Readers, get comfortable. This might be the longest post I’ve ever written (800+ words). I had a lot of fun.
Also, I’ll use this to introduce the QUEST tag. Most of the stuff I do here is focused on me and my house. Posts marked QUEST will be labors of love I’ve done for a friend or someone who’s asked me what I think about x, y, and z.
I was incredibly flattered when a friend from college contacted me on Facebook and asked for my opinion regarding her wedding. (She said I was the most creative person she knows! This has gotta be impossible and I’m trying not to get a big head.) She has been shipped out to Afghanistan and will be planning from a distance. The themes that inspired her most for a fall wedding were Halloween, masquerade, and fall colors.
With that as my starting point, and the goal of making it fun without venturing into what I call “The Tim Burton Gothic Halloween Black Hole,” I consulted some of the blogs I followed religiously when planning my own “Big Day. ” This has actually been a lot of fun for me. Part of me thinks I’d love to be a wedding or event planner, so I could do this kind of stuff all the time. Then I realize that the kinds of brides that actually pay people to come up with this stuff for them are probably not the kind I want to work with.
Fall Halloween Masquerade Wedding
In this imaginary Fall Halloween Masquerade wedding (see? I worked in all 3 themes) the bride and groom are celebrating outside in the crisp fall air that hasn’t turned cold quite yet. Preferably, at a park or on somebody’s property that has majestic large trees. If there are leaves on the trees, perfect–fall color. If not, perfect–more Halloweeny. A rustic setting and rustic “base layer” for all the decor, colors, accessories, flowers, etc will lend the perfect “old” (which can lend itself towards “creepy”) foundation to keep things from getting too 5th Grade Halloween Party. And I don’t want to see any bats, unless they’re done right ;)
A vintage-looking ivory wedding dress blends in with the surroundings and isn’t too harsh against the warm colors. Black bridesmaids’ dresses let the fall-colored decorations colors pop without worrying about finding the “perfect” orange, red, or yellow–nothing clashes with black in my book. Plus, if you give the bridesmaids guidelines but let them pick out their own dress, they’ll go home with the perfect LBD that every closet should have in it. Keep them knee-length or a little shorter, preferably, to keep things fun & avoid the event from getting too stuffy. For groomsmen, black is generally the go-to color so that’s easy. Perhaps some of your guys already own a black suit–make life easier on them and let them wear it. Pick various jewel-toned ties (dark orange, dark red, navy blue) to keep from looking too cookie-cutter.
[Author’s note. This is the weak section because I really don’t care about flowers. At my wedding I left it up to the florist] The flowers feature in-season fall flowers from a warm color scheme. However, somehow purple has worked its way into being a “classic Halloween color” which is fine because rich, dark purple flowers or dark purple leaves would look great in a fall-colored bouquet.
The bride and groom would have preferred black wrought-iron looking chairs or benches (think Haunted Mansion at Disneyland) but who has that? They opted for natural wood folding chairs over plastic white chairs to keep the muted color pallet going. Along the aisle, each chair has a small pumpkin next to it, with fall leaves (fake ones sewn onto a rope to outsmart the unpredictable Kansas winds) running the length from back to front. Again, due to the wind, programs are not pre-set on the chairs. Ushers hand them out as guests arrive.
At the reception, as soon as guests enter they encounter two rustic baskets filled with plain black Halloween masks. The bride and groom have a white and black one (respectively) pre-set at their table. The cake is a rustic-looking apple spice cake with cream cheese frosting, with exposed layers for graphic appeal and to set it apart from a sea of regular wedding cakes. Since the reception’s small in attendance, the bride opted for a 2-layer 8 inch round cake at each table instead of a giant one to feed the crowd. This way, guests can mingle without waiting in a long line for treats. Each place has a small clear bag with pieces of nut brittle in it for a take-home favor. Table decorations incorporate small pumpkins and small flower arrangements but aren’t too tall–this way the guests can see the person across the table from them.
BHLDN: Tulle Era Dress
The Knot: Ceremony 1, Ceremony 2, Flowers 1, Flowers 2, Bridesmaids Dresses
Bon Appetit: Fuji Apple Spice cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Martha Stewart: Centerpiece, Place Cards, Nut Brittle
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