If you and your significant other are considering a New Year’s Eve wedding, then you are definitely the type of people who love a good party. There is no doubt that a New Year’s Eve wedding is a great way to say farewell to the holiday season, as well as start the new year out with a bang. There are, however, a few details to consider prior to planning your big day on one of the most celebrated days of the year.
Venue and Vendor Expenses – New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year. Most venues host their own events, and many others are rented out months to years in advance for private functions. Because there is so much demand on New Year’s Eve, expect to pay a premium for all of your event services. It is likely that your venue, caterer, decorator, photographer, etc., are going to be charging their top tier pricing for a New Year’s Eve Wedding.
Venue and Vendor Availability – For the same reason outlined above, booking a New Year’s Eve wedding means that there are not a lot of options when it comes to last minute bookings. As most venues will host in-house parties, they’ll reserve their event space internally. Vendors should be booked no less than a year in advance; depending on your location, booking more than a year in advance is recommended.
Guest List – Getting your loved ones together during the holidays can be tricky. Depending on where your family and friends are located, having a New Year’s Eve wedding might make sense since everyone is already altogether for the holidays. If not, travel expenses for those out of town guests can break the bank if flights and hotels are involved. Flights alone can be twice as much over the holidays than during the rest of the year. Keep this in mind when selecting your wedding date and who you want to see as a part of the celebration.
Transportation – New Year’s Eve is famous for the end-of-the-night struggle that can occur when hailing a cab. Have a plan in place to get your guests and yourself home safely. Ditch the taxis on this night as they are going to be swamped and opt for a shuttle or car service.
While there are undeniably some hurdles associated with hosting a New Year’s Eve wedding, the pros of choosing the biggest party day of the year as your wedding day can significantly outweigh the cons.
Party of the Year - If you can succeed in getting all of your guests together, near and far, then you will be the hero for throwing what will likely be one of the best New Year’s Eve parties that they will ever attend. Everyone loves a good wedding and with the added excitement of a midnight countdown and champagne toast, who wouldn’t want to be with all of their close friends and family? As an added bonus, most people tend to get all dolled up for New Year’s Eve AND weddings, so the combination of the two should provide you one of the best dressed guest lists out there.
Anniversaries - No matter where in the world you and your significant other will be on your anniversary, you will be guaranteed a great celebration. Who knows, you may even get an annual fireworks show.
Feedback from couples who have hosted a New Year’s Eve wedding is generally pretty fantastic. Guests love it too and find peace of mind knowing that they have concrete plans for a night that can offer many different options. It’s an opportunity that most people don’t get to experience, so do it right and show yourself and your guests a great time.
If December 31 is the date that you have your heart set on, go for it! The important thing is to be prepared and give yourself lots of time. Book your venue and vendors early to avoid disappointment and paying increased rates, make sure you give your guests lots of notice so that they can make necessary travel arrangements and accommodations, and do your guests a solid and pre-arrange transportation to get them home safely.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to stock up on the bubbly!
PANTONE has released the 2017 color of the year and the winning shade is… drumroll please… GREENERY!
PANTONE is usually spot on with their predictions, so we can’t imagine that this year will be any different.
Greenery is exactly as it sounds. It is the shade that you would expect to have as an accent peeking through your bridal bouquet, a filler for your fresh floral centerpieces, or as the natural backdrop of an outdoor wedding.
It is that mellow green that you would find in the early days of Spring. That of a flower bud before it really comes to life. And that’s exactly how PANTONE describes it: “A refreshing and revitalizing shade. Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”
Sounds perfect as a wedding color, doesn’t it?
Share your thoughts on Greenery and how you plan to incorporate it into your wedding.