new year's eve wedding

New Year’s Eve Wedding

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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We have had many couples over the years requesting our services for the New Year’s Eve Wedding Celebration they are planning. A lot of people think they want to get married on New Year’s Eve but fail to realize that vendors/venues can be double the rate on this holiday. Although you will not have to compete with other couples wanting to wed on the same day, you may have to compete with your guests having other plans to bring in their New Year.

DJ

Most DJs are going to charge more for this day because quite frankly, they are not at a loss for work on this day. If you are looking for additional lighting, a photo booth or monogram try to negotiate those services into your final cost to help negate the added holiday rate.

Labor

When you begin budgeting for your New Year’s Eve wedding, be sure to pay close attention to staffing and labor costs. Once the clock strikes midnight your rates could double or you will at least have to pay “time and a half” for your staff. Just keep in mind that you are taking your staff away from their family and friends on a holiday to accommodate your wedding, which is never a problem, but they have to be compensated appropriately for their time. You simply cannot expect to pay them the same rate as if you were paying for Saturday date in August. Try negotiating a flat rate instead of an hourly rate if the venue/vendor does not choose to absorb the added labor costs that go with caterers/laborers. Some venues staff via a union and any union rates cannot be avoided. If that is the case, do not even waste your time going back and forth with them on this idea.

Venue

Depending on what day of the week New Year’s Eve falls on you may be able to get away from an added holiday fee. If New Year’s Eve falls during the week instead of a holiday surcharge you may be able to get away with having your weekday wedding for the cost of a weekend wedding. Yes, still more than you may have expected, but not so outrageous due to the holiday.

Photography/Videography

This can get tricky because you want your formals taken before it gets dark, but you also want to be sure your photographers are there to capture the excitement of bringing in the New Year surrounded by your loved ones. You may not have to pay an added surcharge due to the holiday, but you may still incur additional fees just for the fact that your photography will have a longer day than a usual wedding day.

There are several ways to make your wedding fun and exciting without doubling the cost. This Wedding Tip is not being shared because we want to deter you from planning the wedding of your dreams. We just want to help ease the “sticker shock” for those couples that do not realize the price differences for holidays. Ideally, if funds are already tight when you are planning your wedding celebration, then this may not be the date you want to book because additional costs can come from any direction!

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Don’t Let Your Wedding be “Training Day”

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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As you prepare to book vendors for your upcoming big day be sure that you are delegating tasks to the proper people. You may be considering some DIY projects for your centerpieces or bouquets, but would you consider using the DIY method on some of the most important parts of your wedding? While most of you would say no, that is exactly what you are doing if you choose to have a hobbyist be the main entertainer, photographer, or videographer at your wedding. A hobbyist is just that, someone that has a 9-5 job and is only concerned with your event after they have worked their 40 hours. Your event may not be a priority for this person because, realistically, this is not their main source of income.

We cannot stress enough that you DO NOT want to relay on anything less than a professional for things like your DJ, photos and video! These are some of the most memorable aspects of every wedding day. Would it be worth it to save a few hundred dollars on your DJ, but have no one dancing during the evening or even worse, he plays the wrong song for your first dance?! Unmet expectations, aggravation and frustration. This is what you get when you hire a hobbyist. Yes, they come at a lower price, but as the old adage goes, “you get what you pay for”. Do they offer a back up plan? Liability insurance? A contract? Ideally, this person is still a student. They probably have not done enough events or gone through any professional training to master their skill and guide you through your wedding day with ease and comfort. Who wants the student to run the show when the teacher is better! We aren’t saying that you shouldn’t find ways to save money during wedding planning. Just be mindful of where you cut corners because it could cost you more in the end if your vendor is a no show or does a poor job.