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Best New Year’s Eve Wedding Ideas for a Sparkling Big Day!

New Year’s Eve weddings have a level of charm, romance, and excitement that traditional weddings may not always offer.  The mood is already filled with anticipation and happiness awaiting a new year, and when you layer that with a wedding ceremony, it’s a recipe for a great celebration. Whether your soiree lasts until the countdown to midnight or happens earlier in the evening, you and your significant other are sure to throw a party to remember that rings in the New Year with friends and family. If you are getting married on New Year’s Eve or attending a wedding on December 31st, then check out some of our favorite New Year’s wedding ideas and outfits! You can also be inspired by our Real NYE B$B Brides here and here

New Year’s Eve Wedding Themes

When selecting their wedding date, some brides and grooms avoid major holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve. However, like with Christmas, there are some major benefits to throwing a holiday wedding. First and foremost, it is the perfect excuse to have a wedding full of glitz and glam. Think sequins, sparkles, champagne towers, confetti, midnight kisses, and disco balls. If you’ve always envisioned an ultra-swanky late-night wedding, then there is no better time to make that dream a reality than New Year’s Eve. Other great NYE wedding ideas include an all-black, all-white, or black-and-white color scheme, modern touches, formal or black tie optional dress codes, metallics, or even lean into a Great Gatsby 1920s vibe. The best part is most people want a reason to dress up and party on New Year’s Eve, and celebrating your love is the absolute best reason! Just get ready, because the RSVPs will be rolling in once you drop those New Year’s Eve wedding invitations!

New Year’s Eve Wedding Venues

The hardest part about getting married on major holidays is booking your vendors. With so many holiday parties, you’ll want to make sure you secure your venue, photographer, caterer, and florist ahead of time. The easiest part about where to get married on New Year’s Eve, much like with Christmas, is that oftentimes those venues are already decorated! Remember that some venues will already be booked for larger NYE parties, but thinking outside of the box could save you money. A smaller wedding in a friend or family member’s backyard, an Airbnb, your local place of worship, or even a public park or city event space could all be affordable options. 

New Year’s Eve Wedding Save the Date and Invitations

Of course, first and foremost, after you’ve picked December 31st as your wedding date, you need to let your guests know in plenty of time so they can clear their calendars. Moreover, because of the holiday, you can get really creative with your wedding stationery, especially your New Year’s Eve wedding invitation wording. (i.e. Let’s RING in the New Year!).

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Save the Date New Year’s Eve Wedding

Zazzle  • $2.80

We love the play on Ringing in the New Year with a bit of a diamond ring graphic at the top of this Save the Date card! Available as a print or instant download.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Save the Dates

Etsy • $15+

You can download this glitter confetti, save the date Save the Date, or have it printed. Where will your guests be with the ball drops? Hopefully, with you and your spouse celebrating!

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Disco Ball Wedding Invitation Suite

Etsy • $16.83

What a fun way to play up the ball drop with these disco ball wedding invitations. You can get the whole suite as a digital download. Don’t forget to grab some cute disco ball escort cards to match!

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Invitation

Etsy • $74+

Let your guests know how to Ring in the New Year with these adorable invitations. If you are also looking for New Year’s Day Wedding ideas, this wording would also work.

New Year’s Eve Wedding Colors and Decorations

As mentioned earlier, black, white, and metallics are excellent New Year’s Eve wedding color schemes, but you can also stick with traditional winter and holiday colors as well. Reds and greens are totally acceptable, but shades of blues, greens, and whites are great colors and ideas for a New Year’s Eve wedding.  A NYE wedding is also a great chance to use glitter and sparkle accents to really amp up the glitz and glam of your event.  Check out some of these easy decorations to incorporate your New Year’s Eve wedding colors.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Colors Backdrop


This sparkly tinsel spandex backdrop comes in so many potential New Year’s Eve wedding color schemes. Silvers, golds, blues, and deep purples would all look great for counting down to Midnight with your guests!

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Table Decorations

Etsy • $13

There are so many ways you can incorporate this metallic shimmer table runner. Use it on tables, guest books, dessert tables, and more! Even use it as a sequin backdrop for the ceremony or photo booth.

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Balloon Garland


Another great idea for New Year’s Wedding themes is to play up the confetti! This bold blue, gold, and confetti balloon garland does not disappoint.

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Bespoke Table Numbers

Etsy  • $34.94

Neon light table numbers make for great New Year’s Eve wedding centerpieces and decorations. They not only serve a purpose for guests, but they also add additional lighting to  New Year’s Eve wedding venues.

