A New Year's Eve wedding can put a lot of pressure on a bride and groom. If you're asking people to forgo other New Year's plans in order to celebrate with you, you better make it worth their while. We think that with the help of GigMasters' band, Whoz Playing, this bride and groom did just that! We'll let the bride, Jennifer, tell you all about it, with help from her photographer from Molly Marie Photography.

The 5pm ceremony was held at the church across the street from our house.  The church was already beautifully decorated for the holidays, so there was literally NO work for us to do there, which was great! (Editor's Note: and a great money saver)

bride and groom in snow

red and gold church decorated for wedding

christmas tree and bride and groom

We tried to embrace both winter and New Year's throughout the event.  Since it was dark after the ceremony, we had a sparkler send off from the church, with personalized match books.  Then straight to the reception hall for cocktail hour and dinner.  There were already a few decorated Christmas trees in the reception hall, and we decorated the rest with a winter/woodsy theme using items we'd gathered up during the fall (we spent WAY too many hours in the woods collecting acorns, pine cones, logs, twigs).  But it was definitely worth it in the end, we received so many compliments about how classy it looked!  We also had favor boxes with little homemade acorn shaped cookies at each place setting.

wood inspired winter wedding decorations

live band plays for bride and groom's first dance

We hired our wedding band (Whoz Playing) through GigMasters. Having live music made it feel like a grand event, definitely a must-have for a New Year's Eve wedding!  They even let my brother sit in and play the drums with them for a couple songs.  The band played during cocktail hour, then kept everyone dancing and partying until midnight, and then they led us in a countdown, played Aud Lang Syne, we had a balloon drop with hats and noisemakers... it was so awesome!  Everyone was popping balloons and it sounded like fireworks were going off in the reception hall.

wedding balloon drop

new year's eve kiss

Are you considering a New Year's Eve wedding? Have you ever attended one? Share your thoughts in the comments.