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Halloween Weddings: 13 Stylish Halloween Wedding Ideas

Look beyond candy bars and carved pumpkins. From your hairstyle to the menu, here are 13 ways to throw a stylish Halloween wedding.

Photo: Amanda Phillips Photography

1. Antique Dress Details

When it comes to your wedding dress, try touches of color and antique embellishments -- a dark-hued sash cinched at the waist with an embellished brooch would look chic. Try a black-net birdcage wedding veil, a pair of to-the-wrist gloves, or antique jewelry for even more flair.

2. Victorian Updos

Capture a hairstyle from a bygone era with a slightly mussed Victorian-style wedding updo. Rather wear your hair down? Have your stylist create a loose half-up style with long, flowing curls pulled back with an antique bejeweled hairpin.

3. Dramatic Makeup

Keep your makeup sophisticated with a slightly darker eyeliner or lipstick color. Consider deep plum eyeliner and shadow, or a rich raspberry color for your lips. Tip: To avoid going overboard, choose just one area (eyes or lips) to highlight.

4. Luxe Bridesmaid Dresses

Outfit your maids in rich, deep hues like dark purple, black, or navy. Capelets, crocheted shawls, cameo chokers, or sheer scarves will add just the right hint of enigma to their look.

5. Funky Formalwear

For a formal wedding, have your guys don tails or even swallowtail coats (undertaker-style). For more Halloween fun, give them striped black-and-white or red-and-black socks to wear for the day.

6. All-Black Reception Decor

Use rich, black linens in heavy velvet or pintucked fabrics for the tables. Have black chiavari chairs padded with black seat cushions. Silver chargers and ornate silver goblets along with antique candelabras and black or ivory candles will add to the ambience.

7. Bold Arrangements

For centerpieces, think Black Magic roses, deep red calla lilies, black feathers, branchy accents, and tons of votives. If space allows, consider hanging antique chandeliers over the dance floor and throughout the room and attaching black feather wreaths to the windows or doors.

8. Apple Cocktails

Ask your caterer to create a signature drink for your cocktail hour using apples -- a quintessential fall ingredient. Get rum-apple cider in sleek black mugs topped with whipped cream or go for green apple martinis in black martini glasses and garnished with fresh apple slices.

9. Pumpkin-Infused Menu

Pumpkin-ize your menu. Try mini pumpkin tarts as appetizers and go for pumpkin bread or even pumpkin butter for the dinner rolls. Consider having salads with roasted pumpkin seeds. For dessert, ask your caterer to set up a table topped with mini pumpkin cheesecake bites.

10. Classical Halloween Music

Sure, there are always the Halloween favorites like "Monster Mash," "Thriller," and the theme song from "The Addams Family." An original way to make your Halloween music classy? Have an organist play at your ceremony (try Bach’s "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") and a pianist or cellist perform solo during dinner (Bolcom's "Graceful Ghost Rag" and Liszt's "Mephisto Waltz" are both great options).

11. Costume Photo Backdrop

Instead of a photo booth, enlist a friend to take pictures of your guests on a spooky photo set at your reception. Use a velvety curtain for the backdrop and, if resources allow, deck out the set with old furniture and fake spider webs. Include easy-to-wear props for your guests like hats, gloves, and boas.

12. Red Velvet Cake

When it comes to your cake, focus on the flavor by requesting red velvet. Have it frosted with decadent cream cheese frosting decorated with black ribbon bands to coordinate with the rest of your wedding day details.

13. Horse-Drawn Buggy

If the weather will be cold, make your getaway in a black town car. To really make a statement, opt for a black, antique, horse-drawn buggy. Have your driver play the part in a top hat, tails, and gloves.

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