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Disco Ball Vase Centerpieces


Use these disco ball vases for your New Year’s Eve wedding decorations. Place them on tables, around the food, or even store candy in them at your dessert table!

New Year’s Eve Reception Ideas

New Year’s Eve wedding receptions feel different. They are the ultimate party, and you have a chance to really play up the grandeur of the day with lots of flare.  If you get your New Year’s Eve wedding timeline just right, you can host your own midnight countdown, complete with fireworks and sparklers. Another idea would be to consider having your own ball drop with a disco ball or some other shape related to your relationship or venue. Of course, a champagne tower, non-alcoholic drink, or signature cocktail fountain only seems appropriate at an NYE wedding. Check out some reception inspiration below.

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Clock Face Table Numbers

Oriental Trading • $6.69

Count the minutes until wedded bliss! These table numbers are a great addition to a New Year’s Eve wedding theme.

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Heart-Shaped Disco Ball

Etsy • $116.52+

Looking for some creative New Year’s Eve wedding decor? Hang these heart-shaped disco balls around your venue, or drop one at midnight!

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Nostalgia Vintage Collection Lighted Party Fountain

Oriental Trading • $59.99

Fill with your signature cocktail, champagne, or punch and delight your guests Great Gatsby style with this ultimate party fountain.

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Wedding Sparklers

Bride Envy • $69.97

Check with your venue about having sparklers, but these are the perfect New Year’s Eve wedding exits or props for your guests at your reception!

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Clock Wedding Guest Book

Etsy • $155

Set this clock to midnight and have your guests sign all around the hours for the perfect New Year’s Eve wedding guestbook!

What to Wear to a New Year’s Eve Wedding

Now for the most fun section of the article – the attire! New Year’s Eve wedding attire is possibly the most fun type of wedding attire. Everyone wants to get dressed up on New Year’s Eve, and to have a reason like a wedding is even more exciting. The options are truly endless. A New Year’s Eve wedding dress is sure to make an impression along with NYE bridesmaid dresses to New Year’s Eve wedding guest dresses. The best part is if you don’t already own something in your closet, retailers always offer budget-friendly yet stylish New Year’s Eve wedding attire around this time of year. It’s an easy way to find the perfect cocktail dress or New Year’s Eve black-tie wedding outfit. Here are some options for brides, grooms, bridesmaids, and guests!

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Dress


We love this sweetheart neckline sequined ball gown complete with off-the-shoulder feathers. You’ll elevate the traditional ball gown with this style on New Year’s Eve. It’s the perfect dress for a New Year’s Eve wedding.

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New Year’s Sequin Dress

Kohl’s • $70

This would be a great reception dress for brides or even a New Year’s Eve wedding guest dress. You could even change into this sequined mini for your midnight exit. Who says you can’t have another  NYE wedding dress?

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A-Line Sequins Court Train Dress Diamond

Azazie • $539

Enjoy your big day while wearing this tulle and lace A-line gown. The hand-sewn beading will make you sparkle like a diamond as you ring in the New Year.

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Silk Gold Bow Tie

Jos A Bank • $40

Your groom or groomsmen can opt for a gold or silver bowtie instead of the traditional black to match the New Year’s Eve wedding colors.

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Men’s Diamond Sports Coat

JCPenney • $160

For an affordable price, your groom can shimmer in this sports coat as you both kiss at midnight to welcome the New Year and new beginnings.

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Floor Length Velvet Dress

Azazie • $99

Lush velvet is a great fabric choice for a New Year’s Eve bridesmaid dress, especially if you are hosting a black-tie New Year’s Eve wedding. This sheath is sexy without being in your face, and your girls will feel confident and comfortable in this gown.

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Sequin Fringe Dress

Lulus • $89

There is something about a fringe dress that makes you want to dance the night away! If you need a New Year’s Eve wedding guest dress then consider this little number. Comes in 4 colors plus a white number if the bride wants to shimmy and shake, too!

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2-piece Halter Neck and Wide Leg Pants


Instead of shopping for dresses for a New Year’s Eve wedding, consider a 2 piece number like this one! The bold blue color is stunning for the season.

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Gold Sequin Maxi

Lulu’s • $99

Is it possible to have glamor and comfort in one dress? Yes, grab this for your bridesmaids or as a New Year’s Eve wedding guest dress.

