Plan a Halloween Wedding Theme
Glowing candles, grinning pumpkins and a moonlit night. What a great beginning for a Halloween wedding theme.
Most people can easily turn a Halloween party into a wedding, however, consider adding some polish to this special night.
Here are some suggestions that incorporate elegance with pure holiday fun.
Wedding Party Attire
A slim fitting dress in the Mortica (Addams Family) style would work nicely. You may also choose to have your gown choice died black or red. Add a black cape with red lining, black veil and long, sleek black gloves.
Slim fitting black, red, or orange dresses with matching capes or sheer long scarves. Instead of a regular neckline, consider having a seamstress add a high, stiff collar to frame their faces. Use tiara's in their hair or matching ribbons.
Groom and groomsmen
Wear black tuxedos with red cummerbunds. Another option would be black shirts, black slacks and a red-lined black cape with high collar and black top hat with cane (old-fashioned Dracula style).
Suggested Halloween Wedding Bouquets
Carry blood red or black roses. If you've decided to use orange as a wedding color, you may wish to opt for orange wedding flowers such as: Orange Hawkweed, Day Lily's, Tiger Lily's, Orange/Yellow Freesia's, Orange Roses, Orange Poppy's.
Remember that you can often get a variety of flowers dipped or dyed to suit your wedding colors.
Halloween Wedding Theme Centerpieces
- Decorate hollowed out gourds or small pumpkins with black, red, orange and/or yellow flowers. Add a few props to the arrangement, such as small scarecrows, plastic pumpkins, small ghosts, gold stars or moon, etc.
- You could also hollow out miniature pumpkins and insert a votive or pillar candle inside.
- Create miniature tombstones from Styrofoam painted dark grey. Add a catchy epitaph and decorate the base with a miniature flower bouquet.
- Arrange orange and black pillar candles in varying heights on top of round mirrors. Tie a coordinating ribbon bow around the base of each candle. Scatter a few fake leaves in autumn colors on the mirror.
- Use wrought-iron style candelabras with taper candles.
Halloween Theme Wedding Decorations
- Decorate doorways and the front of tables with black and orange, red or yellow crepe paper. Another option is to drape tables with black netting lined with white twinkle lights. Add yellow or orange satin bows where the netting is secured.
- Get large dead branches (don't cut live trees) and use as tree props. Add white, yellow or orange miniature twinkle lights to the branches. Secure in pots filled with sand and covered with shiny orange or black wrapping paper. Stretch cob webs between branches. Place these around the room.
- As an extra added effect, hang strings of black lights around the bar area, rest rooms and doorways.
- Make a large round moon from cardboard covered with shiny yellow foil paper and secure from the ceiling. Add a "flying witch" next to it. Create additional atmosphere with hanging bats and gold stars. If you could set this up near a wall that you've covered with black material, it would look awesome.
- Place a coffin in one corner of the room (you can easily make one from large cardboard boxes and paint it black). Add Dracula to the coffin by stuffing a dark suit with a white shirt, adding a cape and placing a Dracula mask over a balloon. Then make a coffin for "Mrs. Dracula". You could also make several tombstones from cardboard boxes, paint them in grey and/or black, add a funny epitaph and make a small graveyard.
- Instead of your usual grinning jack-o-lantern, consider having pumpkins carved in unique designs. There are many patterns available and they would provide an interesting focal point to your Halloween wedding theme decor. Place the pumpkins throughout the room, but be sure if you are using candles that they are not near anything flammable and cannot easily be tipped over. Better yet, consider using a battery-powered light or one that can be plugged in nearby.
- Cover the top of the tables in black or midnight blue tablecloths. Decorate these with gold sparkled fabric pens in the shapes of stars, suns and moons (use stencils that can be bought for stenciling walls with paint).
- Place a large cauldron on the main serving table and add dry ice to create a smoke effect. (Do not use this to serve drinks from).
Creepy Entertainment For Your Wedding
- Hire a fortuneteller to dress up as a gypsy and give short readings. You can opt to pay for this and come up with a set price for the evening or have guests pay for their own readings. Be sure they are kept short (5 to 10 minutes) and that the price reflects this.
- Have the DJ play songs such as the Monster Mash, Ghostbusters, Thriller, and other suitable Halloween songs throughout the evening.
Halloween Wedding Theme Party Favors
- Use traditional Halloween treat bags and fill with Halloween candy.
- Give candles, such as novelty Halloween candles, orange/black votive candles in a clear holder, 2 tapered candles tied together with raffia ribbon. Spiff up the candles with small decorations such as plastic spiders, autumn leaves, gold moon and star stickers, etc.
- Make homemade chocolates or iced sugar cookies in the shapes of ghosts, pumpkins, witches, sun, moon, stars, tombstones, etc. Package several together in cellophane or in Halloween decorated bags/boxes and tie with black and orange ribbon.
- Fortune cookies make great favors. You can opt to use the fortunes found in pre-packaged fortune cookies or make your own cookies and fortunes, then insert them into the cookie.
You can find more ideas for Halloween wedding favors here.
Suggestions For Your Halloween Wedding Guests
Instead of requesting that your guests dress in costumes, consider asking them to find costumes and clothing that are more refined, but still related to Halloween. Basically, instead of dressing like the Wicked Witch of the West or some gruesome monster, they find one more fashionable and sleek.
For example, women could wear dresses in black with orange or yellow accessories, dress up like Morticia Addams or Elvira, be a sassy devil, an enchanting sorceress or a Victorian vampire.
Men could dress as Dracula, 1920's gangster, Jack the Ripper, a medieval cleric or monk, an evil wizard or a werewolf dressed to go to a wedding.
You get the idea. Keep it fun, but more in keeping with a wedding, rather than a typical Halloween party where anything goes. And remember to take lots of pictures and videos. This is one style of wedding that is sure to bring lots of laughter and fond memories over the years.