New Year’s Eve Wedding

5 Fun Ideas for a New Year’s Eve Wedding

A New Year’s Eve wedding date is always a popular choice – and with good reason! After all, weddings and NYE have a lot in common. Dressing up, dancing all night, and (of course) champagne. Best of all, guests are already in the mood to celebrate. This way they get to ring in the new year as well as your new marriage.

Of course, just because your wedding takes place on December 31st doesn’t mean you have to have a New Year’s Eve wedding theme. Nor do you have to or choose a classic NYE palette of metallics, black, and sparkle all over (although it’s always fun if you do!). You could also choose to include just one or two New Year’s Eve wedding details as a nod to the holiday. But whether you go all out or keep it simple, you’ll want to check out these five fun ideas for your NYE wedding celebration.

Candlelight ceremony. No matter how you bring New Year’s Eve into your wedding, you’ll want to make sure that the party is pumping at midnight (when you should absolutely have a countdown moment). So it makes sense to start your event a bit later than usual and have an evening ceremony. There’s something especially romantic about exchanging vows in a room filled with candles. More is definitely more! And, of course, a sparkler exit will make it even more magical.

New Year’s escort cards. Get the party started as soon as your guests make their way into the reception! There are so many fun escort ideas you can use to reference the holiday (and set the tone). For example, tie seating cards to noisemakers, champagne corks, bells (to ring in the New Year), small diaries, or mini champagne bottles. You could even give guests their own champagne coupe that can be taken home as a favor.

Party looks. I always love when brides change into a second dress for their reception. New Year’s is a great excuse to choose a second dress that’s heavy on the glitter and sparkle. You could also change up your makeup or accessories. For example, by letting your hair down and having a statement hairpiece, or adding a shimmery shadow or red lip. Have your bridesmaids wear a mismatched set of party dresses in black, gold, and silver so they’re also ready to party when midnight rolls around! A glitter bar is a great way for guests to join in the fun and amp up their party looks before the clock strikes twelve.

Surprise your guests. It’s always fun to surprise and delight your guests at midnight with an unexpected treat. Fireworks are always a hit but the logistics can be harder to organize. A balloon drop or shower of confetti (or even a surprise musical performer) will have the same memorable effect.

Champagne guest book. Instead of a traditional guest book, have guests write a message in metallic marker pen on a magnum bottle of champagne. You’ll be able to reminisce as you open the champagne to celebrate your anniversary.

Which of these ideas for a New Year’s Eve wedding is your favorite?