Halloween Theme Wedding

Halloween is not just for children, adults love it too. If you and your fiancé are among the adults that really enjoy Halloween, a Halloween Theme Wedding may be perfect for you. Real Life couples inspire us with their creative and out-of-the-box ideas for Halloween weddings. Here are some of our favorite ones.

The Overall Theme

A Halloween theme wedding does not necessarily have to be held on Halloween, it could be held the weekend before as long as it is as close to Halloween as possible.

The options are endless for what kind of Halloween wedding to have:

1. Fall: You could have an elegant Halloween/Harvest theme decorated in rich fall colors like reds, golds, and oranges with black accents using pumpkins, gourds, squash, and Indian corn as decorating elements.

2. Costume party: You could have a costume ball or masquerade with the bride in groom in lavish wedding attire and the guests would be invited to wear to wear costumes as well.

3. Scary: You could have a spooktacular wedding event with all the Halloween trimmings; cauldrons, skeletons, ghosts, jack-o-lanterns and more.

4. Elegant: Or you could go with a classic wedding with a touch of black and more Halloween elements.

Planning Ahead

Planning ahead can save you a lot of money. If you plan your wedding at least a year ahead of time you can get tons of Halloween accessories on clearance after Halloween. Things to look out for; strands of Halloween lights, black and orange candles, Halloween novelty candles, witches cauldrons and broomsticks, skeleton bride and groom decorations, Halloween theme goblets to use as toasting goblets, ceramic or resin pumpkins, gourds, and other Halloween decorations, garlands of leaves and fall flowers or berries, goodie bags for wedding favors, small novelty items to use as favors – such as mini coffins, skeleton heads, candles, etc.

Halloween Wedding Color Schemes

The best color schemes to go with could be the traditional black and orange, or black and red. The groom and groomsmen could all wear black; the bridesmaids could wear black or red dresses.

Halloween Wedding Ideas
Black and Orange: The Bridal Party at the Halloween wedding of Leslie Perales and Stevan Loges of Reston, VA posing at the Pumpkin Patch Photographer: Joe Brier of The Happy Couple of Falls Church

Attire

The bride could even wear a black or red dress or go with a traditional white dress in a gothic style.

Bride's Dress for a Halloween Wedding
Halloween Bridal Style

She could wear a long form fitting dress with draped sleeves or a dress with a corset style bodice.

Bloody Touches

Adding a touch of blood makes things even more ‘Halloweeny’! Check out our blood dripping wedding cakes below and take inspiration from the Galloway couple who wore blood-splattered wedding dresses on their Halloween wedding day:

Blood Splattered Halloween Wedding Attire
The Bride and the Groom in Blood Splattered Halloween Wedding Attire Photo Credit: Emrys Roberts of Rough Edit Productions

‘Webby’ Bridesmaids Dresses

At Reanne and Nigel’s Halloween Wedding, the bridesmaids all wore black and white dresses with spider webbed jackets.

Halloween Wedding Bridesmaids Dresses
Halloween Wedding Bridesmaids wearing spider web jackets. Photo Credits: Joe Mott

Table Settings

Add a fun Halloween touch to the wedding table settings by printing Halloween puzzles and riddles as Napkin rings.

Halloween Wedding Table Setting
Halloween Wedding Table Setting Idea from Jake and Katie’s Halloween Wedding. Photo Credit: Karl Norling

The Witch Hat place setting cards at this wedding looked lovely grouped together along with Pumpkin Bubble wands and a giant inflatable pumpkin card holder. The Skeleton Bride and Groom sang “I’ve Got You Babe…”

Halloween Wedding Table Decoration
Halloween Wedding Table Decoration. Photo: Porphyria Poppins

Fall Gourds make pretty and inexpensive table centerpieces for any Halloween Wedding. Halloween confetti adds the special touch.

Halloween Wedding Pumpkin Centerpiece
Grouped pumpkins and gourds with candles made a lovely fall centerpiece at Cynthia and Joe’s wedding. Photo: Cynthia Donovan

Decorations & Flowers

Halloween Pumpkin Wedding Decoration
Decorate with Carved Jack-O-Lanterns

Centerpieces and decorations could range from candles in wrought iron candelabras, pumpkins carved into jack-o-lanterns, gourds and squash surrounding candles on a mirror tile, black cauldrons with floating candles, or for a more elegant wedding you could opt for fall leaves or fall flowers arranged into a centerpiece. The possibilities are endless.

