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How to get a head start on your wedding planning

22 Jan 2018

Research has shown that, due to festive engagements, wedding planning is at its highest in January

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To understand the dynamics behind wedding proposals and planning, Festive Lights ran a survey of 1,009 people in the UK. Its research has revealed that the majority of proposals happen around Christmas, with 33% of people stating they had got engaged around Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve/Day. The festive period was more than twice as popular as Valentine’s Day. As a result, January sees a spike in couples beginning to plan their weddings.

Stephen Alty, general manager at Festive Lights, commented: “Many couples don’t realise the extent of the planning that goes into organising their wedding until they get engaged. They have plans of grandeur based on photos they’ve seen on popular image-based social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram. It’s only when they begin their research that they start to understand how much needs to be done.”

In response to the results of the survey, Festive Lights has shared its top tips on how to get a head start on your wedding.

Book early


The more you do at the beginning, the less stressful it will be as you reach the last few months’ approach. Securing the venue, photographer and florist are the 3 main things you need to get checked off your list. Then you can move on to the finer details.

Lock down a theme


Create a wedding plan and choose a general idea of the theme and atmosphere you want to have when you have booked your venue. After this, you can start to gather materials towards that theme as early as possible.

Use lighting to your advantage


When lighting is done correctly, it can create an atmosphere all on its own without the need for other expensive decorations. As day moves into night, you can transform a room, marquee or tipi into a totally different environment with lighting. In summer, create exquisite outdoor party areas to make the most of long summer nights, and in winter, create cosy vibes inside that keep guests feeling warm.

Festoon Lighting


Ideal for every venue, festoon lighting can be used indoors and outdoors to brighten, enhance features and create a slightly retro or rustic ambience. The beauty of festoon lighting is that it is completely flexible and can fit any style of décor.

Wrap them around trees and bushes, use them to line pathways and entrances; string them around the interior of a marquee. However you choose to use festoon lighting, it’s a budget friendly way to illuminate and decorate.

Fairy Lights


For a romantic atmosphere like no other, Festive Lights recommends using fairy lights. Not only can these be strung around the venue to decorate, they can also be used more creatively too:

  • Use fairy lights as a centrepiece by gathering them in a glass vase.
  • Drape them amongst your greenery.
  • Create a fairy light canopy within a marquee, or under stars for an outdoor celebration.
  • Highlight your seating plan with a frame of fairy lights.



The lighting details are how you really nail down the ambience of your wedding. These additional features will make sure your celebration really stands out from the rest:

  • Make a statement with LED circus letters of your initials on your top table - these can be purchased or even DIYed using fairy lights.
  • Candles flickering as centrepieces on your table will help guests feel relaxed and will enhance the romantic atmosphere. Make sure to check with your venue about having open flames, but LED battery operated candles will have the same effect with more peace of mind.
  • Twig lighting can be an effective way to add more detail whilst still keeping the look natural and pretty.

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