The leaves have fallen from the trees, all kinds of beverages are coming in pumpkin spice varieties and we’re obsessively buying knitwear. This can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner. As the spooky season approaches, we’re feeling an uncontrollable pull towards the dark side.
Whether they’re gothic designs, feathery details or full-on black gowns that Morticia Addams would be proud of, we’ve become obsessed with Halloween wedding dresses. Now, we’re not talking fancy dress here, so put down the face paints and witches hat, and pull out the vampy lipstick.
White or ivory are not the only wedding dress colour options, and sweet and demure is not the only style choice. In fact, we think there’s something seriously alluring about these dark and dreamy dresses. You can stick with a traditional shape or go full vamp in some fitted velvet, whichever you choose, we are here for it.
If you’re already sold, we have just a few pointers for you before you dive in; Dark hued or gothic designs suit autumn or winter weddings best, so consider an off-season wedding if you haven’t picked your date yet. For a hint of Halloween style in summer, go for vampy shapes in lighter fabrics, daring feather details or even unicorn vibes and then add drama with a smoky eye or deep red lipstick.
If you are going to pair a dramatically dark gown with a vampy lippy, then try not to go OTT with hair and accessories. While a drop earring or a pendant here or there will set these gowns off nicely, too much can take the look from high fashion to costume party. Trust us, you’ll want these dresses to have everyone’s full attention anyway.
Now, get ready to unleash your inner vixen and embrace the dark side…
We’d feel like a Gothic heroine in this high-neck beauty. High neck wedding dress, Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture, £POA
Silver shimmer jacquard gives a luxurious feel. Bariano bandeau ballgown, ASOS, £280
Shoulder pads don’t just belong in the ’80s you know, we’d totally rock this look now. Chandler gown, Alex Perry at Net-A-Porter, £2,970
We can just imagine this embellished gown at a black tie wedding. Beaded tulle gown, Costarellos at Net-A-Porter, £3,885
Who says florals need to be in pastel shades? We love this gothic take on girlie. Style 15717, Christina Wu at Eternity Bridal, £POA
A perfect Halloween combination of high neck Victoriana styling and an ethereal, floaty skirt. The Highclere, Lela Rose, £POA
If Black Swan is one of your fave thrillers, consider this dramatic gown. Feather gown, Mark Zunino, £POA
We love this vampy velvet number for winter brides. Black velvet dress, Ralph & Russo Couture, £POA
If you’re the kind of girl who goes sweet instead of scary on Halloween, you’ll adore these unicorn vibes. Aquarius dress, Willowby by Watters, £POA
You’ve spent year after year dressing up as a cat on Halloween, so why not channel a big cat on your big day? Leopard print dress, Ralph & Russo Couture, £POA
Classic bridal fabrics are given a dark makeover with this stunning style. Corded lace and tulle gown, Oscar de la Renta at Net-A-Porter, £5,965
Love a bit of colour? Take a look at our 12 stunning red wedding dresses