New Year’s Eve is a magical time for to have a wedding. Everyone is already in a celebratory mood, most of your family and friends are around, even the ones you might live abraod, and everyone is still in that festive party spirit. With a New Year’s Eve wedding, there are no rules to say that you must incorporate a New Year’s Eve theme, but little details to mark the date are always nice and won’t go unnoticed. So we’ve gathered 12 Fun and Stylish New Year’s Eve Wedding Ideas, because after all, this will be a once in a lifetime start to the new year for you both, so why not mark it with a bang!
New Year’s Eve Wedding Ideas
1. Embrace the Glitter & Glam
New Year’s Eve goes hand in hand glitz and glam so why not incorporate this into your bridal party outfits with sequin bridesmaid dresses or jumpsuits. Black is wonderful when teamed with sparkle, so feel free to mix and match black or sequin dresses for a chic look that your bride squad will want to wear again. As for guests, everyone loves any excuse to get really dressed up, so why not stipulate a black-tie dress code.
2. Make it a Proper Party
Of course, any wedding should be fun, but if you’re throwing a New Year’s Eve wedding you want to make sure it’s particularly high energy. Amp things up a level with a silent disco, glow sticks and party horns!
3. Themed Wiedding Favours
If you’re doing wedidng favours why not give them a New Year’s Eve flavour. We love the idea of mini diaries, good old fashioned party horns or Hershey’s Midnight Kisses. You could even pop a clock set to go off at midnight at everyone place like our real wedding couple Emma & Gavin. We have lots more New Year’s Eve wedding favour ideas here.
4. Champagne With a Twist
Choose a signature Champagne cocktail for guests to toast with. On your anniversary each year you can then continue to toast into the New Year with your signature Champagne tipple.
5. A Surprise Moment
Organise a confetti shower at midnight, or an impactful balloon drop for your first dance – two great ways to wow guests at a pivotal moment that make for great photos.
6. Child’s Play
If you’re having children at your wedding, then be sure to have a midnight treat for them too. We love the idea of retro milk and cookies or a fruity mocktail. For your kids favours, how about midnight timers and glitter confetti poppers? Once the timer sounds it’s confetti time! We have a great post here with ideas on how to keep children entertained at your wedding.
7. Make it (Literally) Sparkle
Sparklers are super festive and make for the best nighttime photos. Go all out with a sparkler bar set up (rather than a sweet bar). If you’re not sure how to incorporate sparklers into your wedding check out our wedding sparklers ideas and we even have a printable DIY sparkler holder here.
8. Creative NYE Table Names
Again keep the theme subtle and seamless with New Year’s Eve-themed table names. Go for classic years that mean something special to you, or jazz things up and choose movies that are set on New Year’s Eve or NYE-themed songs.
9. Stylish Stationery
Set the celebratory tone from the moment the invite lands in your guests’ post box with gold and black Gatsby-style stationery. Bring it right through on the day with New Year’s Eve themed menu, place settings and signage then. We have lots of other great winter stationery ideas here.
10. Festive Photobooth
No matter how many weddings they are at, photobooths always bring the fun and make for great keepsakes. Make your NYE photobooth stand out with this fun and festive DIY sequin backdrop. Penneys/Primark and M&S all have great New Year’s photobooth props at the moment, so you could even bag a bargain if you’re NYE wedding is next year.
11. Treat Yourself (& Your Guests)
If your budget and venue allow, treat everyone to fireworks outside at midnight. Lots of companies provide this service and your venue should be able to provide recommendations too.
12. Don’t Forget Your Countdown
A no-brainer but easy to forget in the midst of planning all the other details. Ask your band or DJ to include a New Year’s Eve countdown and pick the song you want them to play afterwards, so that everyone gets in the spirit of the moment together.
Need more New Year’s Eve wedding inspiration? Then read 8 Things to Remember If You’re Planning a New Year’s Eve Wedding or check out these NYE Sparkling Cocktails!