BRIDES Southern California: How to Throw an Unforgettable New Year's Eve Wedding in L.A.

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How to Plan a New Year's Eve Wedding in Los Angeles

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A New Year's Eve bride is a special type — one that loves excitement, celebration, and of course, champagne! So, what better way to ring in the New Year than with a New Year's Eve wedding in the exciting city of Los Angeles? It can be the perfect way to end the year and start your life together in newlywed bliss. However, if you're going to commit to the 31st as your wedding date, you need to make sure you set the celebratory tone of the wedding event at the beginning. Here are some tips from LA wedding expert and event planner, Cristina Burns, for throwing an unforgettable New Year's Eve wedding in Los Angeles!

Save the Dates
The save the dates for a New Year's Eve wedding should embrace the holiday aspect of the wedding. Get your guests excited! You don't want them to think, "Ugh, I have to go to a wedding on New Year's Eve." Instead, they need to say, ''Let's Celebrate!'' after they receive them. Save the dates for an NYE wedding can be elegant, but a great option is to incorporate metallics and champagne for the colors and design. Send them out as soon as you have your date secured; it doesn't matter if the wedding is a year away, guests will need to plan accordingly and make travel arrangements.
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Because of the midnight celebration, your wedding will need to start later than a traditional start time, so consider having your ceremony begin later in the evening at around 7pm. A later dinner ceremony and reception is crucial on NYE because it gives your guests a good amount of time to battle Los Angeles traffic (and still get to the wedding on time!). If your venue allows it, end your reception at least an hour past the midnight toast. Most LA wedding venues and hotels will be okay with the later end time because of the holiday, but make sure to double check before booking. Find L.A. Venues to Host Your New Year's Eve Bash Here!

Be sure to secure a room block right away for your guests. 75 percent of your guests will stay the night and because it is LA, hotel rooms will book fast! You can be sure that many hotels will have other NYE-celebrators making reservations, so it's important to make this a top priority on your to-do list.

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If you choose a venue that is not at the hotel where the room block is located, it is essential to arrange transportation for your guests from the wedding site to the hotel. A New Year's Eve wedding should be a fun night for everyone involved (with lots of champagne), and there is no reason to end the evening with unsafe driving. Encourage your guests to use the transportation so all are safe and sound at the end of the night! Find Los Angeles Wedding Transportation Options Here!

You've already set the tone with your save the dates, so be sure to carry that theme throughout the planning process with wedding invitations, stationery, flowers, and linens. Since it's a celebratory night, it's perfectly acceptable to embrace flashy accents in an elegant, formal, and fun (non-tacky!) way. While going all-out metallic may be a bit too extreme, incorporating silvers, golds, and other eye-catching color palette accents are fun ways to add to the party vibe. Charger plates, centerpieces, and a metallic balloon and confetti drop at midnight are great options to spice things up a bit. Find Fantastic L.A. Favor Vendors Here!

Midnight Toast
Every New Year's Eve wedding needs to have a midnight celebration! Coordinate a countdown with your band or DJ prior to your wedding, since the MC will play an important role in pumping up your guests and getting everyone excited for the countdown. In addition to a countdown, plan something special that will surprise your guests. Balloon drops are fun, sparklers are always exciting, and who can say no to New Year's hats and glasses!

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