A holiday that stems from the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, (a Gaelic celebration that marked the end of the harvest season and heralded the beginning of the coming dark, winter months), Halloween has evolved into a merry jubilee for children and grown-ups alike. It has also become a popular day and thematic inspiration for weddings. Despite the Gothic and somewhat commercial overtones, to have a wedding with a ghostly, autumnal and supernatural motif can still be tasteful and refined, while amusing the guests and giving the newlyweds a priceless memory.
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First and foremost are the invitations. Since Halloween is a popular holiday when many are obligated to attend school functions or annual Halloween fetes, invitations need to be sent well in advance.
As for the invites themselves, wedding planners can easily tailor them to the needs of a Halloween theme. For such an idiosyncratic wedding, invitations should mix solemnity with a tongue-in-cheek candour. Ideas include pairing elegant calligraphy script with images of Morticia and Gomez Addams or skeletons in the Dia de los Muertos style framed by red roses and bold lettering.
Wedding attendees are always eager to see the bridal dress, and a Halloween bride should not disappoint. A black gown with tiers of ruffles and a red satin sash is an option, as is a red gown with a cinching waist and flaring skirt, (again, channelling Morticia Addams). Another option is a white wedding dress with black beading and embroidery, accessorised with a black veil and black, lacy gloves.
Velvety black magic roses give a bride both a whimsical and wicked air about her. Though not technically black, the petals are such a deep shade of crimson that, in certain light, they belie the shade of black. Alternatives for brides (or bridesmaids) are a variety of fall-coloured blossoms: orange zinnias, orange-red poppies, tangerine-shaded carnations, tiger lilies, orange-yellow freesia and orange or peach roses.
A Halloween-themed wedding deserves a Halloween-themed reception. When it comes to the tables, centrepieces are paramount. One idea is to fill vases with candy corns and use them to secure the stems of various orange, yellow and red flowers. Another option is to place jack-o'-lanterns on each table, and light them with candles of autumnal scents such as cinnamon, cranberry and clove.
Replace traditional place cards with styrofoam cut in the shape of gravestones and marked with the guest's name, or use baby pumpkins and write the name of the guest on each with black marker.
For an extra touch, scatter autumn leaves across tabletops or spread false cobwebs.
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