Are you a fan of Halloween? Well, using this scary holiday as a wedding theme can actually result in quite a stylish Halloween wedding!
We thought we’d get in the mood and share our thoughts on how to create a chic Halloween Wedding in 2018! So think dark and seductive rather than tacky and flashy! We know you may not actually create a Halloween wedding but you might like to take some of the ideas for your own, plus its a bit of fun!
The Overall Idea
A formal wedding inspired by the autumn season would be our base with a touch of mystery thrown in! The overall ambiance would be elegant, sophisticated and a tad spooky. The Halloween wedding theme would be more of a suggestion, a feeling rather than a full on extravagance!
A historic yet glamorous rumoured-to-be-haunted space would be ideal for this wedding, the venue should exude a feeling of mystery… A Halloween wedding would be ideal for a destination wedding at a castle in Europe, maybe an old castle in Ireland or Slovakia (we’re thinking Dracula here!) Historic buildings can provide the perfect backdrop for a Halloween wedding, especially when they’re rumoured to be haunted!
I mean black obviously… but throwing in silver and white will keep it elegant. Bring in the autumnal colours of burnt orange and brushed golds to make sure it doesn’t go to goth! Keep it chic please girls!
The Halloween Wedding Entrance
As guests arrive they will be greeted by waiters handing out Venetian masquerade masks and a glass of Champagne. A bit of fun and a bit of intrigue for your guests. The bar would be serving deep, dark cocktails like black vodka with cherry juice and raspberries/blackberries or pumpkin, pear and nutmeg to bring in the autumn flavours.
The Overall Look
To create a dramatic, slightly gothic atmosphere, hang rented antique crystal chandeliers from the ceiling, place large arrangements of natural branches with no leaves in mercury glass vessels on the floor throughout the space. Use an eclectic mix of crystal goblets, white china and black napkins with silver napkin holders. Brushed gold candelabras and candlesticks with white candles dripping wax litter the tables, tastefully. Arrangements of white blossoms—like hydrangeas and garden roses of different heights and sizes would be interspersed throughout the tables. If the space has a fireplace, light it to cast a magical flare or fill it with pillar candles of various heights.
At the ceremony, surround the altar with clusters of pillar candles and overflowing arrangements of blood-red blooms or hang a black crystal chandelier at the end of the aisle. For the reception, set each guest’s place with matte gold flatware and black wine glasses and use feathers calligraphed in gold ink as place cards. Top an ornate black lace runner with vintage vessels full of black forest calla lilies, dahlias, and garden roses, surrounded by white pumpkins, persimmons, and figs, and light as many candles as you can!
The Halloween Wedding Food
Even if the decor is leaning towards the ghoulish, it doesn’t mean the food has to, so just forget that idea of serving punch from a bubbling cauldron! It’s okay to keep the wedding food seasonal and festive. Autumn’s rich, spicy flavours automatically lend themselves to a sumptuous Halloween-time wedding. During the cocktail hour, serve butternut squash soup shooters. For dinner, serve foods that incorporate the warm, hearty flavours of autumn, like pumpkin, apples, pecans, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Dessert would be apple cinnamon flambé with Calvados and butter pecan ice cream, as well as slices of wedding cake—a four-tiered confection covered with dark chocolate fondant and decorated with black magic roses.
Fill a dessert table with dressed-up versions of seasonal sweets, like chocolate-peanut butter cupcakes, caramel apple tarts, and gourmet popcorn balls, then send everyone home with bags of your favourite trick or treat sweets!
Your Halloween Wedding Dress
Your wedding dress isn’t a costume, so skip the Bride of Frankenstein look in favour of something dramatic, but still true to your bridal vision. Vintage lace and long sleeves hark back to brides of the past, while an ethereal tulle design has a ghostly feel that’s still modern and romantic.