As October draws to a close, I can’t help but notice that every year I hear of someone I know getting married on (or very close to) Halloween, and my first thought, every time, is, “Ooooh, I can’t wait to see the dress!” Will it be a Halloween Wedding Dress?

This is true of most weddings, but a Halloween wedding increases the interest level just a bit. So whether you’re planning on having a slightly Halloween-themed wedding this year or going all out, here are a few tips to ensure your dress will be the talking point of the evening…in a good way.

Halloween Wedding Dress Ideas

1.) Leave the white dress at home. There’s nothing wrong with wearing an elegant black or even red dress on your wedding day. Plus, nowadays, getting a wedding dress in any color besides white is much easier than it used to be. However, if you live in an area with a limited selection of wedding dresses (read: all white), consider looking at the bridesmaid dresses. An elegant, floor-length, strapless black gown might be perfect for your big day.

2.) Or make a few small changes. Adding a bit of black trim or lace to a white dress is not only a perfect way to give it that gothic look you might be going for, but it’s also a great way to get a custom dress while still staying within your budget

3.) Add the right accessories. Never fear if you’ve had your eye on a particular dress that only comes in white. You can still personalize it for your wedding. Adding an orange or black sash and ornate jewelry will still help you fit in with the rest of your Halloween-themed attire. Wearing long gloves or a black veil will also give a slightly spooky air to your overall outfit.  

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4.) Consider the style. The color of your dress isn’t everything; the style and cut are essential. Consider a romantic lace gown with intricate embroidery or a slim-fitting one with long, flowing sleeves. And don’t forget the groom; he can have a longer tailcoat, a higher collar (hello, Dracula), and a vest with a red underlay.

5.) Get married in costume. Of course, if you want to completely embrace the idea of a Halloween-themed wedding dress. Nothing beats getting married in costume. Whether it’s as a slightly more spooky bride, like a zombie bride or the bride of Frankenstein, or as something completely different. It’s entirely up to you, such as Little Red Riding Hood or a Princess!

However, since you will probably have pictures taken if you’re going to dress in costume, it’s a good idea to go with something classic. That way, 30 years later, you aren’t explaining to your new daughter-in-law who Lady Gaga is.

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