Consider these 5 New Year's Eve wedding ideas when planning your big day. Romantics enjoy the idea of starting a new life together at the stroke of a new year, but there are some logistics to cover. One of the hurdles to overcome is the cost factor, venues charge more for their use on this night. You will need to book early and let your guests know at least a few months in advance since they may have standing plans. With that said though, New Years Eve wedding ideas can make this night a lot of fun.
- Start your event late. Hosting your ceremony around 7 and the reception at 8:00 PM is a good rule of thumb. Typically a venue allows 5 hours, so this way it will last from 8 PM until 1 AM. You want your guests to stay at least until the stroke of midnight.
- Make a coffee station a highlight. This is useful for guests who are not used to staying up late. Consider having an espresso or cappuccino machine set up as well. Include candy sticks to stir the coffee, whip cream and chocolate shavings. Having a dedicated barista is a nice touch for a New Year's Eve wedding.
- Take advantage of the festive night and serve hot appetizers rather than a sit down dinner. This calls for a cocktail party dress code rather than black tie. Sit down meals are expected at a black tie event. Serve items such as hot wings, scallops and bacon, mini sandwiches and lots of desserts. A chocolate fountain adds a special touch to a late night.
Set up a party supply table. Pile on noise blowers, party hats, confetti, streamers and even feather boas and funky glasses to use by the guests. The reception hall can be decorated with these colorful party items as well, or can be kept to a classic black and silver theme. As the night wears on the hall will become more and more festive as guests take it upon themselves to play with the party supplies.
- Set the stage for a midnight surprise. Have balloons and confetti placed in netting over the dance floor to drop at midnight. Set up a large clock or your fashion your own ball drop to mimic the events playing on a wide screen TV. Mute the TV and allow the DJ to count the seconds with your guests to keep it more personal.