Goblins and ghosts and… Weddings? Oh my! Adventurous couples unafraid of the spooky connotations of this holiday celebrated nuptials over the weekend. Considering a festive wedding for 2012? We’ve got a few treats to pack your special day with all the right tricks.
Finding the right venue can make or break this theme. When searching for the perfect Haunted Mansion for your Lake Tahoe wedding, turn to the experts. Lake-front private estates work beautifully for smaller events while larger venues such as golf courses or mountain resorts can accommodate guest lists in the triple digits. Local real estate aficionados can help with the estate side of things while your planner can assist with finding larger venues.
‘Till Death Do Us Part
Those five simple words might be part of your vows… Why not make them part of the over all theme? Invite guests to dress the part by making it a costume affair. Incorporate a bit of the “ball and chain” humor with decor selections that echo the holiday traditions. Black chandeliers, plenty of candles and autumn branches make perfect accents. Find inspiration in the mountain meadows surrounding Tahoe and in the Sierra Foothills – Halloween is almost perfect timing for fall colors with aspens and other deciduous trees changing for the season typically in mid to late October.
Attempting to find the right palate without going overboard on the fall colors? Make it a black tie affair. Capitalize on the essential colors of Halloween – black and orange – but add your own twist like accents of lavender or fuchsia to liven things up a bit.
Trick or Treat!
Offer your guests the opportunity to relive childhood memories with a trick or treat session during cocktail hour. Start things off right with signature cocktails echoing the festive theme such as Witches Brew (red wine-based sangria) before turning your ghoulish guests loose on the candy bar. Work with your coordinator or a rental company to select decorative glassware, then choose candy like that which you might find in cauldrons on the doorsteps of your neighborhood on Fright Night… Lemon Heads, Jawbreakers and gummy worms (among many other favorites) can be found through online suppliers or at bulk bin shops.
Looking for the perfect theme-specific cake topper? Try this Jack Skellington version – available on Etsy.com – to bring your dessert table into the spooktacular realm.
Do the Monster Mash!
While many brides are often fearful of themed events or holiday parties, don’t be. The photos will be fabulous and stories will live on for years to come.