Post # 1
My friend has asked her to help plan their halloween wedding, where their reception will be a masquerade ball, has anybody got any decoration or general ideas or seen any pictures of where this has been done?
Want to include the halloween aspect but not make it too halloweeny, thinking of a candy bar etc
Post # 3
I’m actually planning my own Halloween wedding right now. We’re having it at a really nice country club, so we didn’t want to get too ‘typical Halloween’-ish. Here are some things I’m using:
1. Black candleabras. Hobby Lobby has them on sale right now for like $8. They’re dark and they’ve got black glitter near the bottom.
2. Caramel apple favors.
3. Pumpkin centerpieces [hollowed out, and filled with white roses].
4. Black and white linens, so any orange in the room will pop.
5. Halloween candy in large black bowls or cauldrons.
6. Black and/or white candles everywhere.
7. Our bathroom baskets, etc, are also from Hobby Lobby- black wire with a spider pattern.
I’d really just recommend looking around Michaels and Hobby Lobby right now- the darker stuff looks really nice when it’s away from the foam ghost display. :]
Post # 4
I definitely second the candleabras. If it’s a Masquerade Ball you’ll be going for kind of a castle feel (I mean, really, whoever heard of a Masquerade Ball furnished in IKEA style?), so candles, antiqued silver, draped fabric, the works. I can definitely see large antique-y silver tureens heaped with apples being a neat decor idea, as well as providing snacks. Glitter pumpkins are always popular, in different fall colors.
You don’t have to go Halloween on the decor, you can go "Italian Masquerade" instead. So, find some glass mosiac candleholders and lanterns, use rich jewel tones, maybe get some nice masks to accent centerpieces. How about using chocolate gold coins in your candy bar, and other foil-wrapped candies in deep colors, instead of the more kid-like candy corn and mini candy bars?
Post # 7
I’m doing the masqurade theme as well. Our receptoin is taking place in barn (yes a barn) and its not a typical barn. Big open layout and no hay lol. It has about 20 foot ceilings. Our colors are black and white w/ accents in red.
Our plan consists of:
Lots of candles and fabrics
Fi wants to do our family coat of arms (unsure if I will do that)
Colors are being used through out
Favors are decorative masks (all hand made by bridal party)
Masks incorparted on most paper products
Trying to make things seem from that time (Barn looks medevil)
Hope that helps. Any ideas people come up with is helpful. I refer to a lot of the movies that had masquardes in them (Phantom of the Opera, Marie Antonite, etc).
Post # 8
When I think of masquerades I think of feathers, candles, masks, jewels, and rich colors. Maybe a deep purple with oranges, and black. This could be a really fun event to put together! Good luck.
The smoking punch bowl could be a neat aspect without being too halloween-y.
Post # 9
When my husband and I got married we had a formal wedding but we did Phantom of the opera masquerade theme.
The centerpieces were hereldic banners about 6ft tall in jewel tones to match the room.
The favors for each guest were handmade opera masks with the handles. We also scattered gold ornaments on the tables that we collected from the Macy’s after Christamas sale. Just the ones that had a baroque not Christmas feel to them.
The Bridesmaids carried very elaborate masks instead of flowers and the bridal party entered the reception to the song Maquarade playing, masks on.
During dinner we played the soundtrack from Phantom and then other movie soundtrack music that fit the theme.
The guests really had a blast.
Soontobemrswallace: Give yourself plenty of time for the masks, they took us much longer then we thought they would.
You’ll have so much fun at these weddings 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks for all the ideas! theres some great ones! would love to see pictures of your wedding ohnaka!
Post # 11
I will try to scan some. It may take a while (on a publishers tight deadline right now). Our photos are all film. I’m will if you’re willing to wait a couple weeks, the scanning will take a little while.
Post # 12
I have no suggestions, I just wanted to say that I LOVE your theme/idea!
I was looking at all the links everyone posted and I love the ghost mashed potatos in this pix! Cute idea! http://flickr.com/photos/tastefullyentertaining/2765821715/
I can’t wait to see photos of your wedding!!
Post # 13
yay for Halloween weddings! I’m planning one too…. but mine is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas themed. It’s a lot of fun since you can just go crazy with it.
I definitely second the candles… although I would double check with the venue if you’re allowed to use them. My venue is an old boutique hotel with very strict rules about candles, so we’re not allowed to use them at all. we’re using LED throwies in place of flame instead.
I think that a masquerade ball also lends itself to elaborately patterned fabric. A lot of black and whites, stripes and swirls. If you drape fabric around the venue and maybe even have the patterns on table cloths, it would really give it a dramatic punch.
and DEFINITELY go with the candy bar. why have a halloween wedding if there’s no candy? 🙂
Post # 14
Seriously…I’m jealous. I am a Halloween freak and this idea is so much fun.
Post # 15
I second bree72! Uber jealous , I’m a huge fan of Halloween. I know my Fiance would not go for a themed wedding. I agree that candleabras would be great. If they get too costly you can mix those with carved pumpkin centerpieces. I love using white pumpkins Also you can scoop out those mini pumpkins with a mellon baller and they can hold tealights! good luck!
Post # 16
ohnaka – Thanks for the heads up. Right know I’m just experimenting but I have about 10 to 15 volunteers to make masks as well, I’m hoping they won’t take too long.
I LOVE the candralabra theme (very Phantom of the Opera) but our venue has to have contained candles so I’m going to substitue with tea lights and votives as well as the planned pillar candles.
One thing I want to do is have rose petals on the tables but I don’t feel this will be masquarde like.
Another thing that fits into our theme was having damask table runners or tablecloths but its not in the budget…. we’ll have to figure something else out.