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Victoriana meets Halloween Inspired Scottish Wedding

Bill and Julie did not want to confined to one theme for their October 2019 wedding, so took many elements of things they enjoy and paired them with traditional elements that resonated with them to craft the day of their dreams.

From a gothic inspired wedding dress to the use of Scottish wedding traditions, Halloween touches to a sparkler ‘confetti shot’, they used lots of different elements to make the day their own. They also wanted a day that was fun for their guests – and why not give them an excuse to dress up, too!? They stated costume desires on their invites and included the tagline ‘be as devilishly dapper as you dare!’

Bill and Julie set the bar high with their own outfits; Julie wore a black lace gothic-inspired Sottero and Midgley dress, styled with antique jewellery and headpieces from Etsy. Bill rocked a suitably Victoriana inspired ensemble from Violent Delights, and their bridesmaids wore ASOS dresses paired with burgundy lace chokers (made with off-cuts from the dresses) and tartan wraps.

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A Simple, Intimate, Gothic Fairytale Wedding

Adam and Steph always knew they didn’t want a big wedding – they were joined by just five guests (and their toy elephant!) for their September wedding at Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire. They didn’t have a theme as such, but Steph always knew she’d want their wedding to have a gothic feel and to wear a black wedding dress. “It just felt like us being ourselves.”

As it was a small wedding, there wasn’t a lot of prep to do, but they travelled to their venue the day before their ceremony with a hire car full of wedding props, their cake and Steph’s large wedding dress. Her black princess dress and veil were by custom made by Rose Savage, and she paired them with classic goth boots from Demonia. They kept decor simple but effective, buying a number of large pillar candles from Ikea which they placed in hurricane vases tied with black ribbon, and use them to dress the staircase at the castle. “One of the reasons we chose Allerton Castle was that we knew we wouldn’t have to go overboard to achieve the look we wanted. It’s a simply stunning venue that had all the gothic touches we needed.”

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Gothic, Pagan, DIY Farm Wedding

Hannah and AJ had a specific mission for their wedding day – for all their guests to be able to celebrate their individuality with them, as they both celebrated their individuality and their love for one another. There was no dress code, their ceremony was held in a spiritual circle which included everyone attending, and they didn’t stick to what people consider to be traditional norms.

With a budget of £7,000, they hired a farm where they could not only have their ceremony and reception, but their guests were free to camp for the weekend – it was important to them that their guests had as few barriers to attending as possible. Their ceremony was held in a cowshed (!) which they decorated themselves with help from family and friends. In fact, a lot of their nearest and dearest dug deep and helped out wherever they could – AJ’s friends provided the catering, DJing and photography and Hannah’s friends did her make up and wedding cake as gifts, and her mum altered her wedding dress. It turned the prep, and day, into a really personal affair, with plenty of community spirit.

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Tim Burton Meets The Addams Family Wedding on Halloween

Getting married on October 31st, Rachael and Olly were always going to have a Halloween inspired day. In particular, they were influenced by Tim Burton and The Addams Family. Rachael chose her dress because it reminded her of something Dita Von Teese or Morticia Addams might wear, and Olly’s outfit, pieced together from various places, was reminiscent of something Gomez Addams might be seen in.

The Nightmare Before Christmas cake and all the flowers were made by friends and family members. For the invites and paper goods, they went DIY too, ordering little coffins and putting green chocolate zombie fingers with tags on for a Save the Date. The invites themselves were made to look like a Ouija board. “We saved a lot of money by doing these ourselves, plus who wouldn’t want to eat a zombie finger!?” Rachael said. “We also saved a lot with our friend Debbie doing the flowers and Aunty Chrissy making our dream wedding cake. They both did an amazing job. We also had constant help from our family buying trinkets and being absolute gems helping to decorate everything. We are so lucky to have their help, it meant a lot that everyone really got involved.”

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Dark Boho Vegan Wedding in Devon

Maxine and Josh wanted to include some traditional wedding elements in their day, in particular when it came to the ceremony, but they also wanted to ensure that it felt like them and reflected their own style. As the bride was on the liver transplant wait list for a long time and finally got her life-saving operation in October a few years ago, they also knew they wanted to get married around this time of year as it’s such a special time for them.

They went for a dark bohemian theme with decor including a mixture of of black glass, skulls, fairy lights, foliage and red roses. They didn’t go too overboard though, just wanting hints of things to suit the theme, They weren’t at all bothered about making it look ‘wedding-y’ either, they just wanted to pick things they really liked. “I love all the autumnal colours and we were always going to have a dark colour theme”, Maxine said.

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Southern Gothic Destination Wedding

Tim and Natasha were inspired by the city of Savannah itself for their October wedding. They wanted an intimate, destination wedding to celebrate simply with their closest friends in a manner that was true to them and the things they enjoy; great food, craft cocktails and fun! “The city of Savannah was the perfect setting for our vision of an intimate, darkly romantic celebration,” said Natasha.

They skipped most traditional wedding elements like invitations, a cake and gifts, instead focusing on creating a memorable experience to enjoy with their friends. Rather than a formal reception, the ceremony was followed by drinks at a nearby lounge, then dinner and they wrapped up the evening with a haunted pub crawl. 

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