Glitter & Gold: 23 Essentials for a Glam New Year’s Eve Wedding

New Year’s Eve is the most celebratory night of the year, so it’s no surprise that many couples choose to swap vows on the occasion. Plus, your friends will no doubt thank you for giving them a party invite they actually want to accept.

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Take advantage of the night’s already-festive atmosphere and go glam with gold, glittery details (and plenty of bubbly, of course). Here are 23 essentials for a gorgeous and glam New Year’s Eve wedding you’ll never forget.


A Festive Boutonniere

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For a New Year’s Eve wedding, swap out traditional buds for a festive, miniature noisemaker. (Just make sure he doesn’t put it to use until after the ceremony.)


Pretty Place Card Holders

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These tiny, shiny name card holders are reminiscent of the world-famous version that drops every year in Times Square.


Clocks to WatchGlitter & Gold: 23 Essentials for a Glam New Year's Eve Wedding | Weddings Illustrated

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Help your guests keep an eye on the time—and get ready for that countdown—with a smattering of antique clocks in varying styles. We’re partial to these vintage versions but love a chic, minimalist clock centerpiece, too.


A Sparkly Party Dress

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If you’ll be donning a traditional dress for the ceremony, slip into a slinky, sparkly number for the reception and after-party (because on New Year’s Eve, there’s bound to be one).


New Year Balloons

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Letter and number balloons are classics when it comes to weddings, and with good reason. Add some shiny tassles and tinsel for extra New Year’s cheer. We also love this playful prop.


Party-Ready Place Settings

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Black, dotted table cloth? Check. Glittery place mat? Check. Gold-tone flatware? Check. Bubbly, gold-rimmed china, fancy black-and-gold name cards, and sparkle-covered noise maker? Check, check, check, and check. Simply put, this is our dream New Year’s Eve wedding place setting.


Sparkly Shoes

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Dial up the fun factor of your wedding shoes with a heavy dose of gold glitter. That they’re otherwise basic (no embellishments or other colors) means you’ll be able to wear them on countless dance floors for years to come.


Resolution Table Numbers

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Share some worthwhile resolutions with your guests, and give them something to chat about—their own New Year objectives—as soon as they find their seat.


Grab-and-Go Noisemakers

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There’s bound to be a lot of dancing, dashing around, and mingling among your guests on a night as festive as New Year’s Eve. Make it easy for them to get noisy come midnight by placing jumbo jars of horns around your reception site.


Take-Home Champagne

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If you’re up for a fun DIY project, coat miniature bottles of bubbly in gold glitter for a take-home favor that’s almost too cute to open—they’ll make a perfect single serving of mimosas at your day-after brunch. (If you love the look, cover bigger bottles of bubbly in glitter, too, and place them on guests’ tables or at the bar.)


Golden Gown

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Play opposites with your bridesmaids by dolling them up in shimmery gowns. Or, rock one yourself and outfit your best girls in pretty cream or black dresses so you truly stand out.


Sparkler Salute

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When midnight strikes, join in the worldwide fireworks display with a supply of sparklers. Giggles and squeals are guaranteed.


 Goodbye Glitter Bombs

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For your final exit, have guests shower you with a storm of gold sparkles from these cute-as-a-button glitter bombs. Can’t wait ’til then? Midnight works just fine, too.


New Year’s Nails

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Is there ever a more appropriate occasion for digits dusted with glitter? We didn’t think so.


Gilded Utensils

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Add polish to a rustic New Year’s table with matte gold flatware. Feeling crafty? Stencil guests’ plates with chalkboard paint and delicate gold lettering for a truly luxe rustic affair. (For a more sparkly DIY flatware project, head over here.)


Karat Cake 

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Edible gold glitter sounds too good to be true, but it’s an all-too-appropriate (and tasty) component of a party-ready New Year’s Eve wedding cake.


Golden Delicious

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Bubbly’s a given at almost any wedding, and it’s especially essential on NYE. Make your flutes extra festive with pom-pom-topped swizzle sticks and gold, sugar-coated rims. Cheers!


Festive Favors

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To ensure each guest has what he or she needs to property ring in the New Year, assemble ready-to-use favors that include confetti, noise makers, and plenty of gold-wrapped Kisses to snack on come midnight.


Sweet Treats

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At the end of the night, send your guests home with an adorable sweet treat that they’ll savor—along with memories of a spectacular night—on the way home.

Happy New Year from Weddings Illustrated!

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