While holidays like the Fourth of July, Christmas, and Easter make popular and beautiful wedding themes, let's face it: Halloween isn't usually given the same treatment. It is difficult to transform the haunted, devilish themes of Halloween into a refined, sophisticated celebration that won't look too costumey or silly. However, by incorporating dark, gothic colors like black and red and subtle details inspired by the holiday into a classically pretty design, you can throw a beautiful celebration with the perfect hint of mystery – ideal for lovers of Halloween!
Choose black accessories, like shoes, jewelry, and nail polish, for a small hint of gothic style. Or, go bold and wear a dress with black details! For flowers, you'll want to favor rich colors over pastels, and even pair them with black ribbons and vases. Plenty of candlelight and themed drinks enhance the dark and glamorous wedding style. Just be sure to utilize white as an accent color to keep the celebration fresh and refined.
See how real couples channeled alternative, gothic style into elegant celebrations, below!
Black detailing makes your bridal gown not-so-innocent! Many designers, like Vera Wang (above), have been incorporating black into their collections, so there are more options than you'd think! Photo by Joseph Lin Photography
Stone walls and iron chandeliers are perfect for a medieval-goth reception. Photo by Jared Platt Photography; Consulting by Amy Mancuso Events
An all-red reception embellished with touches of black achieves a gothic effect, without being too dark. Photo by John Solano Photography; Consulting by Levine Fox Events; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers
A black and white reception is sophisticated and modern – perfect for a non-traditional couple. Photo by Kortnee Kate Photography; Consulting by Viva Bella Events
Choose drinks that enhance your theme, like a black martini! Photo by Kortnee Kate Photography; Consulting by Viva Bella Events
An ideal cake for a goth yet glam couple: white cake trimmed with black lace. Photo by John Solano; Consulting by Levine Fox Events