Thinking Of A Halloween Wedding?
Tricks and Treats to Nail Your Autumn Wedding Decoration
Perhaps when you think of Halloween, a wedding doesn’t spring straight to mind (other than variations of a corpse-bride wedding dress costume). If you want to avoid a wedding full of tricks and gimmicks but still have the odd seasonal treat, here are a few autumnal decor ideas to mull over, with a sprinkling of Halloween to keep things fun!
Dark, Moody Flowers
Autumnal decor can be hard to nail without creating a gimmicky scene (note: avoid skeletons, fake cobwebs et al.). This doesn’t mean you can’t go to town making a warm, cosy autumnal setting with a little nod to Halloween. Find dark, moody flowers and greenery that will create a memorable atmosphere. Avoid stark blacks but go for deep maroons and purples: there is a fine line between dark, ethereal beauty and just plain macabre. This palette can look great integrated with lighter, soft pinks and nudes if you’re not sold by a dramatic dark bouquet. We love these moody arrangements by Grace and Thorn - the dark leaves and purple succulents are a great addition.
When the weather’s a bit gloomy and days are getting shorter, at least we have the sweets that accompany halloween to keep us happy. And what better way to keep guests cheerful? Large glass bowls and apothecary jars filled to the brim with colourful sweets make for great centrepieces, or set up a candy-bar by the entrance of your venue and let guests help themselves to whatever takes their fancy. Large glass sweetie jars are surprisingly easy to find online, try The Conran Shop for something sleek and modern, or a quick trawl on Etsy will uncover some vintage delights. You could even theme your sweets to suit your wedding; having a vintage-chic wedding? Hunt down some retro classics. Got a colour theme? There’ll always be sweets to match.
Gourds and Pumpkins
Gourds and pumpkins are another direction to follow if you’re interested in decor that strikes a classy balance between autumn, halloween and a great wedding atmosphere. Ok, so carved pumpkin monster faces may be a bit far, but in their natural form they have a particular organic beauty to them. Choose tumbling gourds arranged for delicate centrepieces - varying from orange and green to more neutral hues, there is plenty to consider when it comes to colour palette. We particularly like this for a shabby-chic wedding. Take inspiration from the Autumn window displays of Petersham Nurseries’ new Covent Garden store - gourds galore. Alternatively larger pumpkins can be piled high either side of the entrance to the venue - a great look for a romantic, countryside wedding and the perfect spot for photo opportunities.
Apothecary & Poison Bottles
Another great look for a shabby-chic or vintage inspired wedding this autumn is vintage apothecary and poison bottles. The may sound a little scary (and fit with the Halloween vibe in the air) but can actually be a really beautiful style addition. Think thick coloured glass, retro typography and peeling labels - the kind of nostalgia that will make any room feel romantic. These can work as stand alone pieces, or be filled with flowers. The smaller bottles will only accommodate a few flowers, so this is not a look for someone interested in filling the room with bouquets left right and centre - let the glassware do the talking. Dainty flowers tumbling out of hanging bottles can look great. Again, Etsy and Ebay have sweet little bottles aplenty, so if you're unlikely to visit a vintage market anytime soon, you're safe to take your pick online.