Monogrammed Jack-O-Lanterns
Monogrammed Jack-O-Lanterns at Jake and Katie’s Halloween Wedding. Photo Credit: Karl Norling
Halloween Wedding Decoration
Go all out and create a spooky set for your Halloween Wedding.Photography Credits: George E. Norkus
A Special Halloween Touch: From Jim and Darcy's Halloween Wedding
A Special Halloween Touch: From Jim and Darcy’s Halloween Wedding. Photo Credit: Lana

For your bouquets you could use red, orange, or even black roses. You could have accents of gold and black ribbons. Depending on your style you could even incorporate spider webs or other fun Halloween items into your wedding bouquets.

Wedding Cake

Your wedding cake can be elegant, fun or gothic depending upon the overall theme of your Halloween wedding. Here are some inspiring Halloween wedding cakes:

Halloween Wedding Cake
Jim and Darcy’s Halloween Wedding Cake. Photo Credits: Lana
Halloween Wedding Black and White Cake
Helen and Trac’s Elegant Halloween Wedding Cake. Photo Credits: Impact Sounds
Gothic Red Black Halloween Wedding Cake
Going Gothic for Your Halloween Wedding? Try Red and Black for the Cake. Photo Credit: Jane Rawson
Blood Dripping Halloween Wedding Cake
The Blood Dripping icing on the tiers takes the cake! Photo: Joe Whitsitt

We have more ideas for Halloween wedding cakes here.

Menu

Make sure to include apple cider and donuts on your menu, nothing says Fall and Halloween more than apple cider and donuts. On the guest tables you could put little cups of candy corn and nuts for snacks. You could have a buffet of Halloween inspired food. Check out recipe books for Halloween parties, they have fun ideas for spooky Halloween themed food.

Special Touches

Make sure the DJ has plenty of Halloween song favorites on hand for the reception including “Monster Mash”, “Thriller”, the theme from “Ghostbusters” and any other of your favorite Halloween songs. Make sure to hire a DJ that has a good light system and fog machine to add special effects to the dance floor. Other entertainment that you could include might be a fortune teller, palm reader, tarot card reader or something similar.

Halloween Wedding Guestbook
Guest Scrapbook Page from Danielle and Nathan’s Halloween Wedding. Photo Credits: Danielle DeLisle

A Halloween wedding lends itself to both, Floral and Non-Floral Bridal Bouquets. Leslie Perales – the lovely bride from Reston, VA, inspires with this non-floral wedding bouquet made of Halloween lollipops she carried at her Halloween wedding.

Halloween Lollipop Bridal Bouquet
Halloween Lollipop Bridal Bouquet. Photo: The Happy Couple

Another special touch you can add to your Halloween wedding is to request your officiant to dress up in a costume if you are planning a costume party. Officiants receive plenty of unusual requests and are glad to co-operate.

Halloween Wedding Officiant
The Wedding Officiant at the Galloway’s Halloween Wedding. Photo Credit: Emrys Roberts of Rough Edit Productions

Favors

There are more options than Halloween candy (which is in some way or the other going to make it to your wedding) for Halloween wedding favors. Quirky couple Wendy and Marty gave their guests these Skeleton Figurines with a note “Thanks for Hanging with us on our most Spooktacular Day”!

Skeleton Halloween Wedding Favors
Skeleton Halloween Wedding Favors. Photo: Kim Musgrove

Photography Ideas

A Halloween wedding is the perfect setup for some memorable photo opportunities. If you are planning costumes for yourselves and the guests, do not forget to each one in their attire. Here are some more ideas.

Halloween Wedding Photo Idea
Even if you decide not too go all out with the costumes, you can do pose just once for a keepsake.
Halloween Wedding Bride Groom Photo
The Bride and Groom pose for a memorable Halloween photo for their wedding album. Photo: TillyWhirl

Whatever Halloween style you incorporate and however you decide to decorate, your Halloween Theme Wedding will be a memorable event for everyone involved.