Today I’ve learned a new word: HALLOWEDDING.
Fortunately it is easy to explain…. it means that you've decided to have a magical, mysterious and nightly wedding party the 31st of October and that you are going to say “ I DO” in the scariest day of the year. Find below some ideas to add the "Halloween atmosphere" to your wedding
An historic, glamorous and ghosts’ haunted space, would be perfect for an Hallowedding. The location should exude a feeling of mystery. I would recommend an old space like a cathedral, an historic building with lofty ceilings and pre-war architecture, or a stone castle with drafty stone corridors but lavish banquet rooms. An Hallowedding would be ideal for a destination wedding at a castle in Europe, especially in Transylvania ( The Dracula’s land)
About the "Hallowedding" menu, ask your caterer to propose dishes with pumpkins, pomegranates, mushrooms and nuts: a good salad with apple slices and walnuts, a delicious squash soup, and mini beets pies. Choose unusual cocktails like a "Black-Cherry Martinis" (black vodka mixed with cherry juice, raspberries and blueberries) in black martini glasses or a "Pumpkin Divine Martinis" (vodka and pear puree mixed with pumpkin butter, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg). The "Candy buffets" are still very popular as desserts or favors. Let guests "trick-or-treat" at the end of the night with an Halloween-styled dessert buffet, including a pumpkin pies, a pumpkin cake pops, or a delightful apple crumble dessert!
The wedding cake, the centerpiece of the reception as it’s on display all evening, can be a classic white cake with a pumpkin-spiced flavor, or be more elaborate with a black chocolate's decorations and red roses, or other themed decor. In order to add more fun, use a skeleton-bride and a groom-topper.
Regarding the decorations, talk to your floral designer about including the oranges, reds and brown colors of the fall season. He can also add mini and small-sized pumpkins, gourds, berries to make your decorations more Halloween-themed and romantic. For centerpieces, use some shades of purple, vermillion and black like black roses, vermilion calla lilies, black feathers, small branches, and tons of candles . To create a dramatic and gothic atmosphere, hang antique crystal chandeliers from the ceiling over the dance floor, attach black feather wreaths to the windows or doors, place large arrangements of natural branches in mercury glass vases. You can also cover the tables with black tablecloths and small mirrors. Then, use an eclectic mix of crystal goblets, white porcelain, purple wedding chargers, and black napkins with silver napkin holders. Lili Wedding Rome suggests to use golden candelabras with white candles, dripping wax. In this case ( black theme) you should use arrangements of white blossoms—like hydrangeas and garden roses—of different heights and sizes. If the chosen location has a fireplace, light it to give a special touch or fill it with pillar candles of various heights. Add a “Till death do us part” sign to your table.
The couple who loves Halloween and wants to set its atmosphere but keep the invites more formal than festive should use invitations with Gothic fonts and custom colors ( black, red, silver, gold, purple). This will keep the theme in mind but will let your guests know that this event is a Wedding!!!
When it comes to your wedding dress, try touches of color and antique embellishments -- a dark-hued sash cinched at the waist with an embellished brooch would look chic. Try a black veil, for example a black birdcage veil with chenille dots, a pair of gloves, or antique jewelry in order to be more charming. If you prefer a different style you could opt for a dress from the Vera Wang Bridal Collection, which is my favorite black dresses' collection ever. If you would like to try something different, you should wear a mysterious mask like the Venice Carnival’s ones
HAIRSTYLE AND MAKEUP
The Victorian women believed its hair the most charming part of their bodies so why don't you add a little Victorian elegance to your look? Allow yourself an hairstyle with a slightly mussed Victorian-style wedding updo. Do you prefer to have your hair down? Ask your stylist to create a loose half-up style with long, flowing curls pulled back with an antique bejeweled hairclip. Keep your makeup sophisticated with a slightly darker eyeliner or lipstick color. Choose a deep plum eyeliner and a rich raspberry color for your lips..
HOW TO GET INSPIRATION:
1) Rent your favorite vampire movie and check out the sets as inspiration for decorating. Gothic was setting--it was all gloomy forests, dank cellars, secret passages, tomb-like dungeons, lightning, thunder, fog, and moonlight.
2) Hit your local library and look for books on Victorian Halloween celebrations. Victorian-era Halloween parties went full on flirting games and "who will be my husband?" fortune-telling, so you may be able to find “love-and-marriage” related party suggestions.
3) Read again our blogpost