Halloween-Themed Wedding Ideas
If you love everything to do with ghosts and ghouls, why not gather around the cauldron to magic up some spooktacular Halloween-themed wedding ideas? As bones rattle and coffins creak, October is the perfect time to get your freak on. So with this in mind, here are five creative ways to tie the knot around the scariest time of year.
Consider Alternative Attire
There’s no right or wrong way to throw a Halloween wedding. You might decide to embrace fancy dress complete with fang-tastic makeup. Or you might look for corsets, skirts and dresses to embrace your inner goth. If you’re looking for tasteful Halloween wedding ideas, then a beautiful black dress complete with a black birdcage veil could also work well. Or you could spook up the traditional white dress with some embroidered spiders or black lace detailing. The groom could perhaps contrast the bride by wearing a black suit with stitched white spiders on the lapel or pockets. Don’t forget extra touches too such as skull cufflinks.
Halloween is the ultimate autumnal celebration and the perfect opportunity to embrace beautiful seasonal colours. So think carefully about the palette you want to use. Your bridesmaids, for instance, could wear burnt orange dresses while holding beautiful bouquets made from orange, brown, dark red and purple florals. The same kind of florals can be used to decorate your venue. But instead of popping them in vases, wouldn’t it be cool to get hold of some plastic skeletons and turn these into spooky centrepieces instead?
Embrace the Trick or Treat Theme
Halloween and sweet treats go hand-in-hand. So how about treating your guests to some Halloween goodies as they arrive at your reception? You could make up little bags of candy for everyone as well as a tray of toffee apples for that all-important sugar hit. Or create your own Halloween-themed wedding cocktail reception. A Bloody Mary could be called Vampire’s Blood and if you combine blue curacao, grenadine and cranberry juice, you’ll get a purple hue that can easily be labelled ‘witch’s heart.’ Be sure to also include some mocktails in case people are driving or make up a large punch bowl (using a plastic cauldron from a fancy dress shop of course) complete with floating eyeballs.
Pumpkins are the ultimate Halloween accessory. So if your wedding is in the evening, it would be really nice to lower the lights and create a display of beautifully carved pumpkins with candles inside. These can welcome guests with a frightening flicker as they enter the reception room or be placed on each table as a centrepiece. If you’re hosting a child-friendly wedding, you might even want to have a pumpkin carving or decorating table to keep the little ones busy. A wedding favour for kids could include their own pumpkin with a pumpkin carving set attached.
One of the best ways to get some pretty awesome wedding photos from your big day is to provide a photo booth or backdrop complete with plenty of props. And considering it’s Halloween, you can have a whole load of fun. The photo backdrop could be a ghostly scene or a pumpkin stack. You can then provide two carved pumpkins for guests to place in front of their own faces. Other cool props include vampire teeth, mummy bandages, witches hats and broom and a whole array of masks.
If you’re looking for the perfect venue for your Halloween wedding, don’t miss the Hythe Imperial. This hotel specialises in Kent weddings and has an abundance of Victorian charm that’ll help make your big day extra special.