13 Stylish Halloween Wedding Decor Ideas
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Are you following unconventional wisdom and throwing a spook-tacular Halloween wedding? To that, we say: Congratulations, you creative, offbeat bride-to-be! We love the aesthetic possibilities inherent in a Halloween-themed wedding — and the decor choices run the gamut. On the tamer end, the style might lean toward festive rather than frightening by integrating pumpkin motifs and fall colors while remaining traditional in most regards. Somewhere in the middle is the wedding that includes glamorously gothic motifs taken from the steampunk world: Black lace, candelabras and Victorian touches. At the extreme end, a bride may dive fully into the Halloween theme by infusing her decor with dark floral centerpieces, skull motifs and classic characters of macabre origins (think: Frankenstein, Dracula and mummies). That bride might even invite guests to wear ghoulishly gorgeous costumes for the ultimate in Halloween chic. The dark, moonlit sky is the limit! Here, we’ve rounded up an epic selection of Halloween wedding decor ideas from your favorite retailers, including Etsy, Amazon and Zazzle. Now you can plan a wedding that’s as wicked as you want it to be.
Creating the Best Halloween Decor
If you’re throwing a Halloween-themed wedding and reception fête, you probably have good reason for doing so. Maybe Halloween has always been your favorite holiday. Maybe you have a cultural connection to Dia de los Muertos. Maybe you adore gothic style. Or maybe that’s the best date available for your venue of choice! Whatever the reason, spooky wedding accessories can create fun, yet tasteful decor. A halloween-themed wedding can include gothic table cards, a coffin-shaped ring box, a ghoulish cake topper (we love skeletons!), candy-inspired cocktails, black lace tablecloths and candles galore.
How to Attain Unique Halloween Wedding Decor
There is absolutely no reason why a Halloween-themed wedding should be any more expensive than a traditional one. Refer subtly to trick-or-treating by creating a Halloween-themed dessert bar: Include creepy cake pops designed in Halloween motifs, as well as crowd pleasers such as cotton candy and cupcakes topped with skull motifs. For a dose of candy-inspired nostalgia, top cocktails with rock candy sticks instead of typical garnishes (candy is cheaper than fruit!). Why not add a gingerbread haunted house as a dessert bar centerpiece? Kits are inexpensive, so you can DIY (make it a fun activity to do with your fiancé!). Ambient lighting is an inexpensive way to create some moody magic: Mass candles together in groups for the most impact. We’ve outlined a slew of low-cost ideas to help you create your hauntingly beautiful wedding on a budget.
If using all-black is too somber a move, add hints of black into a sophisticated palette for your Halloween affair. You can fold in tones of steel gray, moody lavender, venom green and ruby red, along with metallic accents. If you want to paint your wedding in the classic palette of orange and black, think about choosing enchanting imagery to keep the look sophisticated rather than childish. Choosing vintage visuals will keep the look elegant.
Choose your exact style, then pick elements that will work together cohesively. Remember that you want to embrace Halloween without being too macabre. Don’t make the reception look like a carnival’s haunted house, as we’re fairly sure guests don’t want to sip eyeball punch and eat finger-shaped cookies. Blend in some subtle Halloween charm without grossing out the guests.
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Fabrics should reflect the theme: This is not the time for rustic burlap (unless you can convey a “harvest festival” theme). You want to choose materials that are moody and romantic (in the darkest of ways, naturally). Think: metallic silver, black lace, smokey chiffon and purple tulle. By incorporating elegant tree limbs, lanterns and purple or black orchids you can complete the spellbinding aesthetic.
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