I am getting married on Halloween of '09. I know it's far away, but I have no clue where to start on anything.
Ann from Galloway, NJ
If you check out www.carvingpumpkins.com and www.pumpkinglow.com they have some very cool wedding themed patterns for pumpkin carving. We had our baby shower in October 2004 and we carved pumpkins for that and got a lot of compliments. (01/17/2007)
Carve out one pumpkin for each letter of the name of the bride and groom. Spell out the name of the bride and groom by drilling holes to make each letter. Light the interiors with a string of electric Christmas lights. My daughter did this for her wedding. The pumpkins were displayed on top of some hay bales. May your marriage be blessed. (01/19/2007)
I am having a Halloween Masquerade Ball wedding and costumes are mandatory. My fiance and I are Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. It is gonna be so fun. I am excited. We are getting wigs and Fleur de lis jewelry and a skeleton couple from Victorian Day Dress Cake Topper. There will be scroll invitations and Red Velvet Cake. I am having gold candelabras and balloons all over, everywhere. I found a lot of sites and Ebay is awesome for masks. (04/21/2007)
I too, am getting married on Halloween, October 31 2007. I am getting my inexpensive cake done at Fred Meyers actually, it's a white whipped frosting with orange swirls and black lace. The tiers are split up, not on top of each other. So the bottom and top tiers are white cake and the middle is a chocolate cake. I also am using Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas as our cake toppers, I got them @ hottopic.com which is located in Portland.
My brother and sister-in-law had a Halloween wedding, it was pretty cool. They lined the isle with jack o' lanterns, which was pretty cool, but my suggestion was to use white pumpkins and instead of regular jack o' lantern faces, carve wedding type themes into them. Think bells, a dove, hearts, etc. you get the idea. (01/16/2008)
I saw a really cute idea that Sea World did this Halloween in San Antonio, TX. They painted pumpkins after carving. They had pink, purple, green, you name it. You might try painting pumpkins for your wedding in your wedding colors. (01/16/2008)
How about doing the place cards on die-cut leaves and hang them from a branch (so it looks like the leaves have fallen off the tree). Spray paint the branch black and it will look great for Halloween. I love the carved pumpkins ideas posted. You can also buy the fake pumpkins that you carve. That way you can do them well in advance. Check out Oriental Trader. They have a ton of stuff for each holiday and their prices are great. (01/17/2008)
I got engaged in April of 07 and mine is Halloween 08. Hit the stores as soon Halloween merchandise comes out, usually Aug-Sept and if there is anything you really really love buy it. I made the mistake of waiting for the end of season sales and lost a lot of stuff. The after Halloween sales are great, Hobby Lobby was amazing. Party City didn't have too much of a sale, but I was a manager there for years and I know that if you simply ask for a discount from the store manager they will usually give you one.
We are going all out, my red dress, the bridesmaids and groomsmen are zombies and even Dracula is marrying us. (03/17/2008)
I am also getting married on 10/31/09. I think it is a lot harder than I thought. I am getting married at a haunted castle, and having it as a costume party. I bought the blood drip candles. I love them. You know they are white, but when they melt they are red. That's about all I got. I hope it helps. (04/18/2008)
I hate to say it but Martha Stewart Halloween has been my best resource for my Halloween wedding ideas. We want Halloween without getting tacky, and there is a really fine line so we are really focusing on the reception. There are fog machines, but also a lot of lanterns, curly willow and lots of pumpkins. We are having drilled pumpkins lit as you walk towards the building and big monogrammed pumpkins at the door.
The tables at the reception will be themed by the carved pumpkin centerpieces and parents' tables have pumpkins with black and white Halloween pictures of us as kids on them. There are so many great ideas for decor etc. on the web it just takes a while to find them and yes, check out Martha. I have found it surprisingly affordable and if you are into doing stuff yourself check out saveoncrafts.com for stuff like vases and lights. (05/09/2008)
We are also having a Halloween 2009 wedding. We have thought of a few ideas. There's Victorian, Steampunk, Gothic, Flapper/Gangster, 50's retro/rockabilly.You could do anything. We are thinking of saying our vows at an old historic cemetery. We are having orange stick candles and asking the guests to dress in costume. We are also having the officiant dress in costume like a historic justice of the peace with a powdered wig.
We are probably going to serve cider and sangria as our signature drinks. The cake will either be Red Velvet or pumpkin cake. Our food will be a bunch of hors d' oeuvers like old school candy and caramel apples and roasted pumpkin seeds. The bridesmaids are going to be "ladies in waiting". I am having the hardest time with a reception location and a dress for myself. I think I may get a Simplicity pattern for an old Victorian gown and change the fabrics to be all white or red.
