Top 5 Things for Planning a New Year's Eve Wedding

The New Year is a great time for celebration of life, love, and new beginnings.  It also has a reputation as a glamorous holiday, with many people getting dressed up, going out, and having a good time.  This is why so many couples choose to celebrate their wedding night on New Year's Eve, throwing a party that their friends and family will never forget. Each year, Klock Entertainment helps several newlyweds count down the clock to the new year at their wedding reception.  On New Year's Eve 2015, DJ Jason celebrated with Charles and Maria at the Hilton Harrisburg, around the corner from the State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA.  While the weather was warmer outside than a typical New Years Eve,  guests were treated to a winter wonderland inside the hotel when Charles and Maria chose to use our Snow effect for their first dance and a couple of other choice moments as we moved closer to 2016.  The entire night was captured by videographer Jason Nardis, and you can relive Charles and Maria's special night below! Then, be sure to check out our top 5 things to remember for planning a New Year's Eve Wedding!

Top 5 Things to Remember for Planning a New Year's Eve Wedding

1. Remember the Holiday

The glitz and glamour of a New Year's Eve wedding is enticing to many couples, and rightfully so.  That being said, there are some special efforts that will need to be taken to properly prepare for a wedding that falls on a holiday.  Be sure to send out Save the Dates and book large blocks of rooms for out-of-town guests well in advance of December 31st.  You can also help out friends and family who are traveling for the celebration by connecting and coordinating with them to find ways to save.  Websites such as Grouptravel help travelers by reducing rates of hotels and flights for your friends and family.

Family Travel Tips for the Holiday

2. Decor and Themes

While your wedding is sure to be memorable and unique, you will want to take special interest in your decor.  As Bar Rescue expert Jon Taffer says, "We want to create a fun theme!"  Take inspiration from websites like Pinterest, Wedding Wire, and The Knot to brainstorm ideas in the months leading up to your wedding day.

NYE Wedding Inspiration from Pinterest

3.  Perfect Food and Crafty Cocktails

Save the pork and sauerkraut for January 1st.  New Year's Eve is all about light and tasty dishes.  Many couples elect to skip the sit-down meal altogether, opting for a more casual atmosphere with food stations surrounded by high-top cocktail tables.  Speaking of cocktails, New Year's Eve Weddings are the perfect time to break out a signature drink honoring the couple...and be sure to have plenty of champagne on hand, as well!

Get Your Drink on with these New Year's Signature Drink Ideas!

It goes without saying that your DJ or band will keep the energy up until the ball drops with modern music, but you'll also want to consult him or her beforehand when it comes to special songs, mixes, or announcements that you'd like played for the New Year.  The last thing you'd want is for the clock to strike midnight and have a DJ without a plan in place.  Artists like Pitbull, Ke$ha, and Usher always go over well for a high energy night like New Year's Eve.

Listen to DJ Earworm's United States of Pop Mashup 2015

5.  Festivities/Fireworks/Etc.

There are plenty of ways to bring in the New Year and your new marriage in with a bang.  On New Year's Eve, sparkler send-offs graduate to full-blown firework shows.  We've also had couples use TVs to stream the ball dropping in New York City, vertical fog machines to achieve a dramatic stage presence, and confetti cannons to create an explosion of color and celebration.  Whatever you decide to do, Klock Entertainment can help you bring your vision for New Year's Eve wedding to life.