With Halloween in the air, we are loving all things gothic glamour this festive and spooky season.
If you’re getting married at the end of October and want to have a Halloween themed wedding, it doesn’t have to look like a kids birthday bash! Forget your typical Jack-O-Lanterns and garish black and orange colours, instead embrace this fun occasion and give your guests a treat they won’t forget with a spooktacularly sophisticated Halloween wedding.
Skip the cheesy costumes and cobwebs and go for elegant accents, black lace and tulle, glitter dipped skulls, floating candles and spooky spirits for a magical, romantic yet haunting wedding day. Check out our top ten Halloween themed ideas to give you some ghoulish inspiration for your big day…
Wear a Monochrome Dress
As a bride, one of the most important aspects of wedding planning is choosing your bridal gown. Avoid looking like the bride of Frankenstein and step away from the costumes! If you want to pay homage to the theme, you can opt for something dramatic and dark but that still stays true to your bridal vision. You could tap into one of 2018’s hottest bridal trends and opt for a monochrome dress like this one below by Reem Acra, the perfect balance of gothic and glam. Alternatively, opt for a little vintage number that harkens back to brides of the past. Think long lace sleeves and ethereal tulle for a ghostly yet romantic feel.
We have to include these guys somewhere; after all, what’s Halloween without a Pumpkin? They make for great centre pieces on your tables and also strewn up the aisle as your say your ‘I Do’s’. Give the pumpkin a chic little re-vamp for your Halloween themed wedding by painting and decorating them in gold glitter. We love this idea of having a white and gold pumpkin for your guest’s cards!
An Elegant & Eerie Historic Venue
Historic buildings provide the perfect backdrop for a Halloween themed weddings and give your big day that extra ‘wow’ factor. Whether your dream is a haunted house, a stylish gothic castle or a romantic ruin, you’ll not be short of eerie wedding venues in Ireland for a creepy celebration! We recommend checking out Ballygally castle and the Victorian architecture of Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast for a quirky wedding venue that is rumoured to be haunted!
Devilishly Sweet Treats
Fill your dessert table with seasonal sweets and decorated delights. Caramel apple tarts and toffee apples are a firm favourite at Halloween, or you can go all out and create some gory and freaky cakes e.g. chewy fangs, black cat cupcakes, star strewn biscuits and blood-red punch. This will keep your guests energy levels up whilst suiting the theme perfectly!
Refine your Colour Palette
Halloween lends itself to some of the most gorgeous and magical colour palettes. Ditch the standard orange and purple for something a little more sleek and refined. Jewel tones of emerald and burgundy work fantastic for the Halloween season, mixed with accents of grey, white, black and burnt gold it creates an elegant feel of a bygone era. Play with your tablescape, decor and stationary to bring together your colour scheme.
Create the ultimate statement and opt for a black wedding cake for your All Hallows Eve wedding. Add some gold glitter and some bold blooms for the perfect contrast between sophistication and the festive theme.
Opt for dark blooms such as this stunning bouquet below to tie everything together. Match your bridesmaid’s bouquet’s to yours and your bridal squad will blend in seamlessly with the Halloween theme.
Go all-over matte black or create the ultimate Halloween glam with sequin gowns. Opting for black bridesmaid dresses for your bridal party with help create that modern gothic glam vibe.
Choosing your wedding stationary and style is one of those aspects of wedding planning where you can get really creative. It will be the first impression you give to your guests, so be sure to give a gentle nod to the Halloween theme! If you’re feeling extra spooky, why not taking inspiration from Dia de los Muertos with an elegant table plan or stationary with the quote “Until Death Do Us Part” for a macabre but romantic touch.
Ambience & Decor
Having a Halloween themed wedding? Add TONS of candles for an intimate and ambient feel to your big day. Create a dark romance feel with antique candelabras as centrepieces, crystal chandeliers and melted candles strewn along hallways, stairways or tables. Also consider adding ghoulish decor such as diamond skulls or glitter tipped feathers for those extra finishing touches.
Full-scale Fancy Dress
Or, of course you could go all-out on the Halloween theme and rock up the aisle like this!