Well it maybe cold outside but that does not stop wedding planning. Did you know that during January and February there are more wedding plans made than any other months of the year? That because 33% of engagements happen over the Christmas period, according to Festive Lights who ran a survey of 1,009 people in the UK. So couples are excited to get planning.
Last Christmas my brother-in-law finally got down on one knee after 9 years together, and proposed. It’s really exciting to have a wedding to look forward to. My Hubby is one of 7 children and so far only him and his elder step-sister are married, so as a family there could be another 5 more weddings to look forward to. The first one later this year and then another one next year. Then we will be 4 down 3 to go… fingers crossed as I love Weddings.
The couple that got engaged at Christmas are getting married in 2019. They have decided to have a strong christmasy theme. It’s their favourite time of year, snow, lights, warm cosy fires, presents, Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, blankets, mince pies, crackers and mulled wine, plus it’s when they got engaged and they first met during December. So December is a special time of year for them.
They have both spoken with me about the ideas for their wedding and one thing that really stood out was lighting. As they are planning on a December wedding, it’s going to start getting dark late afternoon, so having those extra lights will add that magical feel to their wedding.
Starting the planning
When you first start to think about your wedding, you really need to think about your budget and stick to it. It’s very easy to start wanting lots of extras, but they all add up and your budget will soon be gone. Go and view venues, I would highly recommend viewing a few different ones to see what they all have to offer as each venue has something different. When you have found the one, you can get the it booked by putting down a deposit so you have a date, which means you can send out save the date cards to family and friends. It also means that you are able to confirm photographers, bands, caters, cars…….. the list is endless.
Each wedding normally has a theme and colour scheme, it could be a vintage feel, hollywood glamour, a colour theme or even a disney theme. Whatever you decide for your theme and colours it will allow you to start planning and buying all of those little extra that help to complete the wedding.
For my brother-in-law and his soon to be bride, we have spoken about adding lighting to the tables. They are planning for hundreds of twinkling lights around the venue, in the trees on the drive up to the hotel, not forgetting in the extra Christmas trees they are going to be bringing in for the day.
I feel that adding twinkle lights or fairy lights to your table centres, adds that romantic atmosphere to the feel of your wedding. For a winter wedding it also brings it from day to night easily and will look amazing in the photographs.
Having lights as part of your wedding can really transform your venue into something quite spectacular, it can give your wedding that wow factor without being over the top and extravagant and doesn’t have to be budget blowing either.
When I think about winter weddings, I think candles, lots and lots of candles. I then think children’s fingers and wax getting onto the brides dress. But by having a few well placed candles and then beautiful lighting it will bring that cosy warm winter feeling to your wedding, without the worries that go along with candles. Plus some venues might not be happy having lots of candles.
What are your thoughts about having lighting at your wedding? Bride Magazine have a lots of great ideas for wedding lighting, pop over to have a look.
*Thank you Festive Lights for supplying my with these gorgeous images.*