Tonight We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1999 (If That’s Still Fun): The Advantages and Disadvantages of Hosting Your Wedding on NYE

Every single holiday is special for its own reason.  I love getting dressed up as something ridiculous on Halloween, cooking my Abuela’s recipes on Thanksgiving, and getting irrationally excited to open gifts on Christmas morning (no… I don’t have any children, but I like surprising people!).  I must say, one of the highest on my list of favorites is New Year’s Eve. There’s something so magical about the thought of reflecting on everything from the past year, and good or bad, starting things off fresh. In my mind, it’s an opportunity to say to yourself that no matter what happened this past year, the good, the bad, or somewhere in between, everyone can start fresh.  THIS can be your year! Not to get all eat, pray, love, but this sounds like a beautiful time to commit to a new stage in your relationship…like marriage! So let’s talk about the good, bad, and in between when it comes to throwing a New Year’s Eve wedding.

What We Love About NYE Weddings

So no matter how excited I get about this holiday every year, I know that ultimately there is a ton of hype surrounding everyone’s NYE plans.  When I used to live in NYC we would pay a ridiculous amount of money to buy tickets to an “all inclusive” club party that we had to wait outside in an hour-long line in 30-degree weather wearing our party gear to get into.  Then, we would get inside and have to fight our way to the bar to get our bottom shelf, watered down cocktails…. Rinse, lather, and repeat every year. How many of your friends would love to be saved from a situation like this to attend your amazing wedding?!  It’s essentially the best excuse in the world to get dressed up, have a great dinner (and open bar), and ring in the New Year by celebrating the best day of their friend’s life! Sounds like a win, win to me!

Cons (Well… Things to Consider)


Depending on where you are hosting your wedding, potential weather conditions are a major thing to consider.  The end of December in Florida looks a lot different than the end of December in Chicago. Even if you are located in a sunshine state,  you should also consider the locations that the majority of your guests, or at the very least, your VIP guests will be traveling from. It would be devastating to have your mom’s flight grounded during a Snowpocalyspe the week of your wedding.  You don’t want to be nervously checking 10 different weather apps every 5 minutes in the days leading up to the wedding…not a good look!

Holiday Plans

This is both a pro and a con in my opinion.  Since a lot of people opt to take off the week between Christmas and New Year’s, you won’t be asking people to take PTO to make the journey to your wedding.  On the other hand, some of your would-be wedding guests may already have big plans for vacation or spending some quality time with their close and/or extended families who are all going home for the holidays.  You ultimately know your crowd and will be able to gauge your decision based on knowing the habits of those who are close to you. Ask your bridal party what they think and go from there.      

Whenever you decide to get married, I hope that you had an amazing time ringing in 2019.  Wishing everyone health, wealth, and happiness this year. Cheers to it being YOUR year!

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