Ringing in the New Year (With Rings)

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When Douglas Parr proposed to Nadine Christensen a year ago, the two knew almost immediately that they would get married in their home in Brisbane, Australia and that they would get married on New Year’s Eve 2019.

The end of the year and the start of the new one marks the end of what has been the most challenging decade for them and the start of something new. In 2011, Mr. Parr was struck by a car in a hit-and-run and his rehabilitation became a “full-time effort for both of us,” Ms. Christensen said.

Over the next seven years, Mr. Parr would relearn to walk, drive, and do many of the things that came naturally to him before the accident, all with Ms. Christensen by his side. In the last 12 to 18 months, their lives have begun to normalize, the couple said in a phone interview.

“The start of the new decade is a transformative moment for us,” Mr. Parr said. “We finally have a moment of moving forward and everyone we love will be around us as we enter this time.”

For many couples, ringing in the new year with family and friends after just getting married marks the start of a new chapter. For others it’s convenient because family members are already in town and can save people the cost of traveling for a wedding on another date.

“In the last few years, New Year’s Eve weddings have become popular, even if they are on a weekday,” Jeanne Eid, a wedding planner in Windsor, Ontario said. “Everyone would like to go out and dress up and a wedding is fun for guests to come in and celebrate and drink and celebrate the couple and the new year at the same time.”

This year, Ms. Eid’s assistant is getting married on New Year’s Eve and Ms. Eid is running point during the event.

Dan Scott, the venue manager at the Panama Dining Room, a popular wedding space in Melbourne, Australia, said that in the last two years there has been “huge demand” for weddings on New Ye

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