No one wants their wedding to be ho-hum. And though they may not be for everyone, spooky Halloween weddings are a surefire way to make sure yours stands out from the crowd. For couples who love the spooky, dark, gothic and macabre, a Halloween wedding is the perfect way to express their unique style, and create a celebration that is nothing like the usual fare.
To pull it off, here are some of our favorite ideas for the ultimate Hallo-wedding! Spooky couples, try these out for a ghoulish affair that your guests will never forget.
Pumpkins and Skulls. Lots of Pumpkins and Skulls
There are oh so many fun things you can do with pumpkins and (fake) skulls. Line the aisle with pumpkins for an Octobery touch, serve drinks in skull-themed glassware, have the groomsmen wear little skull cufflinks, use skull vases to hold black flower arrangements for centerpieces at the reception tables...we can't imagine a Halloween wedding without some pumpkin and skull action, and the possibilities are truly endless, limited only by your own imagination!
Black & Gray Wedding Dresses
Of course, the traditional wedding dress is white. But Halloween weddings are anything but traditional. For these spooky occasions, brides can look their best even in black or gray dresses and dramatic, almost ghostly bridal makeup. We love how dramatic these dresses look contrasted with the usual visuals of a classic white dress! After all, Halloween weddings are all about fun and dramatic aesthetics. Like Halloween itself, there's nothing wrong with a little shock value. Just make sure you have understanding in-laws!
Allow Costumed Guests
Nothing takes the pressure off such a momentous occasion like a loose dress code. By allowing guests to arrive in costume, they can have fun with their fashion in stead of worrying about things like looking good without upstaging the bride and groom, wearing non-seasonal colors, and other sartorial concerns. At the end of the day your wedding should be fun for both you and your guests, and it's hard not to have fun when you're playing pretend in a funky costume.
Of course, not everyone loves getting into costume. For guests who feel pressured that they have to come up with a great costume, or aren't big costume-wearers in general, offer a supply of simple masquerade-style masks they can put on that they can match with their typical wedding garb.
At a Halloween wedding, you have endless opportunities to get creative with the snacks and catering. Why have tiramisu when you can have black candied apples? Why have pasta bolognese when you can have "witch hair with blood sauce?" Why have a wedding cake when you can serve skeleton cupcakes, half-hanging out of oreo crumb "dirt" over the frosting? Have fun with it!
I Do After Dark
Weddings never happen after dark, but for Halloween-themed weddings, a nighttime affair is positively perfect. Moody, spooky, and basked in the orange glow of candle and torchlight, there's no more dramatic way to marry a spooky spouse than after the sun goes down.
Get creative with your color scheme! Go beyond pumpkin orange (though orange and other fall colors can still be fun to feature). Try silvers and grays, maroons and burgundy, even gold, pink, white and green! On the same decoration note, to make sure your affair is still elegant and not cheesy, don't use "teen Halloween party" stuff like orange crepe paper and cheap plastic decorations. You only get one wedding, so make it cheeky and fun without it being cheap, cheesy or low-quality!