(Closed) Horror Themed Wedding Reception?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should we do a horror themed reception?
    Yes, definetly! : (9 votes)
    17 %
    Yes, but keep it toned down : (9 votes)
    17 %
    No, bad idea for a wedding. Keep the horror for halloween : (34 votes)
    65 %
  • Post # 17
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    We’re getting married on Halloween (well, the 30th) and doing a lightly themed reception! We’re doing a fauxtobooth with costume pieces that i’m borrowing from my university’s costume shop (already have permission, woot!), we’re having a “trick-or-treat” candy buffet with all of the classic Halloween favs plus some, we’re using movie posters of our favorite horror movies as our table numbers. Really, that’s about it. But the element is definitely there for us. We didn’t want to take it too over the top.

    I say tone it down a bit, but definitely go for it! I know that unless you have the right kind of friends and family, the costume thing doesn’t go over well.

    You could always go more for a “vampire’s lair” feel. Use black fabrics, red velvet linens, wrought-iron, tons of candles of all shapes and sizes, and thrown in dark colored flowers, or even branches. Like a dark, Victorian Goth thing. I used to be a goth kid hardcore, so youre theme is right up my alley. lol

    Post # 18
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I didn’t read all the responses so sorry if this is a repeat. I think that your ideas as stated might be a little out-there for most people…. but if you don’t care what people think then go for it! But, if you’d like to class it up a LITTLE… maybe go more classic horror than 80s horror? Like instead of freddy kreuger, do the thing. ya know? I just think like 30s-40s era black and white movies might translate a little bit better to wedding stuff bc then it can be more vintagey.

    Post # 19
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    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think it could be really cool idea if done right

    Post # 20
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    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Oooo serve red martinis =]. I dunno why, it sounds scary.

    Or use dark dark purple, too, and find a way to “float” the layers so your martinis are red and dark purple. Very cool =]

    Post # 21
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    570 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    If you want a theme based on that, I would definitely say to go for it. I saw some Halloween inspired weddings and I think they turned out really tasteful and beautiful, so it all depends on what you want and you can make it as beautiful as you want.

    Good luck!

    Post # 22
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    126 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I know this was posted a while ago, but i LOVED Dita Von Teese and Marilyn Mansons wedding, and that could be easily encorporated into your theme!

    Post # 23
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    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    If that is your vision for your wedding, then go for it. It should reflect you as a couple, whatever that may be. If someone doesn’t like it, they don’t have to attend.

    Post # 24
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    265 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m shocked at how many people are warning you off. (Especially based on the idea that it will be like a costume party – costume parties are FUN, dude.) Do whatever you like! It’s still a wedding, and it’s definitely more original than people who claim they poured their personality into their wedding b/c they had their dog or kid on a table number card. (Not to knock those people’s weddings, but your wedding is not less of a wedding because it’s more intensely about your horror-lovin’ personalities!)

    Post # 25
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    39 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    personally, i don’t think that horror belongs at a wedding…but you should do what you like since it is your wedding

    Post # 27
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    If it were close to halloween I could see it, another time of year I would find it slightly odd as a guest. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go dark colors etc… but the “monster mash” kind of details would give it a halloween party feel for sure.

    That being said, halloween parties are fun! .. in October that is.

    Post # 28
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    866 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    A black-and-red motif around Halloween time sounds off-beat and elegant. I love the idea of an alternative venue such as a movie theatre or even a castle. Picture lots of low lighting, candles, black high-gloss satin linens with red roses… I guess I’m thinking Phantom of the Opera.

    In the interest of honesty, however, if I showed up at a wedding with any hint of horror films I would leave immediately. I don’t watch them because they **terrify** me, and I can’t even look at still photos of characters like Jason or Freddy.

    This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t do something fun and unusual, but as others have mentioned, a gracious hostess thinks of her guests and their comfort.

    One question: are you completely comfortable with associating “horror” and “my wedding”? Are your guests?

    Post # 29
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    875 posts
    Busy bee

    I have been to a Halloween themed wedding on Halloween, and it was okay, but still a bit odd even on Halloween.  (But I think that part of the unusualness of the wedding was the fact that the bride and groom and their wedding party were not in costume and wore very traditional outfits but all the guests were in costume made it seem even weirder.)  I think if they had taken the traditional aspects and played up the idea of the theme with the bridal party in themed costume… (perhaps famous couples… with the bride and groom as a classic fairytale couple then it would have seemed not so odd but just quirky and fun.  None the less… it was Halloween, so it was definitely seasonal.  But thinking of this theme as a spring wedding seems out of place.  I also have an issue with the idea of “horror” as a wedding theme.  Horror is not lovely, it’s fearsome… gruesome… and about murder…  I don’t think that is the concept you are thinking about but in the reality that’s what horror is about.  It’s not a “nice” theme…  Vintage, even gothic could be fun… but play up the idea of the drama of the theme.  If you want to have your friends dress in the vogue of the time period of your theme, let them know that the reception theme is… a 1920s speakeasy… flapper attire requested… or 1950s sock hop…greasers and poodle skirts welcome…  you get the idea… If you want to play up the movie concept, then think of the great classic love movies and the oscar party styles!  I’m okay with using a theme but I think it’s important to think about the full picture…  Horror is not a good theme because it’s about Murder…  Movies are a good theme, so figure out how to play up the drama of Hollywood. 

    Post # 30
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    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    ah!!!! i think this is amazing!! not EVERYONE will agree because it seems a bit “wierd” to some people!! but if you and your Fiance like the idea; i say GO FOR IT!!!!!!!! i think it would be awesome!!!!!!!

    Post # 31
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I definitely think you should go for it, if this is your style. If I was close enough to you to attend your wedding, I would surely understand that this is your style.

    I think some posters have a vision in their minds of a Halloween party gone wrong or something, there are definitely ways to do it with some ‘wedding elegance’ if you are concerned that it might be “not weddingy enough”

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