Planning your wedding can be stressful, but it should also be an opportunity to show your personal and creative side. Many people are embracing themed weddings and one of these is having a Halloween wedding. A Halloween wedding can be an elegant event if it is planned and executed correctly. Inspired by Halloween wedding videos (such as the one below), here are some tips to get your wedding into the spooky holiday spirit.
It Begins With the Song
The wedding party entrance, whether it be at the ceremony and/or the reception, sets the mood of the wedding. So start your entrance with monster-related songs such as "Thriller," "Monster Mash," "Bad Romance," or a Rocky Horror Picture Show song. Coordinate your bridal party to do a zombie dance as they walk down the aisle or into the reception hall along with the song. Besides at the entrances, play Halloween-themed songs throughout the party. Depending on your theme, fun or dramatic, play haunting soundtracks from Phantom of the Opera, The Blob, Monster Mash, and The Adams Family, and other monster flicks during dinner and pop dance songs.
Set the Mood With Dark Lights
Nothing says Halloween more than purple, blue, orange, or red lighting. You can achieve this look with candles, tea lights, spot lights, uplights, and even colored Christmas lights. For example, make sure that each table has candles already dripping set in vintage candelabras or old wine bottles. If you have an outdoor garden, outline the trees in blue, purple, and orange with fake spider web stringing the branches. Place lit carved pumpkins along the aisle and pathways to guide your guests to the reception area.
Add some glitter and glam to your Halloween wedding with crystals. If you are going for a spooky but fun theme, you can purchase those skulls that are encrusted with crystals, choosing a specific color or going with simple silver. Sprinkle small quartz chips around your centerpieces to catch the light from the candles.
Get Everyone Into the Spirit
Wear diamond cut gold jewelry or silver jewelry that sparkle under the light in Halloween shapes such as bats, pumpkins, or ghosts. If you want to wear a more fashionable style, choose vintage-style rings and jewelry, resembling Count Dracula's era. Also, put your wedding guests in the Halloween spirit by inviting them to wear costumes to your reception. Pick a specific theme (such as a haunted castle, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or Sleepy Hollow), or leave it up to your guests to choose. Hold costume contests and award prizes to encourage your guests to participate.
Have 'em Trick or Treat
Halloween just isn’t Halloween without candy, especially chocolate, and you can create all kinds of centerpieces with chocolate and candy corn. You can have your guests "trick or treat" when get to the reception door and give them a favor bag full of candy or create different stations where your guests can go to and trick or treat for candy. Fill a glass pumpkin with chocolate eyeballs or put small jack-o-lanterns filled with Halloween treats decorated with black or purple silk ribbon as wedding favors at the table.
As you can see, there are so many fun and spooking things that you can do to create a spectacular and memorable Halloween wedding. Just think, what can your guests, see, smell, taste, and experience that will remind them of Halloween as they celebrate the most important thing -- your matrimony.