5 Ghoulishly Good Halloween Wedding Ideas
Thinking of having a wedding with a Halloween theme? Then your guests are in for a hauntingly good time (cackle, cackle)! It’s easy to get caught up in details that are whimsical and festive, but you want to make sure you don’t get so caught up in the 'Halloween party' aspect that it takes away from the I-dos! Whether you want to merely nod to the holiday with a few pumpkins, greet it head on with a masquerade ball, or fully embrace all that is weird and wonderful and comes out on Halloween night, we have some ideas to create an elegant but ghoulishly good vibe for your Halloween wedding.
What better place to host a Halloween wedding reception than in a place that’s supposedly haunted? Scout out Civil War sites, Colonial homes, antebellum mansions and plantations, old hotels—any place old enough to have a past usually comes along with a story and becomes the perfect spooky set.
Halloween brides have the most fun with their wedding dresses—who else can get away with wearing a black tulle gown set of by a pure white bouquet? Ok, not everyone dreams of walking down the aisle in black, but you can still have your gown fit into your theme by adding a sash, black satin pumps, a birdcage wedding veil (in white or in color), or antique jewelry. You could even wear a cape or shawl—perfect for evening or outdoor weddings especially.
You can do a lot with décor that doesn’t scream Halloween party but instead reflects a wedding at Halloween time; that is, you can certainly avoid fake cobwebs and fangs. Here’s how:
• Stick with white, black, gold, silvers, and any kind of deep purples and reds (think crimson, scarlet, eggplant, plum).
• Dress your tables with black and silver tablecloths
• Light lots of candles—black or ivory or a combination
• Use antique-style candelabras as centerpieces or on buffet tables
• Set black china on top of silver chargers (or vice versa)
• Carve jack-o-lanterns and either light, keep empty, or fill with flowers.
You can put a Halloween spin on your menu, but for the sake of your guests, it’s best to avoid a Fear Factor menu. Offer guests Bloody Marys and then invite them to a feast complete with deviled eggs, a monster-mashed-potatoes bar, pumpkin tartlets, and mini-salads with roasted pepitas. Soup is definitely in order this time of year—a butternut squash soup served inside a pumpkin shell is delightful, delicious, and fitting. And for an entrée: ribs!
The cake has become a centerpiece and showstopper in and of itself, so anything is fair game when it comes to a Halloween wedding cake, from a cute Tim Burtonesque-inspired topper to a full-on scare. By cutting into red velvet or a black forest cake, you serve up a sliver of Halloween on a sugary platter. Take a look at our Halloween wedding cake gallery for ideas.
Halloween just isn’t itself without candy, so a candy bar is a must! You can even have little trick-or-treating bags available to really play it up. Send your guests home with bottles of pumpkin ale or sparkling cider, stamped with your names and the saying ‘till death do us part.
And lastly, ditch the traditional getaway car for a horse-drawn buggy—the more old-fashioned it is, the better.