Ebay has a lot of skeleton cake toppers. There are a lot of black rose petals and things on there too. "Day of the Dead" themed stuff could be appropriate for you, too. Hope this helps and congrats to all of you awesome ladies that are joining us in our Hollow-vows. (05/24/2008)
I also planned on having a Halloween wedding in New Orleans at the wax museum in 2005, but hurricane Katrina hit. I have tons of links for Halloween stuff. Better Homes and Gardens has a lot of great Halloween ideas. Most of the things I purchased came from Joann's Fabrics when they put their Halloween items on sale. I waited for the 70% off. A few days after Halloween. Michael's also has great sales after Halloween. Save your coupons. (06/14/2008)
Take the day off on November 1st and go to all the party supply stores. You will find Halloween supplies, decorations, and costumes with major discounts. I got most of my wedding decorations 50 to 75% off. (06/14/2008)
Congrats. I am planning a Halloween wedding for 09 as well. I'm going a bit more Gothic than "traditional" Halloween. The idea is to be more elegant than campy. Our centerpieces are all found candelabras from random antique shops in our area. I'm adorning them with silk roses and hypericum berries. Our wedding party table will be covered with black Italian lace to give it a more "formal/ coffin" appeal.
My dress is traditional, a Maggie Sottero, which I would recommend to anyone. My bridesmaids are wearing black dresses of their choosing, and the groomsmen are going with black on black pinstripes.
The favors are also found items (old keys collected from garage sales/ rummage sales/ antique shops). These are "skeleton keys" with a ribbon and tag attached in coordinating colors and wedding date and information. "Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness." (Oliver Wendall Holmes)
I am doing the bouquets for the entire wedding party, in shades ranging from blood red to a rusty orange. Our cake is simple 3 tiers with Red Velvet (my favorite), Carrot cake, and simple white cake. Still deciding on the look of it though, collecting images from the net helps. It's an evening wedding of course with lots of candlelight.
In lieu of feeding a ton of guests, we've decided to do a candy bar for the kids and adults alike. Traditional Halloween candy as well as a dessert bar for a more refined palette should give my quests plenty to choose from all evening. Fabric, drama and lighting are the key components to making my dream wedding come true. Congratulations to you and best wishes. (06/15/2008)
We are also planning a Halloween wedding in 2009, I am going for the more elegant Gothic style. We are actually getting married in an old historic opera house, and having the reception on the second floor ballroom. My colors are black, white, and silver, my flowers are going to be Cali lillies, my dress is traditional but with a black satin sash around the waist. We are going to carve pumpkins with our names and hearts and stuff like that. We're also going to have mini pumpkins painted silver, and dead potted trees strung with lights, we are going to use fog machines to give the reception that creepy look. Good luck to all get married 10-31-09. (07/02/2008)
My daughter is getting married on Halloween of 08. She is wearing a black and red with black lace wedding gown. The groom is wearing black and red with a top hat and cape. When they say you may kiss the bride, they are going to bit each others neck instead. They both have black wedding bands. The cake is a 3 tier with blood (icing) dripping down the cake. Cake topper is corpse bride. Center pieces: glass bowl with red water and floating eyeballs, skeleton hands holding candles. Having a trick or treat candy table. (09/05/2008)
I am also getting married on Halloween 2008, have planned a lovely magical wedding during the day, with formal gown etc., medieval wedding dress. We are doing a formal day wedding with a nice lunch finishing at 5pm. We are then having an all night ghost hunt party in the evening going to 3 venues.
I am also getting married 10.31.09 in the Catholic church and my colors are purple and orange. I found the perfect bridesmaid dresses from Alexia Couture #802 the color is called coppertone, although it is iridescent and in person looks burnt orange with a purple sheen. The dresses "pop" next to the purple groomsmen's vests. The groomsmen will also be wearing customized Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers. If you create a login at converse.com you can make any type of Converse you want. They even have skull patterns. Our gift to the groomsmen are skull cuff links that I got on eBay during the winter for a lot cheaper than they retail.
My centerpieces are submerged skull heads (that I found on eBay) with LED lights in 15" vases with a ribbon wrapped around the neck and flowers and branches. (not as tacky as it may sound.) My favors are ceramic jack-o-lantern tea light holders that I bought at Michael's on sale. I also got flameless tea lights on eBay for them and the "stem/leaf" is a green ribbon with our name and date. The ribbons from eBay again. My table place cards are 7" tombstones from Oriental Trading. I am building a graveyard scene in the entrance way of the reception where guests will pick their tombstone with their name and table # to locate their seating. We are having signature candy corn martinis, cream soda, vanilla vodka and candy corn garnish, as well as Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes with dessert. Contact your local Starbucks for pricing.
I also am having a vampire living statue, a live band and a photo booth that can hold up to 17 people at a time. The reception hall is big enough holding up to 700 people although we are having between 250-300 people. Our invitations are from tinytidings.com #c657. Our save the dates are magnets with the same border as the invitation. I had a fake pumpkin carved with our names from at Michael's that I took a picture of, for the save the dates which will also be displayed at the head table.
