59 NYE Wedding Ideas to Help You Ring In the New Year

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Samantha Iacia - The Knot wedding style expert
Samantha Iacia
  • Samantha writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in wedding decor, trends, and fashion
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Samantha was a features and weddings contributor for The Baltimore Sun
  • She is based in Washington, D.C. and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism
Updated Dec 07, 2022

From the extra-special kiss at midnight to festive party props, there's something so exciting about getting married on December 31. If you're dreaming of exchanging vows while the ball drops, we're sharing plenty of must-see New Year's Eve wedding ideas to help spark your imagination. Having your wedding on New Year's Eve is the perfect excuse to go all out with your decor and party until the wee hours of the morning—plus, how cute is it to wake up as newlyweds on the first day of the new year? Count down to the end of December while scrolling through these NYE wedding ideas, from party-ready attire to centerpieces, cakes and creative favors for your guests.

In this article:

Is a New Year's Eve Wedding a Good Idea?

Hosting a wedding on a holiday always comes with a set of pros and cons. On the plus side, most people are in a partying mood when the holiday season rolls around—and guests may have more free time off at work, which means more time spent celebrating you.

On the other hand, traveling during the holidays can be challenging, especially if you're planning to invite a lot of people from out of town. Understand that airline tickets and accommodations might be more expensive than usual, which could impact whether or not your guests can attend. In terms of your own wedding budget, the rates at certain wedding venues may be more expensive than normal for New Year's Eve, particularly for venues that host non-wedding events during the holiday season (like company holiday parties and fundraisers). As you begin wedding planning, ask your venue if there will be extra fees for booking on New Year's Eve, such as holiday pay built in for the staff or a higher catering minimum.

Ultimately, deciding to host your wedding on New Year's Eve comes down to what you want as a couple. If planning a NYE wedding feels exciting to you, then we think it's a great idea—it's the biggest party night of the year, after all. If you're feeling too overwhelmed by the logistics of getting married on a holiday, then don't hesitate to reconsider and choose a different day.

New Year's Eve Wedding Invitations

1. Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

modern new year's wedding invitations with gold leaf details and silver tassels
November Letters

Luxe details like gold leaf, wax seals and miniature tassels are swanky additions to your wedding stationery suite.

2. Ticket-Themed Wedding Invitations

Have a sequined tablecloth ready to go for your photographer to use when they're capturing your stationery and other details in a flat lay. The end result screams New Year's Eve wedding.

3. Art Deco Wedding Invitations

new years eve wedding invitations with black, white and gold art deco design
Robyn Van Dyke Photography

Let your guests know that you're ready to party Gatsby style with an Art Deco-inspired wedding invitation suite.

4. City Skyline Wedding Invitations

Get your guests excited for the holiday (and your event, of course) by using New Year's Eve-themed wedding stationery featuring fireworks motifs and metallic lettering.

5. Scalloped Detail Wedding Invitations

These NYE wedding invitations are classic and subtly festive, thanks to the blind emboss detail on the insert cards and complementary gold scalloped envelope liner.

6. Modern Black and White Wedding Invitations

Incorporate your love of jazz music by adding sketches of musicians to your invitations and insert cards. With a black, gold and ivory color palette, this stationery suite echoes a New Year's Eve vibe without being over the top.

7. Tropical Wedding Invitations

You might associate a tropical wedding theme with the summer season, but you can use a black and gold color palette to transform it for the winter months. Tropical leaves and geometric borders create a 1920s-inspired design when paired together.

New Year's Eve Wedding Attire

8. Glittery Wedding Accessories

When it comes to your New Year's Eve wedding accessories, it's all about the sparkle—like these heeled sandals accented with miniature disco balls.

9. Patterned Wedding Day Outfits

Have fun with your NYE attire by rocking a bold, unexpected pattern. (Pro tip: Look for prints that use colors inspired by the holiday, such as black and gold.)

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10. Black and White Wedding Outfits

Turn your party into a black-tie bash by rocking black and white wedding outfits with your partner. You'll look oh-so stylish against sparkly decor.

11. Beaded Wedding Clutch

Stow your wedding day essentials (like lipstick, tissues and mints) in a metallic beaded clutch.

12. Sequin Wedding Party Outfits

Add some extra shine to your nuptials by asking your bridesmaids or wedding party to wear sequined outfits. They'll sparkle from the ceremony aisle to the dance floor.

13. Golden Wedding Headpiece

Swap out a conventional wedding hair accessory for something that really makes a statement. A golden sunburst-style crown is totally on-theme for New Year's Eve.

