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Stylish and Sophisticated Ideas for a New Years Eve Wedding

When deciding on the date for your upcoming ceremony and reception, most couples avoid holidays to ensure that everybody on their guest list can attend.

New years eve weddings are one of the few exceptions to this rule because these celebrations promise an enjoyable time away from dealing with overcrowded bars and overpriced restaurants.

Whether you’re planning on having a larger or more intimate event, a New Years Eve theme becomes simply unforgettable. With the feelings of excitement and anticipation already at an all-time high, a New Years eve wedding gives you the excuse to throw the patty of a lifetime.

You don’t have to worry about guests skipping out early since they’ll be too busy dancing the night away!


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If you’ve never attended a wedding held on New Years Eve, you might be wondering where to begin when organizing your festivities.

What can I wear as a New Years Eve wedding dress? What are the most common New Years Eve wedding favors to give out?

Read on to have all of your questions answered!

One of the biggest advantages with hosting a NYE wedding is the ability to go all out when planning festivities. None of your guests will think your activities and decorations have gone overboard since they are already expecting extravagance and enthusiasm with a New Years Eve wedding. 

If you’ve already decided on having a New Years Eve theme or are just looking for some extra holiday inspiration, look no further than our guide on some of the most popular New Years Eve wedding ideas!



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Nothing says New Years Eve theme quite like wedding invitations written in cursive gold. Don’t be afraid to set the celebratory tone of your special day by throwing some glitter, sequins, or metallic confetti on your stationary.

Be sure to incorporate symbols like fireworks and clocks to give your guests a true preview of the festivities.

New Years Eve Wedding Attire 

If you’re unsure about what to wear to a New Years Eve wedding, just know that these holiday celebrations are the perfect time to skip out on subtlety. 

Don’t be afraid to consider a New Years Eve wedding dress that breaks tradition. Sequined gowns in rose gold or silver will look just as marvelous as their white satin counterparts. Look into bridal headpieces, sparkling shoes, and other glittery accessories that’ll steal the show. 


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Invite your bridesmaids to experiment with their wedding ensembles as well. Floor-length gowns will prove to be less than helpful when dancing the night away during a New Years Eve wedding, so shorter dresses are something to consider. Bridesmaid dresses can reflect the same dazzling styles as adorned by the bride. 

For the male guests invited to your New Years wedding ceremony and reception, they should plan on incorporating colorful ties or pocket squares into their ensembles. These small details will definitely make a loud statement on your special day.

NYE Venue Decorations

When picking out the decorations for your reception venue, don’t shy away from taking advantage of your New Years Eve theme. 

Clocks have never felt more appropriate as holiday decor than during a NYE wedding. Get creative by mismatching different styles of analog clocks and hanging them on the wall to create a memorable backdrop. Alarm clocks become the perfect centerpieces for brides and grooms who aren’t necessarily interested in having floral arrangements. 


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If you haven’t packed away your Christmas ornaments yet, consider using them in centerpieces throughout your New Years wedding venue. This decor surely won’t feel out of place, especially if they match with your winter wedding color scheme


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While paper lanterns are usually associated with boho weddings, honeycomb balls are no stranger to a New Years Eve theme. These decorations work their magic by creating a fun and light-hearted atmosphere without much effort.


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Even when paired with basic furniture, a shimmery tablecloth embodies the sophistication found throughout a new year eve theme. Whether you’re choosing from beige, gold, or even fuschia shades, a shimmer tablecloth is guaranteed to attract the attention of your guests. 


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Bring your New Years Eve wedding ideas to life by organizing a champagne tower. You and your partner will definitely remember the bliss of pouring your drinks down the tiers for the years to come. 


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Your New Years Eve wedding will shine even brighter if you decide to include some mercury candle holders. These decorative pieces come in a multitude of shapes and photograph beautifully when placed in clusters.


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If you’re looking for New Years Eve wedding ideas beyond traditional winter flowers, considering using metallic counterparts instead. Metallic flowers will look exceptionally beautiful on your special day and effortlessly capture the luxurious vibe of this holiday celebration. 


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Incorporating feathers as decor throughout your New Years wedding venue may seem like a forgettable detail, but your guests will surely notice. These delicate accessories will look even more eye-catching when painted with sequins and sparkles. 


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If you and your partner want New Years Eve wedding ideas that are naturally pleasing to the eye, don’t think twice about using some neon signs. Be sure to personalize them with the names of you and your partner, along with the number of the new year.

New Years Eve Wedding Favors

One of the many benefits of having a NYE wedding is being able to send your guests home with some truly memorable gifts. 

Glittery top hats and tiaras don’t have to be reserved only for the photo booth. These props can double as New Years wedding favors that’ll definitely make your guests remember your holiday celebration for the years to come.


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You can never go wrong with giving out small bottles of champagne as New Years wedding packages either. Personalize the labels to make the gifts feel even more special for your wedding party. 

If you want to incorporate your artistic skills into your New Years wedding favors, design some calendars for the upcoming new year. Your wedding party will thank you for providing them with such practical gifts.


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If you’re imagining that your upcoming New Years eve wedding will continue into the hours past midnight, don’t forget to provide your guests with some snacks while keeping in mind their dietary restrictions. 

Along with various toppings and condiments, plan on offering late-night grub like waffle chips, french fries, popcorn, soft pretzels, eggrolls, or nachos. Your wedding party will thank you for giving them the energy to keep the celebration going during the after party.


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A NYE wedding truly stands out from other kinds of romantic ceremonies with none other than fireworks. Honor the holiday by painting the sky with these gorgeous illuminations and your guests are guaranteed to be impressed.


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If your New Years wedding venue doesn’t have the space for a fireworks display, think about including some sparklers on your special day instead and you won’t regret it. Sparklers aren’t nearly as noisy but will stir up the same celebratory spirit among your guest list. 


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Party Horns

For brides and grooms who are less concerned about the noise during the romantic celebration, party horns become the perfect addition to any New Years Eve theme. Party horns are fun and festive for everybody in your wedding party, regardless of their ages. 


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Balloon Drop

Give your guests the full experience of a New Years Eve wedding by including a balloon drop when the clock strikes midnight.

Incorporate some balloons that match your winter wedding color scheme and fill them with confetti to create a unique photo opportunity that can’t be found during celebrations from other times of the year.

With countless ideas for a NYE wedding, you might be feeling overwhelmed about which activities and decorations to include on your special day. 

Don’t forget to double check if certain decor is allowed in your wedding venue. Create your own list of alternatives to ensure that your New Years wedding won’t be lacking in any holiday spirit when the day actually arrives.


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