Are you excited about planning a rustic Autumn wedding or particularly in love with the idea of staging an enchanted Halloween wedding reception next October?
While a Halloween wedding might not be the most conventional of themes, it is certainly a popular one. At Hayne House we love everything about this magical seasonal time of year. So much so, we thought we would share our favourite images from a Halloween-inspired styled shoot that we had fun putting together.
For the Halloween shoot, we have integrated subtle touches and instead of spooky costumes we used pretty masks as wedding favours, as we think they are a great way for your day and evening guests to mingle, at your very own Masquerade themed ball.
However, if you love the spookiest night of the year, you can get creative and host a completely eerie, unforgettable Hammer-House-of-Horrors themed killer party. Either way, if you want to create the perfect Halloween wedding here are some things to consider.
HOW DO WE LET OUR GUESTS KNOW WE ARE PLANNING A HALLOWEEN WEDDING?
Start to create your Halloween wedding with “Save-the-Date” cards to let your guests know that they will be experiencing no ordinary wedding and ensure they are in in the spirt for your celebrations. We love Byblossom’s Save-the-Date scratch cards, especially designed for the Halloween shoot.
WHAT COLOURS SHOULD INSPIRE OUR HALLOWEEN WEDDING?
At Hayne House, as lovers of all things orange, we love ‘wind-fall’ weddings, as it allows us to bring together a wonderful warm colour palette. Our favourite tonal colours, that marry together perfectly for a Halloween wedding are all the oranges; apricot, melon, tangerine, nectarine, flame, carrot, coral, pumpkin, cinnabar, fiery burnt orange and ginger. Then mix in purples of burgundy, fig and beetroot with autumnal reds of crimson, raspberry and scarlet, balanced with rustic gold and caramel apple colours. We also love the traditional Halloween classic orange and black gothic combo, but now you can opt for a more modern stylish and subtle pale palette. All these colours are perfect for dramatic and elegant gothic bouquet, trailing buttonholes, chair bows and dramatic autumn-inspired table centerpieces.
HOW WOULD WE GO ABOUT DECORATING A HALLOWEEN WEDDING?
Pumpkins are practically the symbol of Halloween and every classic Halloween wedding has to have a pumpkin in it somewhere. To welcome your guests, have fun with some props – we liked the new butchers bike from Big Day Prop Hire with its basket filled with pumpkins.
For a classic Halloween Wedding decorate your aisle with pumpkins and display your escort cards using pumpkins – we had some fun painting some fake Paper Mache props gold. Use larger pumpkins and squashes for table centerpieces. You can keep them orange or spray them to match a paler more modern colour palette. If you really want to personalise your wedding you can ask someone on each table to carve a pumpkin and bring them with you on the day. Or to entertain your guests, you could include a fun pumpkin carving competition or bob for apples.
WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR A HALLOWEEN WEDDING?
Autumn is one of Clare from Touchays favourite times of the year. Their kitchen is based in the heart of Kent – the Garden of England – so they have access to some of the most beautiful fruit from her own garden and local orchards. Touchays hand pick the ripened fruit and spend days making the most delicious compotes, jams and chutneys. This includes damsons, Bramley apples, figs and blackberries. So for a Halloween Wedding Breakfast, they would give their guests:
A warming shot of butternut squash and scotch bonnet chili soup
Honey glazed Brogdale pigs in blankets with mustard mash
Sweet chili squid and tiger prawn spoons
Squash and smoked bacon tartlet served with home-made fruit compote
Slow cooked beef served with a harvested rich blackberry, rosemary and red wine jus, roasted root vegetables on a bed of sweet potato and spinach puree
And for a sweet treat, Clare said this would have to be a trio of desserts as she would find it just too hard to choose
Expresso cup filled with freshly gathered Bramley apple and plum custard crumble
Pumpkin pie with caramel ice cream and toffee sauce
A Mr and Mrs mini gingerbread
Touchays fun homemade skeleton ginger breadmen and our favourites; old-fashioned toffee apples.
HOW SHOULD WE INCORPORATE LIGHTING IN A HALLOWEEN WEDDING?
With the nights closing in there is never a better time to illuminate your wedding to bring on that moody Halloween light. We love using candles in lanterns for the aisle but we are also really loving Primark’s domes and strings of lights.
SHOULD WE INCLUDE CANDY IN OUR HALLOWEEN WEDDING?
It’s just not Halloween without a trick-or-treat candy cart/ bar or super-cute sweetie table, with a great range of all things naughty, to allow your guests, both children and adults, to indulge their sweet tooth!
WHAT TUNES SHOULD WE INCLUDE IN OUR HALLOWEEN PLAY LIST?
We are loving these Halloween tracks from Harry’s crypt:
- Nightmare, Brainbug
- The Addams Family (OST) Theme
- Feed My Frankenstein, Alice Cooper
- Grimly Fiendish, The Damned
- People Are Strange, The Doors
- There’s A Ghost In My House, The Fall
- Thriller (album version), Michael Jackson
- Amityville (The House On The Hill) Lovebug Starski
- Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf
- Bark At The Moon, Ozzy Osbourne
- Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr
- Monster Mash, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett And The Crypt Kickers
- Psycho Killer, Talking Heads
- Purple People Eater, Sheb Wooley
HOW EXPENSIVE IS IT TO GET MARRIED ON HALLOWEEN DAY?
Would you dare to tie the knot on the scariest day of the year and hold your Halloween or Autumn wedding in the Orangery in 2018? Great news for you candy, pumpkin and Autumn lovers; the spookiest night of the year, falls on a Wednesday in 2018 – which means your special day is also one of the most cost-effective days to book your wedding. So why not make Hayne House history and be the first couple to say your wedding vows on Halloween in the new Orangery and book Wednesday 31st October 2018?