33% of people are engaged at Christmas – start planning now!

Christmas is a time for merriment, festivities and fun, so it’s no surprise that research has revealed that it’s the most popular time of the year to get engaged.

Online lighting company, Festive Lights, ran a survey of 1009 people in the UK, asking them when they got engaged. 33% of these responded that the proposal had happened on or around Christmas. This far surpassed Valentine’s Day when only 15% of couples reported that they’d got engaged. Due to the spike in loved up couples booking up dates, venues, caterers and more, January sees a huge spike in enquiries for wedding companies. As a result, Festive Lights have provided some tips on how you can get ahead of the game in planning your wedding in early 2018.

Hanging LED Festoon Lights in Marquee at Wedding

Book early

Securing a date with a venue, preferred caterers and a photographer are highly recommended early on before moving on to the smaller details.


Getting a theme decided will encourage the rest of the planning to fall into place more easily. This way, you can pick things up over time instead of having to panic purchase at last minute.

String LED Lights across table at wedding


Lighting can make all the difference to the ambience and atmosphere of your wedding, both the ceremony and the reception. When day moves into night, you can transform your venue from light and airy to warm and cosy. There are many different types of lighting that are recommended for wedding venues, including:

Festoon lighting – these vintage inspired strings of light can give your venue a much-needed boost of light while still retaining a retro and rustic feel.

Fairy lights – these are the most flexible and versatile options for detail lighting in a wedding venue, creating a romantic atmosphere. Try a more creative option such as draping them amongst greenery, gathering them in a glass case or bottle for centrepieces, highlighting seating plans or photographs, or even creating a fairy light canopy within a marquee or under the starts for an outdoor celebration.

LEDs – LED lighting doesn’t just have to be for the home, in fact, they can be used to create stunning details for a wedding. For example, make a statement with LED circus letters in your initials on the top table or use flicking LED battery operated candles on the tables to enhance the atmosphere while still being safe and approved for many more venues.