the whole night.
Often at weddings, we get a portion of guests, be it those distant relatives or your parent's coworkers, who leave after dinner, or after cake if you're lucky. For a New Year's Eve wedding, everyone will be more inclined than usual to stay high energy and on the dance floor until the very end. I mean, it's bad luck if you don't stay up until at least midnight, right?
CON: New Year's Eve is expensive.
Generally, planning an event on a holiday is a bit more expensive. Staff (everyone from delivery & pickup drivers to catering) is paid more to work on those days. Higher charges on labor can definitely add up. On top of that, there are all those fun NYE items we talked about earlier. Sparklers, confetti, and noisemaker favors for everyone are expenses that non-NYE weddings don't necessarily incur. Oh, and then there's champagne, of course.
CON: Holiday travel can be costly and difficult.
Traveling over the holidays can not only be a headache, but often more expensive than usual. Your loved ones may not mind doing it on your behalf, but it's something for you to consider, especially if you're in a city that attracts a lot of end-of-the-year tourists. We suggest sending save-the-dates out earlier than usual to give your out-of-town guests time to plan their travel ahead.
CON: Closet Debbie-Downers.
You're going to have some friends and family who prefer having their New Year's Eve to themselves, whether they traditionally attend the same party every year or have a date with their couch and PJs to watch the ball drop on TV. It's inevitable that some guests may be annoyed by a holiday celebration, but the best advice we can give you while planning a wedding, regardless of the date you choose, is that you can never make everyone happy, so do you!
CON: The party will keep going.
This last one depends on if you see the champagne glass half full or half empty. As many of your guests will have the day off of New Year's Day, they may expect the party to continue into the following day for a festive brunch where you are all reminiscing on the previous epic night. While some couples would love the opportunity to keep the celebration going, some might see it as a financial obligation they didn't expect.