Wedding Lessons From Our Favorite Spooky Brides (Just In Time For Halloween!)

Hair & Beauty, Hair & Beauty, Wedding Dresses
Halloween wedding guests

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It doesn't matter if you're getting married on Halloween or smack-dab in the middle of summer. Horror-movie brides rock some truly fierce wedding-day looks! What can a bride-gone-wrong teach you about beauty and fashion for your wedding? While you might not want to rock pasty skin and spiders on your big day, these scary ladies are good to keep in mind for avoiding wedding-day blunders, and keep you looking your best.

Miss Havisham

Miss Havisham

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The creepy spinster of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations (and its many film adaptations) refuses to take off her ripped and ratty wedding dress, even years after a disastrous trip down the aisle (which, trust us, is not going to happen to you with these tips!). Surprisingly, there's a lot a bride can learn about how to pick and care for her own dress, like:

DO pick a dress that you'll feel comfortable spending a lot of time in. While you might not wear it nonstop for decades like Havisham, weddings are full day (and night!) affairs. During your fittings, make sure nothing is poking, prodding, itchy or scratchy.

DON'T forget to get your wedding dress cleaned and preserved (if you want to have it for years to come). A dress hanging in a closet is prone to discoloration, wear, and rips over time.

The Bride Of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein

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Not many people can pull off a towering black beehive and a dark lip, but the Bride of Frankenstein is one of them. If you're having trouble deciding on hair and makeup, take some tips from this striking bride:

DON'T shy away from a strong hair or makeup look. You still want to look like yourself, but it's a big day, so you rock some big makeup!

DO schedule a trial run on your hair and makeup before the big day, especially if you're trying something new. You want to make sure you look fantastic, not frightening, and ironing out any kinks before the actual wedding will help the whole day run smoother.

The Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride

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The Claymation star of Tim Burton's musical manages to look great even from beyond the grave. Want to steal a little of her style? All you need to do is:
DO try new ideas for your "something blue". We're not saying to dye your hair like the Corpse Bride (though that would be pretty cool), but try a blue-tinted gown, racy turquoise lingerie, or azure shoes.
DON'T be afraid of unconventional accessories, like a dried flower crown or lacy, fingerless gloves like the Corpse Bride's.

Keep in mind, these tips aren't just for Halloween (and can work well for your bridesmaids, too!) While undead brides might be frightening, there's no reason planning your wedding should be!

—Caitlin Van Horn

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