Are you planning a wedding for New Year’s Eve? You’re not alone. A growing number of couples are taking advantage of a night already prone to joyful partying to celebrate their nuptials. A New Year’s Eve wedding is a great way to celebrate with friends and family and bring an unusual close to the holiday season.
Of course, if you are going to have a New Year’s Eve wedding, it cannot be anything like that which you would do in the middle of summer. It has to be about using normal New Year’s celebrations to make your wedding spectacular. We have put together a list of New Year’s Eve wedding ‘must haves’ that you can incorporate into your ceremony and reception:
1. A Mid-Afternoon Ceremony
People who party on New Year’s Eve expect to be up until the wee hours of the morning. Therefore, having your wedding ceremony at 10 or 11 AM is a bad idea. Shoot for mid-afternoon so that you can finish the ceremony, photos, and formal dinner by 7 or 8 PM. You’ll then have several hours to party until the ball drops at midnight. The diehards can keep going for as long as they want, should they so choose.
2. A Capable Bar
Your average wedding venue tends to close the bar down somewhere around midnight. That will just not do on New Year’s Eve. If you plan to serve alcohol at the reception, make arrangements with the venue to keep the bar open for a few extra hours. It’s not unusual to have New Year’s parties still going at three o’clock in the morning.
Arranging for longer bar hours will probably not be as challenging for a New Year’s Eve wedding as it would be for a summer wedding. New Year’s parties are different, and venues are used to it. But it still pays to check.
3. Plenty of Champagne
Above and beyond the regular bar you plan to offer, champagne is a must-have for New Year’s Eve. You might only serve champagne to the wedding party during a normal summer wedding and formal dinner reception. But on New Year’s Eve, everyone needs a glass to toast at midnight. Make sure you have plenty of champagne on hand for that magical moment.
4. Plenty of Sparklers
There is something about New Year’s Eve that lends itself well to sparklers. Make sure you have plenty on hand for your guests on New Year’s Eve. The only caution here is to take them outside. Sparklers are a fire hazard that should never be used indoors.
You can incorporate sparklers into your reception by getting a photo with your wedding party holding them against the dark New Year’s sky. For an even more spectacular shot, get a picture of all of your guests holding up their sparklers in one massive group. You will have stories to tell your children and grandchildren for decades to come.
5. Plenty of Rest
Planning a wedding for New Year’s Eve is like planning a party on steroids. You are going to need plenty of rest in the days leading up to your Big Day. Make sure you get everything done ahead of time so that you are not running around the day before your wedding – including picking up your rings, decorating the venue, making last-minute arrangements with caterers, and so on. The night before your wedding, go to bed early and get the sleep you need.
Engage Diamond Studio can help make your New Year’s Eve wedding special with custom-designed wedding rings and other jewellery pieces. Stop by our Toronto studio to browse our collection.