Photo: Jenna Rose Photography
Time to eat, drink and be scary! If you're getting married the weekend before Halloween (or any time during the month of October really), give your wedding guests a treat they won't soon forget with these spooktacularly boo-tiful Halloween wedding ideas in the spirit of the creepy cool holiday.
1. Try a trick or treat candy bar
Instead of a traditional dessert bar, why not give your guests the treat of choosing their own sweets from Halloween-themed bowls and jars on a decorated bar? Provide fun personalized trick or treat bags for your friends and family to take any extra goodies home in.
2. Use tons of candles or dramatic chandeliers
Spooktacularly beautiful lighting is a must, duh! Rachel Jo Silver, Founder of Love Stories TV, suggests bringing the holiday to light with dramatic chandeliers (think big, beautiful antique ones dripping with crystal and candles) or spooky nest-style chandeliers. "You can also use tons and tons of candles for a wonderfully ominous feel."
3. Turn miniature pumpkins into place card holders
Wedding planner Marilisa Schachinger of Martel Event recently worked with a bride whose birthday happened to fall on Halloween so to celebrate that they knew a subtle nod to the holiday was a must for her big day. "We used mini white pumpkins that doubled as a holder for guest place cards, as well as their take-away favors," she says. It was a huge hit and definitely not gaudy at all!
4. Make it a masquerade party
If you're not into the idea of turning the entire wedding into a full-on costume party, keep it upscale and opt for a masquerade ball theme instead. Have a fun assortment of masks for guests to choose from once the reception kicks off and dancing gets underway. Your friends and family will have a ball (literally), and it's a chic way to incorporate the holiday.
5. Create spooky signature cocktails
Or as the couple in the image above so perfectly dubbed them, "magical potions"! Work with your bartender to brew up a few favorites that are in the spirit (literally) of the holiday. And definitely don't be afraid to get creative with names and colors.
6. Have a Halloween-themed photo booth
There's no better way to get your guests in the spirit of the holiday than with a photo booth chocked full of Halloween costumes and props to play dress up in. Think lots of scary (and/or funny!) masks, wigs, swords, and the list goes on and on.