A New Year’s Eve Wedding is a fun and exciting way to close out the old year and begin the new year. There’s a certain magic on New Year’s Eve that is hard to beat—anticipating what the coming year will bring, remembering the past year, celebrating with family and friends. Here’s why a new years wedding may or may not be the right one for you.
Venues book up quickly on New Year’s Eve because there are usually a lot of events and only so many venues in a particular area. The venues know this and therefore hike up their prices because they know that someone will be willing to pay. You can expect to pay 10-20% more than the standard price for a wedding venue on New Year’s Eve. Be prepared for this added expense and book early to avoid other event planners from stealing your spot.
If you’re trying to plan a budget wedding, then a New Years wedding may not be for you. New Year’s weddings cost more for a variety of reasons.
New Year’s eve weddings are also typically longer than normal weddings. Most people keep the reception going until at least the stroke of midnight, and often into the early morning hours. Depending on the venue, you may need to pay more money to extend the length of your reception. Keep in mind that any bar/wait staff, caterers, coordinators, etc. will also need to be paid for the extended hours.
Another reason New Year’s Weddings cost more is the booze. People drink at weddings, and people drink even more on New Year’s Eve. At a typical wedding reception you can usually estimate between 2-4 drinks per person for the night. At a New Year’s Wedding that number should jump to 4-6 drinks per person (conservative estimate). If you are having an open bar, plan to keep it open longer and be prepared for the added expense.
While you may pay more for the wedding itself, you’ll get the tax advantage of being able to file a joint return for that tax year. Just make sure the marriage takes place before midnight.
The Time of Year
Another factor to consider is the time of year. New Year’s falls at the end of the Holiday season, so keep that in mind when planning your New Years wedding. Many people travel during this time of year, so be sure to give plenty of notice that you’re having a New Years Wedding. Expect that some people won’t be able to make it due to other obligations.
Also keep in mind that with so many other events being planned for the same night, it might be harder to find a DJ, band, photographer, florist, caterer, etc. Make sure you lock in your vendors early to ensure that your event is on their calendar.
Travel / Location
New Years Eve is also a night when lots of people are out on the roads, driving to and from parties where they may or may not have been drinking. It’s important to consider this when planning your accommodations for guests. You don’t want people having to drive very far (if at all) from the wedding to the reception and back to their lodging. Try to have your event in one location, such as a hotel or resort where guests can stay. That way you don’t have to worry about people being on the roads in unsafe conditions. If possible, arrange for travel to and from your event. You can even rent buses to take people from their hotel to the reception and back. Safety should definitely be a concern for a New Year’s Wedding.