Victorian Gothic style is dark and elegant. Black, shades of deep purple, dark red or green will set the scene for a stylish reception, with vintage wine glasses and dramatic flowers to add interest to your tables.
Lift the darkness and bring warmth and light in with distinctive candles, cleverly placed tiny white fairylights or Victorian style lanterns.
A striking hand-made candle centrepiece, a ‘one-of-a-kind’ bespoke commission such as this one below will create a focal point with real style. Commission several almost matching pieces for the centre of each table, or just one or two for the top table. After the wedding, have the piece adorn your home for years to come as a treasured reminder and create a new family heirloom.
Hand made candle centrepeice by sculptor Richard Stickney, London
And to set off your stylish centrepiece, decorate the tables with vintage black and white place cards, menus and favours for a dramatic look. The Art Deco range at Confetti, as seen below, goes perfectly with a deep, dark red or black setting for a vintage fusion of styles.
Miniature metal birdcages or black wire crowns like this one below can be used to hold place cards or tiny confectionery favours for each of your guests. Add a small flower or tealight candle for added colour and scent.
Or for a Halloween look drape orange chiffon on tables and decorate with candelabra and a suitably scary wedding cake!
Halloween wedding table by Ryan and Beth Photographers
Gothic-inspired wedding dresses
Gothic black designer wedding dress by Jean-Paul Gaultier
A Victorian style ball gown or traditional A-line wedding dress with a corset-bodice are perfect for a Gothic wedding theme. Wear ivory or scarlet red, unusual turquoise as below, or even black – if you dare.
Image courtesy of the Gothic4Weddings
This black Vera Wang gown is stunning with its unusual low back, lace detailing and ruffle collar. The grey underskirts lift the black and settle on the floor in a court train for a striking look.
Black wedding dress by Vera Wang
This ivory gown is given the Gothic look with a stunning hooded cape, which hints at romantic Wuthering Heights style walks on the moors. With a gown like this you will feel every inch the elegant Gothic beauty you look on the day.
Wedding photography with a difference by Halo and Hobby
Alternative wedding photos
Alternative wedding photography is fast becoming a trend, and a Gothic themed wedding with its high drama will make truly stunning photos.
For something different, plan your own zombie apocalypse complete with fake blood. Make it a whole day of fun for all the bridal party and any guests who fancy joining in or simply for you and your new husband ’till death do you part.’And if you’re going to all the trouble of dressing up you could also have fun making a Marryoke wedding movie too.
Vintage bride close up of eye lashes | Romantic two brides in black and white | Zombie wedding | Top hat, all by Halo and Hobby at Fabulous Wedding Photography
Be inspired to create your own Gothic Halloween celebration or to simply incorporate some of these ideas into your own wedding. Would you plan a zombie apocalypse for your wedding day?
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.