Gothic Themed Wedding Ideas
Your wedding is a time for you to express your uniqueness as a couple. The trend for themed weddings continues to grow in popularity with vintage, masquerades and superheroes being just a few. Gothic weddings are another trend, mixing the sophisticated and the macabre. Wedding ideas include dark colours, ornate decorations and lavish locations. The Gothic wedding theme is full of elaborate ideas which can be difficult to implement, but her we offer some suggestions to add the intricate details for your perfect Gothic wedding day:
Before you start planning
First, you need to gather some ideas as to what type of Gothic wedding you want. Do you want it to be Victorian or maybe modern? You can choose a vintage funky look, a punk style or perhaps a whimsical fairy tale fits your personality better.
Choosing your wedding date
Gothic-themed weddings are best in autumn when the cooler weather and darker colours of autumn will complement the darker side of a Gothic theme. Autumn is also the season for Halloween which suits the theme.
Gothic wedding stationery
Use a font and paper that makes your invitations and all your stationery look dated. For your guests’ place settings, use deep red ribbon and mini skulls as adornments.
Gothic wedding dress
Several designers and wedding dress stores stock Gothic-style wedding dresses. Alternatively, you can have your bridal gown custom made or a wedding dress accessorised with a birdcage veil or an ornate sash that will complement your colour palette. If you’re a bride who doesn’t like tradition, replace the wedding veil with a netted black mask.
Soft Gothic is amazingly chic and stylish. Ideas include an elegant black wedding dress, smoky eyes and black nails. If you don’t want to wear all black, a black gown with silver or nude touches looks studding. Add gemstones and other accessories for a bohemian feel or black lace gloves for added glamour. Black and gold is another chic colour palette for a soft Gothic big day, giving your wedding a stylish Art Deco feel.
You can’t have Gothic nails and netted mask without some stunning dramatic make-up. Different head-wear accessories and theatrical lip and eye make-up are exactly what any Gothic bride needs.
With a stunning bridal beauty look, you need a pair of killer wedding heels. Sky high, dramatic and covered in skulls would be ideal.
Have your bridesmaids wear shorter black dresses, perhaps with lace sleeves and a full skirt.
Take the Gothic wedding theme to a whole new level with an all-black dress code.
Gothic ideas for the groom
The grooms-men can wear skull cuff-links made from dark metal and red gem eyes which will go well with a dark suit.
Gothic Wedding Flowers
If you’re a bride who still wants a simple wedding bouquet, but in a Gothic colour scheme, a bouquet of black-purple lilies will look amazing with a Gothic wedding dress. For boutonnières you can use bright colours but have a Gothic edge with black netting around the blooms.
For a punk Gothic theme consider an origami wedding bouquet with a black and white colour scheme with another colour from your wedding décor palette.
A Gothic-looking cathedral, castle, or house would give your wedding a ghostly backdrop. If you are planning an outdoor ceremony, having a black arch that you can decorate in any style you wish.
A themed wedding, particularly a Gothic style wedding, requires appropriate décor. Where possible, choose a venue where you don’t have to add much. A venue with dark colours and candelabras works well. There are even wedding venues that have skulls within the rooms, it all depends on how dark you wish to go. Multiple candles standing alone will look impressive and mystical, particularly on candlesticks with snake or skull engravings.
You can’t get much more Gothic than Dracula, so be inspired by his quote: “The luckiest man who walks on this earth is the one who finds true love.” If you don’t want to decorate your venue with it, why not include it in your wedding vows or a wedding speech.
Gothic wedding cakes
There are many modern and contemporary winter wedding cakes that are perfect for a Gothic wedding, with marble or metallic icing and black sugar flowers. Gold wedding cakes are always beautiful or you might want to fit with a black, white and red colour scheme. Black hearts, black lace markings and a “till death do us part” bunting around the cake stand are other ideas.
Add skull cake toppers on a tiered cake, or a couple in the same colours as the bride and grooms wedding attire. Other ideas include having your caterer create your choice of cupcake for each of your guests and have your design on each.