In the many years I have been involved in the wedding business I have never heard anyone regret having their wedding on New Year’s Eve. Most couples insist that it gives them a reason to go out on December 31st for years to come, in celebration of their anniversary. In addition to that, there are dozens of other reasons to consider New Year’s for your nuptials.
-Some locations have fireworks at midnight, which makes great pictures as well as being exciting, colorful and entertaining for everyone!
-You can be very creative with centerpieces; timepieces, glittery disco balls, horns, hats, masks, feathers. Work with your florist and don’ be afraid to be creative.
-Literally everyone is assured someone to kiss at midnight.
-If you keep the Champagne flowing all night, it may cut down on liquor costs. Either way, Champagne gives any affair a little more class.
-Most people look for a reason to go out on New Year’s Eve but not everyone has a party to attend. This will give some of your guests a reason to get a sitter and celebrate, something they may not have been able to do for some time.
-Everyone is still in “Holiday Mode”, the decorations are still up in most houses of worship, hotels and reception sites. If you can incorporate your choices into the venue’s existing holiday decor you will get double the ambience!
-Your family can celebrate all of the holidays at once and stay home during the heavy traffic times like Christmas Eve.
-Aside from all of the above, you have so many fun and interesting options with the invitations, cake, flowers, favors, and who can overlook the confetti? Who doesnt love confetti?
-If you plan a New Year’s Eve wedding, please encourage group transportation (limos, party bus), designated drivers, or reserving rooms at a nearby hotel for guests who become inebriated. Remind your guests that certain Taxi companies give discounted or free rides for folks who celebrated a little too much. In certain states AAA offers a ‘Tipsy Tow” program where they will tow your car for free from 6pm NYE to 6am New Year’s Day.
Wishing each of you a safe and happy celebration this New Year’s Eve!
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago