Fall is a beautiful time of year, filled with crisp autumn air and the changing of the seasons. It also signifies the spookiest time of the year, Halloween! Perhaps it’s your favorite holiday, or you’re simply looking for ways to incorporate the season into your wedding.
Either way, Halloween themed weddings need not be morbid, and there are plenty of options for this holiday that don’t only involve a black and orange color palette.
The great thing about having a wedding theme is that you have the freedom to have fun and express yourself through creative ideas. From a dark or black wedding dress to a gothic wedding cake to fall-inspired decor, the options for embracing the holiday are endless. A Halloween-themed wedding can be whimsical and romantic if planned and styled well.
Moody and Elegant Color Palettes
Rather than the traditional orange and black colors that come with Halloween, focus on a more moody color palette with blacks, purples, crimsons, and golds. These options create an elegance that still pays homage to the season.
Another option is to stick to a more neutral color palette and incorporate metallic accents, such as copper or silver, to evoke the holiday spirit without going overboard. Whatever you decide, carrying the color palette from attire to decor to food will ensure a spooky vibe that will leave your guests with goosebumps.
Dark or Black Wedding Dress
There’s no better time to ditch the traditional white wedding dress and wear a black or dark-colored wedding dress for a Halloween-themed wedding. There are plenty of options, whether you want a gothic look or a more subtle nod to the holiday.
If you opt to lean into the holiday fully, consider a black lace wedding dress, black veil, and pops of metallic hues. Complete the look with darker makeup and accessories. Adding lace or lots of tulle layers can create an ethereal feel to your wedding dress.
For a less festive look, a velvet wedding dress that is either crimson or dark purple will do the trick. Keeping your makeup simpler with gold or silver jewelry will complete this look.
Also consider getting your nails done in a less traditional style to tie it all together. Dark, matte colors, metallic accents, and marble designs are some creative ways to carry the theme through your entire outfit.
Orange Bridesmaid Dresses
Since you’ve decided on a less traditional wedding dress, consider other options for your bridesmaids besides black. This is the perfect season to embrace orange bridesmaid dresses. Colors such as burnt orange or rust are the best choices for this theme.
Choosing fabrics such as velvet or silk are also dreamy options to make your bridesmaids pop. Including dark accents, such as more dramatic makeup, can also create a striking appearance in line with the holiday.
When it comes to your special day, the venue will be one of the most important decisions you make. To emphasize the Halloween theme, choose a venue with a mysterious and old-world appeal, such as a castle. The bricks and foliage will serve as the perfect backdrop for your day.
Incorporate classy, gothic decor, such as black linens, moody florals, gold skulls, and ghost chairs. Floral arrangements featuring shades of black, burgundy, and merlot will immerse your guests in the spookiness. You can also use these when creating your wedding bouquet.
Swapping traditional candles for black ones also creates a dark and moody atmosphere while also being elegant. Choosing darker-colored chandeliers will also create the same ambiance for your big day.
Gothic Wedding Cake
Toss the traditional wedding cake and instead choose a gothic-inspired one. Darker colors, such as black and deep purple, are perfect options for your cake. Adding elements such as geodes and metallics are also creative ways to enhance the gothic vibe.
For the filling, delight your guests with pumpkin spice instead of traditional flavors, and add a unique cake topper, such as a skull or pumpkin. When looking to create the perfect cake, the most important thing to remember is to do your research and recruit the best cake artist. They will also have other ideas to take your gothic cake to the next level.
Bring Your Spooky Ideas to Life
With these Halloween-themed ideas, you can find creative and unique ways to bring the festivities into your big day. Whether you want a full gothic-inspired wedding or a subtler nod to the season itself, there are endless options to choose from. Celebrate your union, and bring a new meaning to the phrase “till death do us part”.