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Written by Leanne Smith Last updated: October 29, 2015
Can you think of a better way to bring in the New Year than saying “I Do” to the person you love? Christmas cheer is still in the air and the excitement is tangible as the clock counts down to fresh starts and New Year’s Resolutions everywhere. It’s the perfect time for a wedding. Let the confetti fall—here’s everything you need for a fantastic New Year’s Eve wedding.
Strings lights in every corner of the room, hand out sparklers to your guests, and be generous with the champagne—when you have a New Year’s Eve wedding, it’s usually go big or go home. With a traditional colour scheme of black and gold with a smattering of silver here and there, everything is sparkle, glitter and glam. Though a smaller, more intimate wedding can be just as stunning an occasion as an all-out end-of-the-year party, big celebrations tend to be the most popular. In the spirit of raucous fun, you may want to add some class to your wedding in a throw-back to the Roaring Twenties.
Art Deco continues to be an extraordinarily elegant affair that fits beautifully with the glitz of New Year’s Eve. But if you’d prefer to keep your theme to this century, you could throw a purely glamorous wedding filled with clear crystals, shiny sequins, and glittering garlands.
A city or industrial wedding fits very well with New Year’s Eve too, with all of the shining lights splashed across the skyline. Because the countdown to midnight is the big moment on any 31st December, a clock theme tends to be very popular, or black-tie reminiscent of a casino—it’s the night of hopes for the New Year, and wishing for luck is something most of us will do.
Even a rustic or countryside New Year’s Eve wedding could work lovely, but traditionally they’re very urban. You could always consider a fusion wedding to get the best of both worlds—see how to throw an urban wedding in the countryside here!
As amazing as a New Year’s Eve wedding can be though, you may run into some difficulties. You’ll have to look into special late licenses that allows you to stay in your venue until after midnight. You may also be limited in your choice of caterers, bands, florists, etcetera, as most people won’t want to work over the holiday. It won’t just be your potential suppliers either—some of your guests may prefer to spend New Year’s Eve with only the closest of friends and family too, rather than an entire room of people who they may not know very well.
It’s a case-by-case basis. You know your friends and family, so don’t let the possible downsides deter you from the possibility of having a magnificent New Year’s Eve wedding. See the year out in style, and open the newest chapter of your life with a bang.