Magic happens when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. Confetti flies into the air as people pop bottles of Champagne, kiss their loved ones, and blast noisy air horns. Metallic décor covers the walls, and women dress in sequin-covered outfits pulled from the depths of their closets. The celebratory party atmosphere is undeniable.
For couples looking to make a big impact on their big day, a fun-filled New Year's Eve wedding might be the way to go. Here are seven reasons to tie the knot on the last day of the year.
What You Really Need to Know About Hosting a New Year's Eve Wedding
1. The Holiday Spirit
People are willing to indulge a little on New Year's Eve. Whether your guests prefer the open bar or the dessert bar, they'll view the holiday as an excuse to let down their hair and enjoy themselves before making New Year's resolutions. Take advantage of the year-end high by throwing a fun-filled celebration that everyone will remember for ages. Upbeat music, flowing Champagne, and sparkly décor can transform your big day into a seasonal soirée.
2. The Countdown to Midnight
The countdown to midnight is arguably the highlight of New Year's Eve. Don't let your guests miss out on ringing in the new year! Keep spirits high—and make great memories—by incorporating countdown festivities into your reception. Consider displaying a huge clock or timer that counts down the minutes to midnight. Or you can have your DJ give regular time updates throughout the night.
3. Dazzling New Year's Décor
Some items just scream "New Year's Eve"—think metallic hues, twinkling lights, and sparkly accents. Why not embrace the flashy aesthetic of New Year's Eve by incorporating these items into your ceremony and reception décor? A gold, silver, and black color scheme goes a long way in creating the perfect mood, while string lights, sparkly tablecloths, and decorative Champagne flutes create wow-worthy accent pieces.
4. Festively Fun Props
At a New Year's Eve wedding, props don't have to stay in the photo booth. Noisemakers, glittering top hats, flashy eyeglasses, and confetti cannons will make everyone want to celebrate! Display the props on tables throughout the venue, or give them to guests as wedding favors. Just imagine your unique and sentimental wedding photos with everyone from your maid of honor to mother-in-law dressed in New Year's tiaras.
5. Glammed-Up Bridal Fashion
On any other day of the year, dressing your bridesmaids in gold sequined gowns might not work (depending on the celebration). On New Year's, however, looking like a disco ball is fair game! Nothing is stopping you from embracing full-on New Year's fashion. So pick out the most sparkly wedding gown on the rack, dress your bridesmaids in metallics, and play up your eye makeup, if your heart desires.
6. Dancing into the Night
Do you like to party into the wee hours of the night? Then a New Year's Eve wedding is absolutely perfect. Most guests won't be ready to bid adieu immediately after the clock strikes midnight. Excitement and anticipation will keep spirits high and drinks flowing, so you can party into the first hours of the new year (or until the venue kicks you out!)
7. A Grand Finale
End your reception with a bang—literally—by setting up a fireworks display. The fireworks can symbolize the start of the new year, as well as the start of your happily ever after. If your venue prohibits fireworks, or you're not too keen on having loud booms at your reception, a sparkler sendoff can be just as festive and fun.
Amazing Photos of Fireworks and Sparklers from Real Weddings