We love celebrations of all kinds, from weddings to birthdays and graduations to holidays! So we especially get excited when there are multiple reasons to throw a fantastic party – like when a wedding overlaps with a holiday. With Halloween right around the corner, we thought it fitting to share some ideas on ways to incorporate this festive holiday theme into your special day.

For many people, Halloween is their most favorite holiday of the year. Some couples even carefully choose their wedding date so that it falls as close to October 31 as possible. While there are countless ways to incorporate some tricks and treats into any wedding, it’s important to strike a balance between classy and overkill.

Here are 6 tips for how you can create a fantastic Halloween-themed wedding while still making it a beautiful day that you’ll want to remember for a lifetime.

  1. Decorate with color

One of the most obvious ways to add some holiday flare into your wedding details is to choose a color scheme that includes black, orange, red and other typical Halloween colors. You don’t have to use them all, maybe even just two colors as your main palette. When guests see your invites, flowers, dresses and venue, they will immediately get a sense of the theme you’re trying to create.

  1. Decide between “festive” or “frightful”

Next, you’ll want to make the decision of whether you’ll embrace the “festive” or the “frightful” details of Halloween. These are two very different directions that will ultimately determine the feel of your wedding, so carefully think about which best reflects your personality and the personality of your fiancé. Festive would lean more toward whimsical pumpkins, candles and flowers while frightful details might include spooky, scary or silly decorations.

  1. Think small and subtle details

Now that you know the colors and style of the details you want to use, it’s important to keep in mind that less is definitely more when it comes to Halloween-themed decorations. Don’t bombard your guests with a venue that feels more like a costume party or haunted house than it does a wedding. For example, if your linens and flowers incorporate Halloween colors, you don’t need to fill your tabletop with plastic spiders, vampire teeth and other creepy crawlies. A few, well-placed details is all you need to create the holiday vibe.

  1. Don’t let the theme overpower your personal taste

Foremost, this day should still reflect your own style and personal taste. If you like a certain detail, don’t worry about whether it perfectly matches the Halloween theme. Use it! You will have many other elements that will create a cohesive theme. Don’t choose foods or flowers that you don’t particularly love just for a theme. Remember to create a wedding that is still all about you and your fiancé!

  1. Continue the theme from start to finish

As we mentioned about creating a cohesive theme, make sure and spread out your details from start to finish. This means including your color scheme as early as your save the date cards all the way through the wedding linens and thank you notes. While not every details needs to be (or should be) themed, you do want at least a few small details included throughout the whole timeline of the occasion.

  1. Don’t forget…it’s still a wedding!

Finally, and most importantly, don’t forget that underneath all of those Halloween colors, decorations and favors is a wedding. You don’t want your guests to feel like they’re attending a costume party and forget that what they’ve really come to celebrate is your love for one another. Keep the main focus on your ceremony and the special details that reflect your relationship. All the rest is just (a fun and festive) bonus!

What other ideas do you like for a Halloween-themed wedding? Share your thoughts by commenting below!

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