Ringing in the New Year as Newlyweds

New Year’s Eve celebrates a new beginning to a new year, so why not celebrate two new beginnings at the same time? A New Year’s Eve wedding can be, and should be, the party of a lifetime. There’s no such thing as too much sparkle, too much champagne or too much partying with a New Year’s Eve wedding, so if you are looking to have an over the top, glammed out affair then this might just be the perfect option for you!

First, things to consider:

·     It is a popular date for events in general, so book your venue and vendors early.

·     It is technically a holiday, so there will most likely be extra costs associated with your date.

·     You will want to keep the party going late, at least until after midnight (because what’s a New Year’s Eve wedding with a midnight toast?!) so consider a later starting ceremony time.

·     Travel may be more expensive for your guests, or for yourself if you are not local in your wedding city, so make sure to give enough head’s up to your guests with your save the date.

·     At the end of the night, if the accommodations are not on site or in walking distance, transportation could be a nightmare so consider offering organized transportation to your guests.

Now, that you’ve thought about the considerations, let’s talk the fun stuff!


The more sparkle the better! Take advantage of the New Year’s Eve holiday to really go all out with the glamour. To start, choose a color palette that is more neutral and focuses on a metallic accent, such as black and gold. Use the metallic accent color in things like linens, paper goods, signage, chargers, flatware and, of course, the cake.

More non-traditional wedding décor like balloons, tinsel and confetti are more appropriate for a New Year’s Eve wedding. Since it is still considered a winter wedding, you can also get away with more winter themed décor like ornaments. 


Late night snacks are always a good idea, if you ask us, but they are more of a necessity with a New Year’s Eve wedding. Your guests will need some extra fuel, so they can party into the morning hours with you. 

A New Year’s Eve wedding is expected to be a little more of a formal event so definitely opt for a full open bar, not just wine and beer. And make sure to add champagne to your bar if it is not included, or at least a champagne toast for midnight!


Select a more formal dress code for your wedding. You don’t have to go full white tie, but black tie or black tie optional will add an extra level of class to your already classy New Year’s Eve wedding. 

For your bridesmaids, don’t be shy to select something that is sequined. We recommend avoiding anything too colorful; instead stick to something more glamorous like black, gold or silver.  


With a party that is expected to last past midnight, you will want to invest in an amazing entertainment option. Whether it be the best DJ in town or a rocking band (or a combination of both!), make sure you select someone who will keep the party going strong all night long. Also, since your New Year’s Eve wedding will likely include a countdown, make sure the MC has a strong presence.

Speaking of a countdown, make sure you plan something extra special for the midnight moment. From a balloon drop to a confetti toss to a champagne toast – or all the above – make it something memorable!


Photo Credit: Rob + Kristen Photography

Creative Team

Rob Tesar Photography
Amanda Moss Photography
Old South Studios
Morgan Caddell photography

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