Having a wedding around Halloween can be a fun and spooky theme for the event. Planning the perfect Halloween wedding can mean your celebration is one of elegance and autumnal charm or a ghoulish occasion fit for a “monster” bash. Make your All Hallow’s Eve wedding an event to remember by adding your own flair to suggestions found here. More about this ghoulish theme later in the blog, first a few photos of some of the amazing work our busy team have been involved with recently.
Our talented stylist Holly covers a wide range of events, including weddings in the South West area of England.She sent though a couple of lovely photos for last week’s weddings
Here is pretty bride Kim and her bridesmaid, Holly created gorgeous smouldering make up for Kim’s wedding day.
Holly also created delightful hair styles for two bridesmaids.
All of our team of superb stylists are very diverse with their skills. Elloise our superb stylist who covers Sussex has a great skill set. One of her many talents is SFX where she is totally amazing!
Here are just a few of the incredible looks that she has designed and created for horrific halloween looks ! They are quite wonderful.
Halloween Themed Weddings
Generally, when talking of weddings, things related to romance, beauty and love will break out in our minds.However not every girl wants to be a fairy tale princess on her big day. Some princesses are more darkly gothic. Halloween is inspiring a new trend of alternative, fun and theatrical weddings. Based on the old Celtic festival of Samhain, the name ‘Halloween’ comes from Hallows’ Een or Hallows’ Eve: a day when the souls of the dead are said to revisit family homes, and spirits are set loose to roam the world. It is the festival that marks the transition into the dark half of the year: a time of autumn, winter and eventual rebirth. Here are a few ideas of how you can capture the exuberance, kitsch and drama of this wedding theme.
So many options here,The bride could wear anything from gothic bridal dresses ( Think Miss Haversham) to black-laced, full-vamp dresses. Orange and purple can also feature in bride and bridesmaid wear – as well as red, provided it’s blood red. The groom, best man and father of the bride can wear top hat and tails: perhaps something antiquated. The look can be elegant and dramatic or gothic and fun. This stunning frock from Vera Wang is just perfect for your halloween wedding!
When it comes to wedding invitations, programs, table name cards and other signage you can really go to town. How about Ouija themed invitations? Tarot cards as table placing – A book of spells as a wedding register. Or go for something simple and gothic:
Red Bubble ship spooky stationary all over the world and have a wide range of products.
For the ultimate Halloween wedding you should tie the knot in a graveyard, or in an ancient crypt or abandoned gothic chapel. A country Manor, castle or church would also work – just steer clear of modern buildings: they just aren’t spooky enough. Aughill Castle in Cumbria, is spectacularly eerie and romantic.
Think carefully about lighting. Obviously you’ll want candles, candles and more candles (but be wary of fire hazards). How about candelabras on the wedding tables? Or sugar skull shaped tea light holders?Guests could be given jack-o-lanterns to carry (perhaps painted black?). If your church or chapel is surrounded by trees make willow-the-wisp lights to dance about the naked branches.Given the nature of weather during the autumn, with a bit of luck the surrounding church grounds and cemetery will be covered in a blanket of mist but you could always hire a smoke machine. Think about how you can create the perfect atmosphere: use an incense censor to perfume the air, ring the church bells before and after the ceremony. Instead of music consider a choir.
The Wedding Feast
For the wedding cake, you could contact a specialist to design something to your Halloween theme. Skeletons, bats, cobwebs and ghouls could all feature. We are blessed in Brighton to have Choccywoccydoodah who’s forte it is to create out of this world magical wedding cakes.
Disembodied eyes or confectionaries that look like blood and guts are options for the uncompromising. Maybe you could even have trick-or-treat cupcakes: the trick ones spiced with chilli. The options are endless.
For flowers there are so many options You could use dried or pressed flowers or spiky cacti. How about dark purple cala lilies, spiney piney’s or purple parasols. Artificial flowers in black would make a dramatic bouquet tied together with dark lace. And don’t forget to give the wedding guests confetti to throw. Black confetti. I particularly like this Black Satin bouquet available from Go Botanica
Hopefully this has given you a few spooktacular ideas for a Halloween wedding!