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Sparkler Sequin Jumpsuit

Baltic Born  • $87

This is a bold choice, but honestly, where else can you rock this fully sequined jumpsuit but at a New Year’s Eve wedding? It comes in silver, too!

Additional Details: New Year’s Eve Wedding Decor

When you are planning any wedding there are a million little details to remember when it comes to creating the mood for your dream day.  New Year’s Eve weddings are no different. There are so many creative NYE wedding ideas that you can use for your big day. From your cake to your flowers to the dance floor. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing when it comes to planning your own perfect New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day wedding.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Cake Topper

Etsy • $20.63+

This “Kiss Me at Midnight” cake topper is the perfect addition to any wedding or groom’s cake on New Year’s Eve.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Flowers

Sola Wood Flowers • $38.32

This DIY wood flower bouquet kit gives you a rustic meets glam look with hints of gold-silver touches. But you can also pick your own colors and make it yours.

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The Wren Collection

Something Borrowed Blooms • Prices Vary

The Wren collection makes for a dramatic statement for NYE. The mix of whites, creams, and soft blushes looks beautiful paired with blacks, golds, and silvers.

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Black and Gold Paper Lanterns


For a low-cost option with a huge impact, grab this affordable 12 pc paper lantern kit. You can hang them around the reception or ceremony with stringing lights for a great party ambiance.

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Flameless Tealight Candles


Grab this package of 24 flameless LED tealight glitter silver and gold candles and sprinkle them all over your ceremony and reception for a party ambiance.

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Balloon Drop Bag with Balloons

Oriental Trading • $22.99

Does your New Year’s Eve Wedding timeline include a balloon drop? If so, grab this affordable bag with 100 balloons.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Napkins

Etsy • $22+

Carry that creative New Year’s Eve wedding invitation wording into your reception with these fun cocktail napkins. Available in a variety of colors.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Props

Oriental Trading • $92.99

Your guests need all the accessories for a great party, and that includes noisemakers, party horns, top hats, beads, and Happy New Year headbands.  This kit has everything you need, and you can even use these as photo booth props.

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Sequin Backdrop


Speaking of photo booths, this sequin backdrop would make a great backdrop for photos, the ceremony, or even decorating the cake area.

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Dance Floor Decal

Etsy • $102

A dance floor decal is an added extra that could be cut from your budget, but it may be a fun addition to a New Year’s Eve wedding, especially if you added the date or year! It adds that little extra to any wedding.

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Light Projector


Get people out of their seats and onto the dance floor with this amazing party-light disco ball projector.

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Mini Champagne Confetti Poppers

Oriental Trading • $77.99

These little champagne confetti poppers would be the perfect way to leave your NYE wedding or for your guests to pop out at midnight!

New Year’s Eve Wedding Favors 

After your guests have sufficiently rung in the New Year with you and your new spouse it’s time to finally shut down the party and send everyone on their way. But before they go, why not send them off with one more memento from your holiday wedding! Here are a few fun ideas to keep the party going.

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DIY Mini Occasion Bottle Party Favor Kit

M&M’s• $99.99

This DIY kit comes with 20 mini occasion bottles and 2 lbs of personalized M&M’s. You could put the New Year or your initials. Whatever you decide, your guests will love this little treat for the ride home.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Favor Bags & Tags

Etsy • $12+

The cutest personalized favor bags with this little tag that says “New Year wishes & midnight kisses.” You can fill it with kisses, mints, or any little midnight snack for your guests.

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Black and Gold Rock Candy

Etsy • $26+

If you are obsessed with your wedding colors, then send your guests home with your signature theme in the form of these tasty rocky candy sticks!  They will sparkle and shine like gemstones and disco balls!

What time should a New Year’s Eve Wedding Start?

The timing of your wedding depends on a few things. First, do you want to have the party going till after midnight? Second, will your venue allow you to stay that late? If the answers are yes and yes, then don’t kick off the party until later in the evening. You could have your ceremony start around 6:30 or 7 p.m. so that you can carry on until the wee hours of the morning. You may want to chat with your caterer about offering a midnight snack after the countdown since you may be burning off those reception and wedding cake calories with all that dancing! Whatever time you decide on, your New Year’s Eve wedding will be a core memory for you, your new spouse, and your friends and family!

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Emily Perry is a freelance blogger, content manager, designer, and virtual assistant. Although her own wedding was over 10 years she loves talking about all things wedding especially when it comes to saving money and DIY!