Post # 1
So, here’s the deal. We are getting married on Oct 30th, it was originally the 31st but due to several factors we decided that a Saturday wedding was more feasible than a Sunday one for us.
Here’s my dilemma. I have always wanted a Halloween wedding. Always. I have always been more on the dark/goth side of things and there was never a question in my mind that this was the day I wanted. BUT, I do not want a cheesy Halloween party for my wedding. I’m really not into the whole Darth Vader officiant, dress up as vampires, costumey thing. It’s fine if that’s what others want, I respect that and I wish I had the balls to pull it off, but it’s not really my taste. I still want it to feel like Halloween.
I need ideas on how to pull off the Halloween thing without going overboard. I still want it to look and feel like an elegant wedding. So far, the only things I’ve got is my candy buffet which I am going to stock full of my Halloween favs (candy bars, mallowcreme pumpkins, candy corn, caramel apples, etc) and my centerpieces which are going to have black branches and tons of candles. My girls are wearing black swing dresses with red crinolines. I’m definitely doing lots of polka dots, because I love them. My colors are black, white, and red with small accents of aqua. We’re going for more of a rockabilly/retro feel with the Halloween thing thrown in.
I’ve tossed around the idea of naming our tables after our favorite horror movies, since we are horror movie fanatics and are doing a horror movie-inspired engagement shoot. I’ve also tossed around putting out small costumes pieces such as boas, masquerade masks, fangs, hats, etc. so that people can “dress up” but not be in costume. I’m in theatre, so I was going to see about borrowing some nicer costume pieces from my theatre department.
I’m just kind of lost. I’m out of inspiration. I just want some suggestions, if you have any. Anything is appreciated!
This is a picture of my venue.
Post # 3
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Post # 4
maybe this is not yous style but see this so you can see el dias de los muertos theme
Post # 5
I think all the ideas you suggested above sounded great, and definitely not over the top in regards to Halloween. I especially love the idea of putting out masquerade masks. That sounds so fun!
I say take all of your ideas, put together an inspiration board and see how you feel about it . . . if you can find inspiration, make your own 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
It would be fun to have a photobooth set up with lots of halloween masks, etc!
Post # 7
I went to a Halloween wedding this year that I think was done really well. Some things were really Halloweeny. They did a candy buffet with trick-or-treat candy too and green punch. They asked kids to wear costumes which turned out really cute. And they had a big Halloween goulish sign with thier names in the lobby of their venue. The rest was more pretty fall wedding in style – dark red, orange, and purple colors, and pumpkin centerpieces, hollowed out with fall flowers in them. They also scattered candy around the pumpkins on each table.
Post # 8
There are quite a few threads on this site about halloween weddings…
I just did a quick search on here, but I know I saw a GORGEOUS halloween wedding on a wedding board somewhere! try google?
Post # 9
You can totally have a fun Halloween theme without being too dark or nerdy. I think a great way to set the tone for your guests is through the invitations. If you make them fun and lighthearted, then guests should expect a fun trick-or-treat type time. If you were to make them all black and red with tattoo type art and fonts, then they might think it’s a little more on the serious side. Either way, I suggest you check out offbeatbride.com. They have featured a few Halloween weddings, some might be your bag.
I love the idea of the candy buffet! What a better time of year to go with the candy than Halloween?
I found a few weddings that I think might lean a little towards a more sophisticated, grown-up Halloween:
LOL, this wedding was featured on two sites!
A Halloween-esque Steam Train of Epicness
Punpkin Carving. Autumn Leaves. Masquerade Ball.
Post # 10
Check out this Halloween themed rehearsal dinner for ideas.
Here’s what the bride said about it:
“The Confederate Home used to be a home for confederate wives and orphans and sort of screams spooky but is still so beautiful. The Lettered Olive came up with the greatest invitations that totally set the mood and got people excited about the party, the attire for the dinner was “gothic cocktail”, and we asked people to wear only black. We wanted the dinner to still be really beautiful and traditional but also go along with the Halloween theme so we decided to use white and silver pumpkins and lots of candles as well as the black, white and silver accents on the menu cards, place cards, etc. which when put together looked really elegant but still had a total Halloween vibe. It could not have been more fun and I’m so glad we decided to have the wedding then because that party was one of my favorite parts of the whole weekend.”
Post # 11
@whitesonnet- I AM dark and nerdy. lol. I made DIY clay Cthulhu figurines for our cake topper. Oh, and I LOVE offbeat bride. I even read her book. I read rock’n’roll bride often as well.
I’ve actually seen some of these posts before, but some of them are new. I’ve done a lot of research and I feel like I still can’t find what I want.
The thing I’m concerned with is mixing the silly Halloween thing with our very formal venue. What I really wanted was outside in a park, but the weather here is too unpredicable that time of year. It rains on Halloween almost every year. I would have loved to get married out in a field. I used to be a Wiccan (more agnostic now…) so I feel very connected to that. We are doing a handfasting ritual in our ceremony to compensate, though.
Do you think that the horror/zombie movie table names are out of place in a room like that? It’s very old Hollywood, art deco and the hotel itself is really nice.
Post # 12
One of my best friends had a halloween wedding this year and it was THE BEST wedding I have EVER been to. Instead of making it a costume/halloween party, they said it was a masquerade and invited people to dress for a masked ball or to wear costumes if they wanted – there was a good mix of both. They also had a huge candy buffet which was a smash hit! Their colors were black, white, and red – not “halloweeny” but it worked with the theme. The DJ played “Thriller” at one point and 90% of the guests were out on the floor doing the dance – it was amazing.
I think the idea of naming tables after horror movies is super cute! What I like about Halloween weddings is the versatility – go for it! Do what you want to do – it’s your dream, it’s your day and I think it will be great! 🙂
Post # 13
Oh – also, their wedding was at a formal southern planation – it made no difference! It worked just fine 🙂
Post # 14
I second offbeat bride and rock n roll bride… both feature really different, fun but classy weddings
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If you are a colored shoe bride pleasepleaseplease wear the Iron Fist Monster Heels – that way I can live vicariously through you.
Post # 15
I’m so happy this post came up right as I was getting up the nerve to offcially join the boards (i’ve been lurking for a month…he). Although my wedding is on the early side of October, Halloween is my fav holiday and I def wanted to put some Halloween-y things into the wedding. I think we’re going to project some Halloween movies onto walls for our cocktail hour as well as serve some pumpkin appetizers. We’re also doing a candy bar as well as a “trick” bar, where I’ll have vampire teeth and other gaggy gifts displayed alongside the treats.
Post # 16
@phedre- that really does make me feel better.
@Cybele- lol @ the shoes. I AM a colored shoe bride, but I think I’m rocking some kick-ass Betsey Johnsons (hopefully!) and some Converse for the reception.