Halloween is the perfect excuse to throw a wedding and funeral at the same time. Well, maybe not a funeral per se, but the distinct look of one.
If you’re saving the big date for October, then you’re in luck. This is your chance to vow ‘till death do you part in more ways than one.
Halloween Wedding ceremony
Hold the affair in an elegant period structure, such as a Gothic manor or abandoned abbey. If you and your guests are not the scaredy cat types, pull out all the stops and choose a haunted location. Either way, make the venue aglow with plenty of candles.
If you’re opting for an outdoor function, go for a woodland setting. Line the aisle with jack-o-lanterns engraved with romantic messages. String orange berry lights along adjacent trees and bushes.
Make sure the music is in sync with the occasion. Have your wedding band play spooky love songs for your processional and recessional. At the wedding party, request the band to play such tried-and-tested Halloween bangers like “Monster Mash” or “Ghostbusters.”
Set the tone early on. Request the presence of guests with spooky invitation cards, perhaps in the shape of bats, skeletons or pumpkins. You may also craft them to resemble séance boards. Use papyrus or aged paper for them as well as the guestbook.
“Till death do us part” will take on a new meaning at a Halloween wedding. Seal your rings in a coffin-shaped box instead of a cookie-cutter ring holder.
This is the kind of nuptials where you can get away with a black wedding dress. If Avril Lavigne could do it, so can you. A black tulle wedding dress paired with a birdcage veil would look remarkably ravishing. Orange and red wedding dresses are also doable. You can go subtler and slip on a white wedding dress, but with an orange sash or black satin pumps to represent Halloween. Or you may go full Victorian, wearing an antique dress with matching old jewellery. The bridal party may be clad in black, if only to make the bride’s white wedding dress stand out.
Black roses seem like the most obvious choices for a bouquet, but you can still hint at life in it by choosing those with stems of deep purple. If you don’t like the thought of carrying dead flowers, gather orange ranunculus or tiger lilies instead. Bridesmaids may carry ivy-laced or flower-filled lanterns instead of bouquets.
Orange ties for the groom and his men are in keeping with the season. Socks of orange-and-black stripes will also be very Halloween-y indeed.
If you want to go over-the-top, you can have the whole entourage dress up as decomposing characters straight out of The Walking Dead.
For the wedding reception, you may ask guests to change into their Halloween costumes. Or throw a chic masquerade ball instead.
You can remind guests it’s a Halloween wedding without going overboard. Have pumpkins or pomegranates serve as place cards. Cobwebbed branches bedizened with black butterflies or feathers can be your centrepieces. Vintage candelabras holding black votives will also help generate ambient spooks. Also festoon the tables with deep red calla lilies and autumnal blooms. All in all, Halloween will justify you going for a sable-dominated colour scheme to setting tables.
Food and drinks
All Hallows’ Eve has always been about the sweets, so set up a candy bar. You can also set up a buffet table for guests to make their own caramel apples.
Get creative with your wedding cake. Go for cake toppers that depict famous spooky couples, like the Corpse Bride and Victor, Sally and Jack from the Nightmare Before Christmas, or Frankenstein and his bride.
To pull off a Halloween wedding, you have to be in the right frame of mind. If you’re truly an alternative couple not afraid to subvert tradition, then a Halloween theme is for you. But if you’re a play-it-safe type afraid to buck anything, there’s no harm in being a traditional June bride instead.