(Closed) Carved Pumpkins?

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
2144 posts
Buzzing bee

umm, have you carved pumpkins before? Its pretty labor intenstive….or maybe I was just so unlucky that it was my problem. I think it took me over an hour to do one. How many do you want?

Have you thought about pumpkins but not carving them? What about painting them?


So jealous you are getting married in the fall! That was my dream. I love the colors! It will be so nice!



Post # 3
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think carved pumpkins smell unpleasant. I’d worry about that!

Post # 4
30393 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would definitely not plan to carve pumpkins the morning of the wedding, or even the day before. It takes longer than you think.

You can speed up the process by selecting designs that can be done with a drill.

There are lots of tutuorials online on how to make the cut edges stay fresh.

Post # 5
2597 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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lindsayE:  if you add a bit of cinnamon it will smell like pumpkin pie. #halloweenhack

Post # 6
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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julies1949:  best. Idea. Ever.

Post # 7
2957 posts
Sugar bee

What is the weather like where you live? Besides being labor intensive, carved pumpkins rot and get pretty rank where I live (California, which is great for everythung besides traffic and carved pumpkins on the front stoop in October.)

otherwise, it’s a cute idea!

Post # 8
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My fiance and I are getting married on Oct. 21, 2017 and we want to incorporate pumpkins! I was thinking of putting two pumpkins on the place card table. Michaels sells these fake craft pumpkins that look like the real thing. I was considering getting two of those and carving out our initials or some sort of design. That way you don’t have to worry about the pumpkin rotting!

Post # 9
9758 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Another October bride here. Check out crafting pumpkins! You can carve them and they don’t go bad so you don’t have to rush.

Also, depending on what you want carved and where you’re at Michaels does custom carved faux pumpkins that look fantastic.

Post # 10
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017 - Maui, Hawaii

I love to carve pumpkins, but I cannot even imagine the stress I would endure trying to carve a bunch of pumpkins on my wedding day or even the day before! I mean maybe if you don’t mind allocating that task to some charitable souls willing to help you who also don’t have a lot to stress about on your day… like maybe groomsmen or brothers or others who don’t mind getting sweaty and arm deep in pumpkin guts… otherwise go with carvable craft pumpkins that you can leisurely carve in your free time with a dremel or something.   

Post # 11
3791 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I got married in October and didn’t include pumpkins, but thought about it… like the little ones on the tables.

I think painting them or doing a design that just involves a drill is best. Or, buy those fake pumpkins so it’s less of a mess. Since theyt may only last for so long, some could go bad before your day and look awful.

Post # 12
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

They have foam pumpkins so it’s not as messy. I was told they sell them in the Fall at the dollar store. I am an Oct 16 bride and we’re going to use real pumpkins but not carve them. 🙂

Post # 13
1308 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

I LOVE the idea of carved pumpkins! However, I would strongly advise against trying to carve them the day of. A million unexpected things will crop up that you have to deal with – you will have NO TIME. I wouldn’t even do it the day before. I’d do it two or three days before. I mean, I picked up my fresh flowers two days before my wedding and they kept just fine, so I’m sure a thick-skinned gourd can last a few days.

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