By Lindsay Cohn

Published on October 1, 2017

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Photography by CARI COURTRIGHT

Planning to tie the knot on or around October 31? There are plenty of tasteful and fabulously frightful ways to execute a Halloween-themed wedding without crossing over to the kitschy realm. From dark dresses to black cakes, these striking accents are sure to cast a spell on your guests.

Black Gown

A white wedding dress may be the norm, but eschewing tradition has its benefits—specifically, full-on gothic glamour and edgy photos.

Photography: Cari Courtright

Venue: Great American Music Hall  

Florals: Juan Alinea Floral & Botanical Endeavors

Hair And Makeup: Lauren Elizabeth   

Dress: Enzoani  

 
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Skull Cake

Inspired by elements of the dark, elegant, and eerie variety, Foxtail Bakeshop created this spook-tacular confection. Tiers, which look as though they’re draped in distressed leather and burgundy velvet—all edible, of course—are topped with moody blooms and a sugar skull.

Photography: Gallivan Photo

Venue: Boyd Cave, Oregon

Cake: Foxtail Bakeshop

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Branch And Bloom Centerpieces

This boo-tiful centerpiece comes together with rust, sunset, and deep red roses, exotic orange mokara and green cymbidium orchids, burgundy dahlias, and clusters of green hydrangeas. And to give it some height and an extra hit of Halloween-ness? A towering black manzanita tree, adorned with clusters of flowers and hanging votive candles.

Photography: Cary Pennington Photography

Venue: Point Loma Sub Base

Florals: Haydee’s Creative Flowers

 
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Skull Place Card Holders

Place card holders are a subtle way to add festive (err, frightful) flair. For a late October wedding, we love these kooky little silver skulls. Want to take it to the next level? Try an orange spiderweb tablecloth.

Photography: Cary Pennington Photography

Venue: Point Loma Sub Base 

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Blood Red Bouquet

Florals are at the top of pretty much every bride’s wedding priority list—and the same holds true for All Hallow’s Eve “I dos.” This sanguine-tinged bouquet is brimming with blood red blooms.

Photography: Cari Courtright

Venue: Great American Music Hall  

Florals: Juan Alinea Floral & Botanical Endeavors

 
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Photography by KRISTEN CURETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Gilded Table Decor

Good news: You don’t have to blow your budget to score some gold. For this flapper-influenced Halloween fete, the bride DIY-ed all the decor.

Photography: Kristen Curette Photography

Venue: The French Estate

Rentals: The French Estate

 
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Smoky Cocktails

It’s just like a cauldron overflowing with a magical potion: The only thing is, it’s a coupe filled with a signature wedding cocktail. Curious about the smoke effect? It’s dry ice.

Photography: Gallivan Photo

Venue: Boyd Cave, Oregon​

Rentals: Peanut’s Gallery

Cocktails: Oregon Spirit Distillers

Menswear: Bella Brides

 
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Photography by OLIVIA RAE JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY

Mummy And Pumpkin Cake Truffles

If trick-or-treating is any indication, Halloween can be a sugar-laden holiday. If you don’t want to double down on the sweet stuff, why not swap a multitiered treat for some display-worthy minis? These pumpkin spice cake truffles from FEAST Charleston are decorated to look like mummies and pumpkins.

Photography: Olivia Rae James Photography

Venue: Runnymede Plantation

Cake: FEAST Charleston

 
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Black Veil

If you’re planning to don an obsidian dress, consider a coordinating veil—like this one that’s fashioned out of sheer fabric. Fresh rose adornments break up the darkness, and keep the outfit from looking morbid.

Photography: Gallivan Photo

Venue: Boyd Cave, Oregon

Florals: Summer Robbins Flowers

Hair And Makeup: Desert Rose Bridal Styling

Dress: Marchesa Notte Via Rent the Runway

 
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Photography by JOPHOTO

Gold Pumpkins

Less grotesque and more glam, these gilded pumpkins are the perfect way to infuse some seasonal opulence into your special day.

Photography: JoPhoto  

Venue: Dara’s Garden

Planning And Design: Bride Link  

Florals: Melissa Timm Designs  ​

Rentals: Event Rentals by Rothchild  

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