Halloween Weddings: Real Brides Share Their Halloween Wedding Ideas

From a haunted hotel theme to a trick-or-treat reception and bridesmaids with broomsticks, find out how Knotties are pulling off a Halloween wedding theme.
by Cait Rohan

"We're having a haunted hotel theme, hopefully at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts. We're going to have a dressed-up bellboy greet our guests and help them find their seats. Instead of having table numbers, each will feature a card that includes a room number and hotel from all over the United States. Below the room number and hotel, there will be a true haunted story about the room! The seating cards will include the room number (table) they'll be seated at. Our wedding centerpieces will be all different candelabras with a few black roses. We'll have goodie bags for the children, which will include Halloween stuff to keep them busy and out of trouble. Our ceremony will also follow the theme, including a twisted 'Wedding March,' which will sound just a bit creepy, and it will be held at night. My wedding dress is very untraditional too! And lastly our wedding favors will be sparkling cider bottles with customized labels. I can't wait!" --Mysticalbeauty

"My wedding is totally Halloween-themed. Dracula is marrying us. The bridesmaids and groomsmen are zombies. I'm even wearing a red dress. The best has to be the haunted house on a spooky hill wedding cake we're getting; the very talented Bronwen Weber is doing our wedding cake ! The programs are even coffin-shaped." --Scarywedding

"We're having a Halloween wedding this year. My fiance isn't into the whole Halloween theme, so we compromised on a masquerade ball at a mansion. The colors are white, black, and plum. Our flowers will be plum calla lilies and our favors are feathered and glitter masks. I did get to have my candy bar with all my favorite Halloween candy. I also snuck in a Halloween cake topper. Our ceremony and reception are going to be two different themes. The ceremony will have a white and black palette and take place outdoors. Then, as guests walk up to the front doors, they'll be welcomed by pumpkins on the steps. The colors inside will be plum and black; the only thing white will be my dress." --Tony&vanessag

"We're getting married next year on Halloween. It's going to be more of a fall theme with hints of Halloween. We're having scarecrows guide the way to the venue instead of balloons. If it's cold, we're going to have Halloween-y coffee cups with a cider and hot chocolate table. We're giving out kiddie gifts in mini plastic pumpkins. For favors, we'll have a candy table with Skittles, jelly beans, and other candy. Then, if we don't leave for our honeymoon on Saturday, we'll have a huge Halloween party that night for the young adults (we're doing a noon-ish wedding so families can take their kids trick-or-treating)." --T. Renee

"Getting married on 10/31/2009!! Woohoo! My three signature drinks are Pumpkin Martinis, Bloody Marys, and Black Cats. We're also having a fall feast instead of your traditional wedding dinner (beef, chicken, and fish). I'm serving pumpkin soup inside hollowed out pumpkins. And I'm carving over 50 jack-o'-lanterns for my reception decor." --K_GRZECH

"Our wedding is this Halloween, and we're having:

- baby pumpkins for the place cards

- Day of the Dead toasting flutes

- Day of the Dead cake topper

- entirely black and white decor: table linens, flowers, and so on

- a life-size talking skeleton bride & groom (for the cocktail hour area)"


"I've been to a Halloween wedding that had a dessert bar with caramel apples, frost-your-own sugar cookies (Halloween shapes and colors, of course), and mini pumpkin tarts. Their favors included a candy bar with typical trick-or-treat candy (mini candy bars, prepackaged candy) that you could put into cellophane goody bags. It also included a Halloween-themed picture frame and a dress-up trunk (seriously, this was an adult wedding except for the children in the wedding) where the photographer took pictures of us dressed up. Their flower girl wore a huge puffy dress and flowers in her hair and carried a wand made of branches and roses. It was super-cute and actually very classy." --HollyBerry28

"Our favors included wax fangs and lips. We had a candy bar filled with Halloween candy, like chocolate and peanut butter eyeballs, orange-and-black swirly suckers, jack-o'-lantern hard candies, and Halloween jelly candies....We also had masks and Halloween bubbles for everyone. We used pumpkin baskets and cauldrons for the candy table. We had fogging skulls at each bar. Our colors were orange, black, and purple. The tables alternated with orange and black chair sashes and table runners. Our centerpieces were orange roses....The bridesmaids wore 'witchy'-inspired dresses and carried brooms instead of bouquets. The ring bearer wore a vampire cape, and his mother styled his hair with a widow's peak. He carried a pumpkin pillow with our rings. I wore a rhinestone spider brooch in my hair that I found at the flea market."


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