I put the magnets in a small silver envelope that I stamped with black ink spider webs and put black rhinestones, also from eBay, in the centers. Then I tacked them with a purple and orange spider (like spider ring but cut the ring part) to a black filler card. I then stamped it with silver ink to say "open if you dare" and placed them inside a standard silver envelope to mail. (They are very Martha Stewart looking.)
I am hoping to have a formal, elegant Halloween wedding with a twist. I started planning 2 years in advance and am very crafty which is helping with cost. I also want to do purple and orange can lighting around the room.
There is a site buycostumes.com that has tons of decorations for cheap. Also, you can do a lot of like center pieces for the tables and such your self. (01/03/2009)
I'm getting married Oct 24th, 2009 and am having a Halloween wedding as well. I've found lots of great stuff for it so far and just wanted to share some of my ideas.
There are skeleton bride and groom statues from a line called "Love Never Dies". I purchased one and am going to encircle it with red and black flowers for my cake topper. I'm making the cake myself and am thinking of doing a checkerboard cake on the inside (google if you are wondering what I'm talking about or how to do) in Red Velvet and white cake and then decorate the outside with red frosting and black flowers. We kind of have a black and red theme going on. The groom's cake is going to be one if those Oreo dirt cakes with a zombie dude coming out of a grave.
I bought some champagne glasses from Party City that were on clearance for $15 (originally $30). They have no bottom to them, but set in this silver heart stand. I plan to give it a little twist too. It has a heart pendant that hangs in the middle. I'm going to replace it with a Swarovski studded skull pendant I found on emitations.com. Of course we will have dark red wine for our toast to simulate blood.
I found little plastic pots at Party City that are supposed to be for St Patty's Day (to fill with gold candy chocolates like a pot of gold). They look like little mini cauldrons. I have no idea what I want to put in them yet, but I think they are perfect for favors. I also bought some chocolate molds off of a site, www.mexicansugarskull.com. They are skeleton bride and groom bars. I'm going to cast the skeleton part in white chocolate and the bar part in dark chocolate and maybe add some peppermint flavor for the hell of it. Then I'm going to wrap them in red foil and a paper wrapper that has a Mexican Day of the Dead skull picture on one side and our info on the other. I went to JoAnn's and got a bunch of chocolate molds on clearance too for pumpkins, bats, skulls, etc.
I am making my dress as well. I bought some flocked organza that has a black and white pattern that looks like damask at a glance. When you look at it again you see that it has bats, spiders, and skulls in the pattern. I got it from Joann's online and it was on clearance for 4.00 a yd. Originally $10 a yd. I'm doing a renaissance style A-line dress with a train that detaches (think Drew Barrymore in "Ever After", but without the wings. Although I may end up doing wings, can't decide). The majority of the dress will be in the black and white fabric and the inset on the front is going to be dark red taffeta. My fiance is going to wear swashbuckler garb, something between Johnny Depp in "Pirates" and the dude from "Stardust". I'm still looking for the best pattern to use. I'm making his vest from Alexander Henry fabric called "skullduggery", an elaborate skull pattern. His coat will be long, knee length and dark red brocade and he will don sword and all. I am wearing my hair up and my veil is black lace with skeleton hand clips I bought from a shop on www.etsy.com.
I also commissioned a lady from Etsy to make my wedding jewelry. She made a tiered necklace from silver, garnet, and onyx and made my maid of honor a simple necklace and earrings with the same garnets she used on mine for my gift to her for being my maid of honor. Her shop is "Piano Bench Designs" and she is extremely talented. They are so beautiful.
My daughter is my flower girl and she will be a fairy. Instead of throwing stuff on the ground she's going to throw candy to the crowd. My son is the ring bearer and he will be a hobbit. My maid of honor is going to be a butterfly and the best man is going to be a 20's style gangster. We left their costumes up to them.
For the invitation, I bought black cards and envelopes at Michael's and inkadinkadoo has a really elegant line or Halloween stamps. Elaborate spider webs and pumpkins with curling vines, bats with flourishes, that type stuff. I bought silver ink to stamp them with and will hand write the info on the inside.
Costumes are required and it will be an informal family and friend gathering no more then 30 people or so.
It will be outside at dusk with a candlelight dinner following. My family cooks great Cajun and Mexican food. I also saw this mini caramel apple thing in a magazine. You take a melon baller and scoop out pieces of apple, dry the pulp part and then put a lollipop stick in it and dip all but the peel part in caramel or chocolate and then nuts or sprinkles or whatever.
Some of my friends will be preforming the Time Warp in complete costume! Guests will be given bubbles to blow when we leave. I'm still hashing out idea for a guest book, and cake servers. And vows, that's a whole other story. We want unique and heartfelt so we're writing our own, yikes, will probably include some poetry in there somewhere. Maybe Poe or something. I dunno yet.
I started buying everything last month so I can get things little by little and it doesn't hurt the pocketbook so much. I imagine I will find the best stuff right before Halloween. I bought a lot of statues and stuff like that after last Halloween at half off. Anyways, sorry for the novelette, I'm just excited and wanted to share. Samantha (02/23/2009)
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