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ILLUSTRATION

Choosing your wedding date is at the very top of the wedding to-do list. The date of your wedding helps make decisions about other wedding-related choices that have to be made — including venue, dress and decor.

Getting married on New Year’s Eve has several great advantages: Pairing your wedding with a major holiday means most people already have time off work, will be available to travel and are in the mood for a celebration.

Best of all, you can begin a new year as husband and wife. Here are a few things to consider before booking your date.

Holiday etiquette

Choosing a holiday — any holiday — for your wedding, might seem perfect for you, but a lot of people plan vacations around holidays. Make sure you send save-the-dates out as early as possible. Be prepared for some unlikely declines.

Even if you have your fair share of people responding “no,” you should prepare a proper fete for those guests who come. Guests attending a New Year’s Eve affair will most likely expect an exciting reception.

Great excuse 
to go glam

Champagne is practically mandatory at both wedding and New Year’s celebrations, and the holiday also is a great excuse to go wild with confetti and party poppers.

Embrace a glitzy theme and go black, white and gold with your colors. Make sure everything sparkles — including the bridesmaids dresses.

Special details

Hosting your wedding on an evening when people are used to staying up past midnight offers the perfect excuse to dress up wedding details to make them extra special.

Think mini-bottles of champagne with your wedding date printed on the label for a splurge of a party favor. You also can fill the envelopes with gold confetti. When it comes to the big day, end the night with a proper send off.

If you are hosting your wedding in a major metropolis, you might be lucky enough to be near a free midnight fireworks show. Or consider a sparkler send-off — they aren’t just for summer brides.

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