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If Jurassic Park Was a Theme Park Full of Cats on Halloween

Julie and Peter’s October 31st wedding was held at a park, local to their home. They used the park’s nature centre (which is actually where they first met. The bride was giving a talk about the black market wildlife trade in Southeast Asia) to host their food and drinks, but the majority of the day was outside. Their wedding date was also four years to the day of their first official date.

“Our wedding theme was if Jurassic Park was a theme park full of cats on Halloween”, the bride told us. “We also brought our values of justice and equity into the
wedding in a variety of ways. It was important that we did not reproduce common
patriarchal wedding norms so that our marriage got off on an equitable footing. We tried to weave messages of love and equity, both explicit and implicit, throughout every aspect of our ceremony and reception.”

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Modern Halloween Wedding on the Beach

Ally and Frank had a small wedding on the beach in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Halloween, 2020. Although the wedding was on October 31st, they didn’t go for a spooky theme, instead opted for something that felt more modern and very ‘them’.

The bride explained, “We both wanted something outdoors and Asbury Park holds a special place in our heart, so we thought why not do a beach wedding on our favourite holiday? It makes Halloween more special now that we get to celebrate our anniversary on that day.”

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Gothic, Halloween Themed Wedding with A Coffin Procession!

As lovers of all things dark and Halloween, Jess and Dustin knew they wanted something different from their October wedding day. They usually host a big Halloween party anyway, so they were able to draw on their supplies for the decor, and committed to their theme 100% 

Jess wore a black gown from Union Dresses, with necklace and lace gloves from Amazon and veil from Wish. She finished off her look with a cloak from specialist cloak maker Creaturre. She made her own black bouquet with artificial flowers, and adorned it with a few pieces of jewellery that belonged to her mother, who had passed a few years before.

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Autumnal, Vintage Inspired Halloween Wedding

Pumpkins are Courtney’s favourite thing so, not only did Matt propose with “Will You Marry Me?’ carved into one, but they chose October 31st as their wedding date and went for an autumnal theme with lots of pumpkins everywhere! From the décor to the invites and even the bride’s earrings!

The chose Eco Studio Village in Mudgeeraba, Queensland as their venue and did all the decorating themselves. They bought flowers from the supermarket where Matt works and his cousin made the cake. The stationery was all homemade by the bride using her iPad and Procreate and the music was provided by the bride and her son, who spent hours and hours perfecting playlists! It was the perfect mix of emo love songs, 90s pop bangers and songs from their youth. And, of course, Matt carved A LOT of pumpkins!

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Spooky Meets Disney Inspired Halloween Wedding with Pugs, Smoke Bombs & Beetlejuice Masks

Lovers of Halloween and spooky-yet-kid-friendly things like A Nightmare Before Christmas, The Haunted Mansion and Hocus Pocus, Amanda and Greg always wanted to get married on Halloween – 31/10/2020 to be exact. Although they had to downscale their plans because of COVID-19, they still managed to pull off their dream wedding and as an unexpected bonus of having less guests, they came in $8,000 under budget!

“Our theme was slightly rustic and slightly spooky since it was Halloween!” the bride told us. “Our colours were burnt orange, mustard yellow and burgundy to go with all the perfect colours of the fall foliage. I wish we could have had a little more scary décor but we didn’t want to scare our family members! Most thing were bought at HomeGoods, Michael’s, Target and Amazon. We really wanted to keep our spending minimal when it came to decorations since we were ballin’ on a budget.”

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An Autumn Wedding Inspired by Halloween and True Romance

Although they didn’t want a themed wedding, Kate and Max were inspired by autumn, Halloween and their favourite movie, True Romance, for their October 2019 wedding. The timeline of their day was in reverse, and although this wasn’t what they initially wanted, it was a happy accident and in the end they were really pleased that they did it this way. Plus, it meant Kate was able to justify two wedding dresses!

She explains, “We left it quite late to book a registrar, so ended up having our celebration in a ‘reverse’ order to a traditional wedding. We had our wedding breakfast before our ceremony in the afternoon (the only time we could get a registrar for). Initially we were disappointed, but then realised at nearly every wedding we had ever been to, people were always starving hungry throughout the ceremony! So, it actually worked out really well.”

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An Irish, Halloween Themed Wedding

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, oh have we got the perfect wedding inspo for you today! As Genevieve and Dean both love and enjoy all things spooky, kooky and alternative, they wanted to create a day which was unashamedly about them and the things they love. The plus side of having a Halloween themed wedding? Their decorations now double as permanent home décor!

They originally set a budget of £10,000 – but actually think they spent closer to £20,000. “I wish we’d know how difficult it is to keep to your budget,” the bride told us. “Keep a close eye on that guys and gals!” They did as much DIY décor as possible, from gluing and spray-painting vampire fangs chrome gold for place names to customising picture frames and making their own menus.

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Scottish, Autumnal Medieval Church Wedding with Gothic Touches

When it came to choosing a venue for Becky and Ian’s October wedding, there was only one place in contention – Cottiers Theatre in Glasgow. “The venue really set the tone for our wedding,” Becky explained. “It’s a stunning old church in the West End of Glasgow, which is now a restaurant and theatre. I was the last baby to be christened there when it was a church so to us if felt like a no brainer that that is where we should get married.”

