New Year's Eve Wedding Ideas

Happy New Year!

Ideas for a New Year's Eve wedding can add a personal touch to your nuptial celebration. Creative ways to ring in the New Year with style include romantic and memorable designs for truly special wedding ceremonies and receptions.


When you plan your New Year's Eve wedding can add to its romance. Many couples opt for an evening celebration with a reception lasting into the new year, but for a more unique event, consider planning a midnight ceremony where the first words you say in the new year will be "I do."


Any hotel ballroom or typical wedding facility is fine for a New Year's Eve event, but why not take advantage of the holiday festivities with something more unique? If your wedding location plans fireworks displays or other events for New Year's Eve, try booking a reception facility with a great view. Panoramic windows with a city skyline are always popular, or opt for an observation deck or even a city river cruise for your wedding.


Be sure you have plenty of champagne or sparkling juice available not only for traditional wedding toasts, but also for a New Year's Eve toast. Instruct bar staff and servers to be prepared for a midnight toast, which is a great time for the bride and groom to thank their guests for being part of their special event.


Choose classic New Year's Eve party decorations such as top hats, metallic balloons in the year's numbers, and metallic confetti to decorate the reception. This will add sparkle and flair to your event in a budget-friendly way. Top hats can even be used as centerpieces for floral arrangements or other creative decorations.

Hire a DJ

Hire a DJ who is willing to serve as an announcer for a countdown to midnight if your reception will last into the new year. Go over the celebration plans with the DJ well in advance so they know how you would like to handle ringing in the new year with your guests.

Add Some Sparkle

Bring some sparkle to your reception by using sparklers to light the way as the happy couple leaves instead of using rice, birdseed, or bubbles as they exit. Before committing to even small fireworks, however, check with local laws and the wedding facilities for their guidelines and restrictions.

Party Favors

Instead of traditional wedding favors, choose noisemakers in your wedding colors and trim them with a personalized ribbon. Every time a guest blows the noisemaker, the couple should kiss!

Black and White

A black and white wedding theme is perfect for a New Year's Eve event. Formal and elegant, these colors can create a wedding to remember, but it doesn't have to be bland - play with patterns and textures to make your wedding memorable. Patterns are especially beautiful on a black and white wedding cake, and top the cake with a crystal topper for extra sparkle.

Plan for Gifts

Give your bridesmaids and groomsmen personalized planners as thank you gifts for helping with your special day. Another option is to use a planner in lieu of a guest book and ask guests to add their addresses, birthdays, and words of advice to the planner.

Go for the Glitter

Decorate your reception hall with a large disco ball, or arrange a ball to "drop" as you countdown with your celebration. Smaller balls can serve as wedding favors or be used as place card holders on wedding reception tables.

Try Something New

While you're celebrating the new year and a new marriage, try something new and unique as part of your wedding reception menu. An oyster bar, gourmet cocoas, or regional specialty dishes are all popular and appropriate choices.

Celebrate With a Kiss

Be sure you're ready for the most important kiss of the day - not only at the end of the ceremony, but at midnight as well!

Interested in other ideas for a New Year's Eve wedding? Check out these Pictures of Winter Wedding Cakes and Pictures of Winter Wedding Dresses for more inspiration!

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New Year's Eve Wedding Ideas