Ringing in the New Year with Your Wedding

If you are planning to start the new year off at your wedding, here are some great tips and ideas to create a memorable night.

Plan early. If you have a venue or caterer in mind, book them as quickly as possible. Not only are most vendors busy with weddings, they may also be planning other functions for the holiday.

While it is customary to send save the date cards four months before your wedding, plan to send them eight months prior instead. This is a popular time of year for festivities and plans, so you want to let your guests hold the date in advance.

Plenty of Bubbly. Everyone will be excited to celebrate at midnight so stock the bar with plenty of champagne. After you allow time to toast the bride and groom, chill more bottles for the countdown. This celebration will keep your guests partying longer and excited to ring in the new year with romance.

Dance the night away. Most weddings are filled with smiles, laughter, and love. Let your New Year’s Eve celebration take the party to another level.  This is an evening where many guests will arrive in a happy spirit and ready to have a good time. It’s a great night to turn the music up a little and get rowdy for hours on the dance floor.

Decorate and honor the holiday. Remember that you are sharing your wedding night with a major holiday. Do not feel blue if ringing in the New Year shares the same amount of joy through the evening. Celebrate both by decorating, tying in festive music, and hosting a memorable countdown celebration.

Cocktail and Appetizer Ideas for Your Reception

Now that you have officially tied the knot, it is time to party!  We have researched the best appetizer and cocktail ideas that are sure to make your wedding reception a festivity to remember.

Cocktail Ideas

First things first.  Once your guests make their way to your reception, one of the primary places they will seek out is the bar.  Let your beverage selections speak romance too!

  1. Spruce Up the Champagne

    Champagne is the signature beverage of celebration and there are many ways to mix it up.  Consider a Mimosa Bar and let your guests choose how they want their champagne blended.

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  2. Frozen Cocktail Treats

    If you are having a summer wedding, you will be happy to know that the new cocktail trend is certain to cool things down!  Frozen cocktails are becoming a hit for many brides.  They can blend a variety of flavors and look quite fancy!

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  3. Drink Your Dessert

    After the cake is cut and your guests are ready to indulge their sweet tooth, include a dessert cocktail for them to enjoy as well!  Consider adding Chocolate Martinis, White Russians, or Mudslides to your dessert bar. These options are sweet and refreshing.

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Appetizer Ideas

Now that your guests have their cocktail in hand, it is time to give them a snack while you and the groom are smiling for the camera and they are waiting for the main dish.

  1. Include the Salad

    For those health-conscious guests who always eat their five servings of vegetables a day, appetizer salads are quite a hit!  Not all wedding entrees include a salad selection, so this is a creative way to include those extra greens.

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  2. Roll It Up

    Finger sandwiches are simple to prepare and serve.  These tasty appetizers can also be prepared in advance, making your food prep less stressful.  Roll up sandwiches are also easy for your guests to grab while they mingle before you and the groom make your first appearance.

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  3. Chips and Salsa

    Chips and Salsa are always a pre-dinner favorite and can easily be easily incorporated into your appetizer selection.  Choose a variety of salsa flavors and be sure to provide plenty of chips!

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The cocktail hour of your reception is a wonderful time to get creative and celebrate your favorite snack foods.  Have fun with your choices and give your guests the opportunity to indulge with you!