Its’ beautiful gothic setting with medieval vibes suited the couple – as lovers of autumn, they wanted an October wedding to make the most of the beautiful crisp nights that Glasgow has to offer and their children are Halloween obsessed, so they let all the kids change into fancy dress for the reception.

Originally the couple had planned a small wedding, but they soon found with big families and large friendship circles that it was more difficult than they first thought to keep numbers low. “I wish I’d known how quickly things can grow arms and legs,” laughed Becky, “there was so many times when we both said to each other ‘lets just take the kids and run’. To be honest I’m not really one for wanting to be the centre of attention. I can get really self conscious and before I knew it I’d planned this massive wedding where I’d have to walk down the aisle in-front of 80-odd guests and have my first dance in front of about 180 folk. But Ian would calm me down and bring me back down to earth and remind me why we were getting married in the first place. When we were told that his dad was coming over from South Africa to see us get married we just thought ‘right that it. It’s going ahead! We can’t run now.’ And I’m really glad we didn’t.”

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Waterworld Themed Fancy Dress Wedding at Mardi Gras

Imagine having a wedding that felt NOTHING like a wedding. Well, you don’t have to just imagine because Brittany and Mason did just that when they wed in New Orleans in February!

Every year the couple make their own Mardi Gras costumes related to ‘The End Times’ and for this year’s part they decided their theme would be is WaterWorld… They loved the theme idea so much that they then decided it would be the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony too. They couldn’t imagine a better way for them to ‘tie the knot’ (boom boom!) than enjoying Mardi Gras with all the people they love.

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Spooky, Skeleton-Filled Boston Wedding

Elizabeth and Nicholas embraced their wedding being just days after Halloween, on November 3rd, by leaning into a spooky theme. They had a super intimate ceremony with just 10 guests on the stairs of the Dane Estate just outside of Boston, followed by a reception with under 100 guests, Elizabeth wore her mother’s wedding gown which her mum altered into a tea length dress that was more her style. Her veil was even made with left over fabric from the original dress.

“The inspiration for our wedding was to have something a little bit moody, a little bit spooky, a little bit vintage and with whole lot of personalization”, Elizabeth told us. “We had skeletons on our invitations, skeletons sitting at our sweetheart table and a general Halloween moody vibe going on”.

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Low Budget Friday 13th Cave Wedding

Jasmine and Jack wanted to spend as little as possible on their March wedding – £1000 covered everything! The day started with an intimate ceremony for just 15 guests and they chose the Margate Caves as their reception. Not only was it a really affordable to hire for the afternoon, but gave them a really unique location for their photos.

“Our theme revolved around three colours which were black, gold and forest green”, Jasmine told us. “I think our main inspiration for the wedding was us, we’ve been together for a long time and we just wanted to celebrate!”

Jasmine’s £25 dress came from ASOS as did her shoes and jewellery. She added a belt and headpiece, both from Amazon, and wore a jacket she already had in her wardrobe. Jack found his suit jacket at TK Maxx for just £40 ad his shirt and trousers were Primark. The bridesmaids wore Boohoo dresses which were only £15 each!

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Til Death Do Us Part: Occult & Tarot Themed New Orleans Wedding

Renee and Richie love candles but aren’t big fans of flowers, so they decided to not have any at their November wedding. Instead they incorporated fog machines, smoke bombs and candles to create a spooky ambience on the day. The bridesmaids carried incense burners, and as the couple walked up the aisle to be wed, they lit candles held by their guests to guide them. They were also heavily inspired tarot cards, incorporating them in the invitations, signs and centrepieces at the reception.

The ceremony was held the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and one of their best friends got ordained so they could officiate their wiccan ceremony. “We gave him the free range to customise the ceremony it since he has known us so long”, they explained. “We wrote our own vows and had guests bless our rings while they waited for the ceremony to start. When it started, we had lit candles, and each guest had an unlit candle which we then lit as we walked down the aisle. We then did our unity candle in my grandmother’s silver. I had one of my sorority sisters do a reading special to us, we exchanged our vows then we second lined outta there!”

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Dark & Moody Football Meets Halloween Themed Wedding

As major Halloween fans, there was only one theme in contention for Mark and Brook’s wedding day – held in October, of course! “It’s our favourite holiday, we’re fans of anything to do with Halloween,” explained Brook. “We’re also from Pittsburgh, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football team, their colours are black and gold, so our theme was formed!”

They weren’t afraid to be themselves when it came to what they wanted from their day. “No-one ever got noticed for being traditional,” said Brook, “I think everything we did for our wedding was non-traditional in our circle.” 

The whole bridal party wore all-black everything, with Brook in a long-sleeve, corseted, floor length dress with matching cathedral back veil. Mark wore an all-black Vera Wang tuxedo with gold detailing, and the bridesmaids wore black floor-length gowns with gold glitter detailing on top. 

The couple had a $30,000 budget to bring their dream day to life. Both their ceremony and reception were held at the Greenhouse Winery in Pennsylvania, which formed the biggest part of their budget. They saved money on flowers and centrepieces; instead of going through a florist, they ordered silk flowers from Etsy and made the centrepieces themselves. Not to mention that, as well as the cost saving, with silk flowers everyone got to keep their arrangement as a former memory.

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