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Halloween decoration ideas for a chic but spooky wedding

Make yours a spooky reception to remember with some ghostly adornments to mark the 31st

Summer is often sold as ‘the’ time of year to get married – but this season isn’t for everyone. Hay fever, copious heat and mosquitos/midges are just a few reasons why it’s not ideal to say “I do” during the warmer months. Getting married on or around Halloween might not be an obvious choice, but there are many reasons why it’s a great idea. (Especially if you’re a fan of all things spooky in general.)

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Plus, with October not being among the most sought-after months for weddings means that you’ll be able to get more bang for your buck when it comes to the venue and suppliers, what’s more you’ll be more likely to secure the venue you want (you could even choose a haunted venue) and – most importantly – prospective guests won’t be booked up with summer weddings!

But the real draw for tying the knot around October – especially Halloween – is the unique romantic atmosphere it creates. Not quite winter, it won’t be unbearably cold – yet the crunchy leaves underfoot, long sunsets and misty afternoon haze in the air all combine to create the best photo opportunities. And as the dark evening draws in, you can set the mood with candles and other autumnal paraphernalia.

Plus if you have your anniversary in October, you’ll have something to look forward to every year once summer is over.

Halloween is a particularly fun time in October to get hitched, where you can add a bit of tongue-in-cheek spookiness to proceedings (plus everyone will probably be in the party mood – some might even be tempted to wear black). And if you’re a decor buff who loves any kind of crafting activity we’ve put together some of our favourite spooky products to provide a talking point and make your reception one to remember. From adorable pumpkins to apple bobbing and everything in between, scroll down to get some inspiration for your own ‘spooky wedding’.

Gothic Flowers

Gothic bridal flowers
Photo: Pinterest

A dark, autumnal bouquet can add plenty of drama to a Halloween wedding without going down the tacky ‘rubber bat on a string’ route!

Spooky Biscuits

Spooky Biscuits
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Everyone loves a biscuit – and they’re a handy way to refuel come the evening when the party’s in full swing. Plus you can choose a number of ghoulish designs. Visit Biscuiteers who offer bespoke designs.

Black Pom Poms

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These cute pom poms are a chic way to pay tribute to October 31st if witches and skeletons aren’t your thing, £2 for two at Wilko.

Halloween-Themed Wedding Invites

Black Cat Wedding Invite

Start the Halloween theme as you mean to go on by sending these adorably spooky cards as invites. £10.95 for 5 at Not On The High Street.

Black Candelabra

Black Candleabra

If you like your gothic romance novels, you’ll love this spooky candelabra as your table centrepieces. £14.99 at H&M.

Skeletal Cake Topper

Skeletons Bride and Groom
Picture: Ebay

Brings a whole new meaning to “till death us do part” …

Skull Table Decorations

Skull table setting

Add a dark Shakespearian twist to your reception with an elegant fake skull decorations (with dried flower garlands like this one).

Personalised pumpkins

Spooky pumpkin halloween
Photo: Pinterest

Put a romantic spin on Halloween traditions by dotting your venue with wedding-themed pumpkins. You can even have the date of your wedding, with a different pumpkin for the day, month and year!

Black Cheese Wedding Cake

Black cheese wedding cake

This unorthodox wedding cake is perfect for Halloween and oh-so-Instagramable. (Ideal for cheese-fiends too.)

Vintage Apothecary Bottles

Apothecary Bottles
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Head down to your local flea market or antiques fair and gather up some vintage-looking bottles to recreate Dr. Jekyll’s lair. You can even attach labels saying ‘Love Potion’ and ‘Witches Brew’.

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Sold on a Halloween wedding? Take a look at our favourite wedding dresses with a gothic twist.