14. Feather Wedding Dress

Nothing says party time quite like a wedding dress covered in feathers. If you're not rocking a feathered gown for the ceremony, you can always change into one when it's time to hit the dance floor.

15. Gold Wedding Brooch

groom wearing navy blue tuxedo with gold flower brooch on lapel
Robyn Van Dyke Photography

Have your florist design a boutonniere with gold-painted flowers, or swap out fresh flowers altogether in favor of a gold bedazzled brooch.

16. Sparkly Wedding Hairpiece

If you don't want to wear a sparkly outfit, consider rocking a glittery wedding hair accessory instead, such as a barrette, comb or tiara.

17. Glitter Wedding Manicure

Celebrate in style—all the way down to your fingertips—by choosing a sparkly, colorful wedding manicure for the occasion.

18. Weding Jumpsuit for the Reception

Your wedding reception is the perfect excuse to change into a bridal jumpsuit or wedding pantsuit. Plus, it makes for a super stylish exit photo op.

New Year's Eve Wedding Decorations

19. Disco Ball Ceiling Decor

new years eve wedding ideas disco ball reception
Catherine Ann Photography

Hang an assortment of disco balls from the ceiling above the dance floor to get your guests in the partying spirit. They'll add plenty of sparkle when the lights go down.

20. "Happy New Year" Wedding Backdrop

This simple banner is an easy New Year's Eve wedding idea to pull off. Hang it above a venue entrance, above your head table or use it as a photo backdrop for your guests.

21. String Light Wedding Ceremony Backdrop

With the sun setting so early in the winter, creative lighting ideas are key. Set the tone for your ceremony by adding sparkling lighting fixures to the ceiling and framing an arch with twinkling fairy lights.

22. New Year's Eve Wedding Ceremony Program

art deco themed ceremony sign that says music starts, we get married, everyone parties
Alicia Pyne Photography

If you're keeping your ceremony short and sweet, this accompanying sign gets straight to the point.

23. Twinkle Light Wedding Reception Canopy

Bring the magic of New Year's Eve to your wedding reception by dining underneath a canopy of twinkle lights.

24. Great Gatsby-Inspired Wedding Sign

framed sign with leonardio dicaprio great gatsby meme that says a little party never killed nobody, drink champagne
Robyn Van Dyke Photography

Encourage your guests to kickstart the party with this message from Jay Gatsby himself. Display the sign at your cocktail bar for a 'gram-worthy moment.

25. Champagne Wedding Escort Cards

Glasses of champagne are a must-have New Year's Eve wedding idea. Put a creative spin on the cocktail by using each flute as an escort card so your guests can sip while they find their seats.

26. Noisemaker Wedding Escort Cards

We love this unique spin on a wedding escort wall. Offer your guests a celebratory noisemaker that also includes their table assigment.

27. New Year's Eve-Themed Wedding Place Setting

If you're not handing out noisemakers as escort cards, consider using them as wedding place cards instead. Gold glitter noisemakers add a festive touch to place settings and menu cards (like this one designed to look like a clock striking midnight).

28. Champagne Skirt

We love this creative take on an NYE champagne tower. Hire a performance artist to serve drinks from a champagne hoop skirt—it's something your guests won't be able to stop talking about, even after the party ends.

29. New Year's Eve Wedding Entertainment

Pull inspiration from the famous New York City NYE party by planning your own unforgettable bash. Enlist a dance troupe or other pro performers to entertain your guests during the reception.

30. NYE Wedding Fireworks Display

bride and groom outside watching fireworks
Sara Richardson Photography

What's a wedding on New Year's Eve without fireworks? If your venue allows it, end the night with a fireworks show to surprise your guests and finish on a high note.

New Year's Eve Wedding Centerpieces

31. Glamorous White Wedding Centerpiece

White phalaenopsis orchids look especially glamorous when you showcase them atop a tall gold stand.

32. Feather Plume Wedding Centerpiece

round wedding table decorated with gold sequin tablecloth and tall centerpiece of white feathers
Alicia Pyne Photography

Feather plumes are a fun addition or alternative to classic floral wedding centerpieces. White feathers are always chic, but you can find them in almost any color to match the rest of your decor.

33. Low Wedding Centerpieces with Orchids

Perfect for cocktail tables or more casual New Year's Eve wedding decor, these simple orchid centerpieces leave the focus on the patterned table linens.

34. Gold Candelabra Wedding Centerpiece

If you're going for an elegant New Year's Eve wedding theme, incorporate timeless gold candelabras into your centerpieces. They look beautiful with or without flames.

