Fun and Festive Ideas for a New Year's Eve Wedding
New Year's Eve weddings have a lot of perks. For one, the holiday has a lot in common with nuptial celebrations—both celebrate new beginnings, for example. Additionally, the date basically begs you to throw the party of a lifetime (as if you needed an excuse). But planning a New Year's Eve wedding is no easy feat. Guests will expect a lot from the event, considering that they're giving up the big night to honor you and your future spouse. The last thing you want is to leave them disappointed, and the best way to avoid that is by incorporating the holiday into your theme. They can't miss out on New Year's Eve fun if you're supplying it at your affair!
If you're throwing your party on December 31, you'll need some inspiration for making the most of the occasion. When it comes to décor, think metallics and thematic details (like clocks and confetti). For entertainment, consider celebratory activities and plenty of props (like noisemakers and party hats). As your guests dance from one year into another, provide food to keep them energized, and music to keep them pumped.
See all of these ideas (and many, many more) come to life with this inspirational slideshow. Ahead, we've listed some of our favorite ceremony and reception ideas for honoring New Year's Eve at your wedding. After all, why would you settle on just ringing in the new year, when you can ring in your new marriage at the same time, too?
These save-the-dates were decorated with metallic confetti to give guests a preview of festivities.
Encourage your guests to make some noise as you enter (or exit) the reception.
These edible favors came in witty packaging, which said "Let's Go Nuts!" in reference to the food and the wedding date.
Creative Photo Sessions
Take a few silly snapshots with your wedding party. You can set up a New Year's Eve-themed photo booth with props related to the holiday, like party hats, horns, and glasses with the year.
Fuel your friends and family with yummy treats to keep them dancing all night long. How else are they going to last until midnight?
At this wedding, Champagne was served in fun glassware. Confetti and words like "Cheers" and "Celebrate" adorned each flute.
Honor the upcoming year in a big way, like this couple did at their New Year's Eve wedding. Decorate your lounge area, photo booth, or dance floor with oversized digits.
For a quirky take on the classic New Year's Eve countdown, decorate your reception venue with mismatched clocks.
Let guests eat on the go, so that they never have to stop partying.
With holiday-themed props everywhere, your photographer will be able to capture you and your new spouse doing a few cute poses.
This bride slipped into festive flats. The left shoe had Champagne glasses on it, and the right shoe said "Cheers."
Cork Seating Cards
At this event, seating cards were attached to metallic corks as a nod to popping bottles.
When the clock hits 12 a.m., release an array of balloons from the ceiling—this creative couple prove that it's worth the splurge.
Provide masks, top hats, and more for guests to dress up with.
Get guests excited for a New Year's Eve wedding and send out invites in a glam color palette. Thematic motifs are also welcome (this stationery suite featured a bottle of bubbly on the outer envelope).
Sequined Bridesmaids' Dresses
Let your bridesmaids sparkle. These ladies stepped out in sequinned Adrianna Papell dresses.
Toast to new beginnings with a Champagne tower.
Cocktail Hour Décor
This couple garnished their signature drinks with gold, pom-pom stir sticks.
Noisemaker Escort Cards
For a fun touch, use noisemakers as escort cards like this bride and groom did at their wedding.
Wish wedding guests a "Bonne Année!" as they sit down to dinner.
Interactive Guest Book
Allow guests to choose a playful prediction for the new year from a wall of envelopes, then have them write resolutions for the newlyweds into a nearby guest book.
Dance to Dick Haymes's 1947 version of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" like this couple did at their holiday bash.
Celebratory Wedding Cake
Let it rain colorful confetti to celebrate the new year, or give it to guests to throw for the exit toss.
Festive Cake Topper
Modify a vintage cake topper to include a gold hat for the groom and fireworks behind the couple for a festive twist on tradition.
Follow this couple's example and conclude the evening (and year) with an amazing fireworks display.
If you don't want to work with full-blown explosives, add some flare to your reception with sparklers. This couple used them to decorate their dessert. "It got everyone's attention," the bride recalled.