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Written by Leanne Smith Last updated: December 17, 2014
The 31st of December is a day of excitement, the atmosphere charged with the coming of the new year. And with that comes a fresh start for many people, filled with promises and commitments. So a New Year’s Eve wedding is the perfect time to speak your vows to your partner. What better way is there to bring in the new year?
The beauty of having a New Year’s Eve wedding is that all of your Christmas decorations will probably still be up. You’re also in the midst of winter, and winter weddings are some of the most magical. You could do anything with the look of your wedding to make it a night to remember. Choose a theme such as a lavish masquerade ball or glamourous Art Deco reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties. Decorate your venue with dramatic red roses, balloons and streamers and confetti, or set the place a-sparkling with glitter, candles, sparklers, and twinkling lights. Metallic silvers and golds with deep blacks are traditional New Year’s Eve colours, and this colour scheme spread across your wedding decor will look fantastic. Incorporate your wedding favours into the day by giving guests masks or sparklers, party poppers, confetti or bottles of bubbles. Use your guest book as an opportunity for your guests to share their New Years Resolutions and to wish you well in yours.
Fashion-wise, New Year’s Eve is a great opportunity to have a stunning dress code that can set the night alive. If you stick to a chosen theme, you don’t have to spend a fortune on costumes for only one night—rent them! Or dress in black tie, with dapper tuxes and stunning gowns; a New Year’s Eve wedding is a great opportunity to look at unique wedding dresses. Don’t stick to the classic white if you don’t want to. Go for black, or a splash of colour. Furthermore, you might even want to take this night as an opportunity for an outfit change. Change from your wedding gown into a sparkly party dress and dance the night away with your new partner.
When it comes to catering for your New Year’s Eve wedding, bear in mind that Christmas was the week before and your guests may be staying until midnight at least. You’ll want to avoid a big wedding dinner; have a small one, and then supply snacks throughout the night with plenty of champagne. Look into festive treats such as fortune cookies to stick with the New Year’s Eve theme of good luck and good wishes, and make sure you offer plenty of water and coffee so that your guests will be more inclined to stay until the tolling of Big Ben.
Above, items include: “Sippers” Metallic Chevron Pattern Print Paper Straws | Mini Martini Glasses | Cake Knives Set
New Year’s Eve brings with it an inherent excited, party atmosphere. This works to your advantage, because your own party atmosphere will be strengthened by it as the clock counts ever down to midnight. In fact, with that in mind, many of your guests will probably decide to stay until midnight and beyond. Your wedding reception can be the New Year’s Eve party. So make the most of it. Add some fun and embrace the occasion by having a huge countdown clock on the wall. Use the countdown itself as a theme, and decorate your reception with clocks and numbers. Plan your big day so that your ceremony and reception happen later in the day—this allows your guests to spend the day with family before joining you for your wedding.
There are many entertainment options available, not least because you still have all of the alternatives for any other wedding like DJs, bands, and singers. For a New Year’s Eve wedding reception, fortune tellers and tarot card readers can be a great addition, and you can end the night on a bang with some traditional fireworks. (See our article for 14 Alternative Wedding Entertainment Ideas).
Above. new products are available in the Confetti shop that are great for decorating your New Year’s Eve wedding! Featured here, clockwise from the top: White and Gold Hot Air Balloon Paper Lantern Set | Black Acrylic Personalised Industrial Cityscape Silhouette Chair Signs | Gold Dreamcatcher Inspired Keyring Wedding Favour | Watermelon Round Paper Lantern in White (also available in Gold and Silver) | Gold Glitter Circle Paper Garland | Mercury Glass Globes String of Lights