35. Modern New Year's Eve Wedding Centerpiece

This towering New Year's Eve wedding centerpiece is like an optical illusion. Floating candles and flowers on chicken wire add just enough pizzazz to the design, while the rest of the table decor is kept to a. minimum.

36. Feathers and Hydrangeas Wedding Centerpiece

small NYE wedding centerpiece with white hydrangeas, roses and feathers in a low gold vase
Mark Davidson Photography
Blossom's Florist

This simple NYE wedding idea is perfect if you want centerpieces that are slightly festive but not overly themed. Use feathers to top off classic arrangements of hydrangeas and roses.

37. Low Wedding Centerpiece with Candles

Incorporate pillar candles and votives into your centerpieces to enjoy dinner by candlelight.

38. Tall Orchid and Hydrangea Wedding Centerpeice

The fluted glass vase, gold tablecloth and mercury glass votives bring a bit of shimmer to this New Year's Eve centerpiece.

39. Long Banquet Table with Black Candelabras

long wedding reception table with white textured tablecloth and black candelabras with white taper candles
Jayd Gardina Photography

Black candelabras are dramatic and statement-making, especially when they're grouped together atop a long banquet table. Add black water goblets and plates to tie in the color scheme.

New Year's Eve Wedding Cake Ideas

40. Disco Ball Wedding Cake

Here's a fun and festive New Year's Eve wedding idea: Ask your cake baker to design the cake in the shape of disco balls (or use mini disco balls as a unique cake topper).

41. Three-Tier White and Gold Wedding Cake

Go for a glamorous look with cake decorating techniques and details like metallic fondant, dragées and scalloped piping.

42. 1920s-Inspired Wedding Cake

No flowers needed for this cake—the Art Deco-style accents are a perfect match for the square tiers.

43. Black, White and Gold Wedding Cake

Incorporate all of the classic New Year's Eve colors into your wedding cake by decorating it with ribbons, beading and fresh flowers.

44. Tuxedo Wedding Cake Pops

These adorable tuxedo-inspired cake pops can be served in addition to or in lieu of a traditional wedding cake.

45. Ombré Gold Wedding Cake

You'll love this moody ombré design if you're looking for modern New Year's Eve wedding cake ideas.

46. Art Deco Wedding Cake

We can guarantee that your guests have never seen something like this. Turn your wedding cake into a total work of art by displaying it on top of a chandelier or other hanging platform.

47. Croquembouche Wedding Cake

This classic French dessert is made of pastry puffs and caramel sauce. It's decadent in its own right, but you can wrap it in cotton candy to take the design to the next level.

48. Wedding Cupcakes with Gold Glitter Hearts

vanilla cupcakes with gold glitter heart-shaped toothpicks on gold sequin tablecloth
Blair Gable Photography

If you prefer the simplicity of cupcakes, top them off with cute heart-shaped toothpicks decorated with gold glitter (don't forget the sequined tablecloth).

49. Geometric Wedding Cake

Round wedding cakes are popular, but square cakes are great for achieving a contemporary look. Switch up the colors of these triangular accents to match your color palette.

50. Simple New Year's Eve Wedding Cake

You don't need to go above and beyond with your New Year's Eve wedding cake. For smaller groups, a simple one-tier cake and decorative cake topper will do.

New Year's Eve Wedding Favors

51. Miniature Glitter Champagne Bottles

Keep the good times going even after your party ends by sending guests home with mini bottles of bubbly.

52. New Year's Eve Hats and Noisemakers

As midnight approaches, gather your guests on the dance floor and bring out New Year's Eve hats, noisemakers and beads. Bonus: They're perfect props for a photo booth.

53. Stemless Champagne Flutes

These stemless champagne flutes double as escort cards and New Year's Eve wedding favors.

54. Custom Glass Decanters

Etched glass decanters are a thoughtful idea if you're shopping for wedding party gifts or in the market for luxury wedding favor ideas.

55. Confetti Poppers

While many couples save the confetti toss for an epic wedding reception exit shot, you can also hand out confetti poppers as favors in preparation for midnight.

56. Wedding Cigar Bar

Ring in the new year with celebratory cigars (even better if you personalize them with custom stickers).

57. Personalized Matchbooks

Whether they're on their own or displayed at a cigar bar, matchbooks always come in handy—and there are so many cute ways you can customize them based on your style.

58. Tuxedo Chocolate Bars

Chocolate lovers will appreciate the extra attention to detail when you add decorative wrappers, like these tuxedo-inspired bars.

59. Take-Home Popcorn Station

Send your snack-happy guests home with boxes of popcorn to munch.

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