One of the first tasks that will sit big and bold on your wedding to-do list is choosing your wedding date. When you're eying the calendar, you may think about hosting your wedding on a major holiday, one that most people already have off work for and will be available to travel.
One popular holiday that many couples like to consider for their wedding is New Year's Eve, as there's an added moment of romance during the traditional and anticipated countdown to midnight (plus champs, obviously!). So if you're looking into snagging this as your wedding day, there are a few things to consider for both you and your wedding guests before you sign on the dotted line.
For couples set on going the NYE route, it's best to give your guests as much time as possible to plan their accommodations accordingly. This is usually a holiday where people make plans months in advance, so start early by getting this date reserved on their calendars with a save the date.
Since NYE and New Year's Day are usually a time where people often have their own set of holiday traditions and even long-standing plans, so you may get a handful of guests who decline coming to your wedding just due to the date. Expect to have a potentially slimmer guest list (which could be a major perk in the budget department).
One other thing to keep in mind is that since it is a holiday, wedding venues will upcharge you a lot to get married on that date, causing you to spend a lot of extra money to pay for your venue and your vendors.
In the end, picking New Year's Eve to get married may be tougher on you and your budget than your guests. If you want to go ahead with this date, just know that you may have some people who RSVP no because of the holiday and you may be doubling how much you'd usually spend on a wedding.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.