How to organise a Halloween-themed wedding
02 Oct 2017
Are you a lover of all things horror and spooky? Here’s how to plan the ultimate Halloween-themed wedding
For many people, the month of October is synonymous with only one thing; Halloween. As soon as the month begins, supermarkets and corner shops are filled with costumes, decorations, and spooky food. It’s the perfect time of year to hold a gothic, eerie wedding; not only is there an abundance of supplies, but it’s also off-peak wedding season meaning a wedding will cost significantly less than if it was held in the middle of summer. Thinking of throwing a Halloween-themed wedding? Here are some tips.
Unless you want your wedding to look tacky, steer clear of the costumes and props; save them for the photobooth. Instead, take inspiration from the colours and themes that are associated with Halloween. Wow your guests with a black or red gown, and dress your betrothed in a Victorian-influenced suit. You could still incorporate small symbols into your ensemble, such as skull cufflinks or a themed hairpiece.
There are two directions you can go in when it comes to decorating your venue. You could either embrace Halloween entirely by setting up fake cobwebs, hanging bats, and plastic skeletons around the room; or, alternatively, you could be a bit more subtle and use signifiers of the holiday such as pumpkins, candles, and autumnal colours. Instead of making your theme too blatant, add some small elements into the mix such as spooky place settings or gothic wedding favours.
If you’re getting married at Halloween, don’t waste the opportunity by saying your vows at any old hotel or village hall. There are many venues across the UK that would be suitable for an eerie celebration, from castles to crypts and repurposed prisons. There are also a number of venues that are considered to be haunted, such as Athelhampton House in Dorchester, considered to be one of the most haunted houses in England, and Eyam Hall in Derbyshire, which is located in a village that was almost wiped out by the plague in the 1600s.
Photo: Athelhampton House
Your save the date cards and invitations will be the first clue your guests will get as to the theme of your wedding, so make it count. If you’re aiming for a truly spooky occasion, set out your invitations like an Ouija board or include illustrated portraits of you and your partner as your favourite horror movie characters. On the other hand, if you’re going more in the Victorian gothic direction, stylise your stationery with flowing calligraphy and complete them with a personalised wax seal.
Blacks and reds are colours that are typically synonymous with Halloween, while deep oranges, crispy leaves, and pine cones are associated with autumn. Choose between a fake and real bouquet, and add little symbols of Halloween such as skulls, spiders, and bats. If you’re going all out, cover your flowers in webbing and add trailing black ribbon. For an alternative to a traditional bouquet, consider holding a lantern adorned with flower decorations instead.
Your cake is a great opportunity to get creative. Even at the simplest weddings, the cake is used to convey a couple’s personalities and interests. A drip cake is a great option for a Halloween wedding, as the dripping is reminiscent of slime or blood. Alternatively, research your favourite horror movie director or author, and try to capture their style in cake form. From Tim Burton to H.P. Lovecraft, there are so many options to choose from. If you’re not a fan of cake, why not have a ‘trick or treat’ sweets table instead? You could include all the typical Halloween treats, such as toffee apples, penny sweets, and spookily-decorated cupcakes.