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.
Choose flowers in deep, dark colors
Don't be afraid of veering away from traditional blush and white for your bouquet and centerpieces—we love this mix of deep plums and burgundies to really set the mood of your day.
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."
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 holders for guest place cards as well as their take-away favors," she says. It was a huge hit and definitely not gaudy at all!
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 under way. Your friends and family will have a ball (literally), and it's a chic way to incorporate the holiday.
Create spooky signature cocktails
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.
Add creepy (but chic!) details to your paper goods
You don't have to get too thematic to set the mood of your Halloween wedding. Add subtle details to your paper goods to get the point across, like with these beautifully hand-painted gold bug place cards by Bernard Maisner.
Set dark, dramatic tables
Setting the mood of your Halloween wedding doesn't have to be too literal. Setting the table with black taper candles, dark, moody lighting, and black and deep gray plates and accents makes for a moody (and dare we say sexy?) atmosphere.
Get spooky with chic insect accessories
Yeah, that's right, we said it! Bug jewelry and details are trending and we're into it. And what better time to get away with something this edgy than during a Halloween wedding? Nothing too kitschy, but there are tons of beautiful and elegant options out there.
Add unexpected slithery pieces to your table
Nothing says creepy (but cool) like a serpent table accessory (at least in our book!). Get some sleek snake candleholders or salt and pepper shakers like these from CB2.
Choose a cake with some black accents
For the most dramatic effect, we suggest a modern, dark cake, but since we know that may not be everyone's cup of tea, try something that has touches of black, like this simple and clean one by Sainte G. Cake Company.