Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Halloween Wedding?

With Halloween about a month away, I feel inspired to show some spooky, yet stunning ideas. While the idea of a Halloween theme might scream (pun-intended) "tacky" to some people, I think that, done properly, you can still have a gorgeous wedding.

You could do an outright halloween theme, with cobwebs, spiders, and typical halloween colours (black, deep purples):

Or you could choose to follow more of an autumn theme, with certain "Halloween" accents (ie: a candy buffet). If you're after a more traditional approach to your wedding, this option is certainly your best bet.

Speaking of a candy buffet - no Halloween themed wedding is complete without one! The majority of candy buffets at weddings feature typical treats like licorice and jordan almonds. For a Halloween themed wedding, I would go all out with clich√© candy such as:
- miniature chocolate bars
- miniature bags of chips (reminiscent of trick-or-treating days without the disappointment of a crushed package)
- candy corn

The candy buffet can also double as a favour station - just leave some cute bags or boxes with a sign, and you instantly have favours for guests to take home.

Other ways to add halloween flare without an all out halloween bash?

Cake and cake alternatives

Cake pops, cupcakes, and traditional cake can all be transformed into something spooky, yet tasteful (and tasty!)

Photo Booth
In lieu of asking guests to come dressed in costume, you could provide opportunity to dress up briefly at the wedding! Replace traditional photo booth props with more halloween inspired props (ie: scarier masks, wigs, and costumes).

Signature drinks
How about a couple of signature bride and groom drinks on the menu?

Apple cider martini

Recipe very slightly adapted from Martha Stewart
Yields 1 Martini

IngredientsBlack decorating sugar, for rim
1 apple, chopped
1/2 lime, cut into wedges
1/2 lime juice, for rim
1 ounce maple syrup
1 ounce apple cider
2 ounces vodka (plain or apple flavoured)
Club soda
1. Have decorating sugar on a plate, ready to use. Moisten the rim of a martini glass with lime juice and dip the rim of the glass in the sugar.
2.In a cocktail shaker, muddle apple cubes and lime wedges. Add syrup, cider, and vodka; fill with ice. Cover and shake. Strain into prepared martini glass; top with club soda.

For those who prefer beer over liquor, fall is when seasonal pumpkin beer makes its debut. You may have to ask your venue (and perhaps pay a fee) to stock a specialty for you.

Pumpkin Ale

I am all for weddings reflecting couples. If a wedding that makes a haunted house look innocent is what you're after, I say go for it! However, if you're looking for a way to incorporate some fun, halloween inspiration into your wedding, it is possible to do without sacrificing the "dream wedding" that you imagine.

  • Have you ever been to a Halloween wedding? Would you do it yourself?

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