Fall Wedding Planning: A Haunted Gothic Wedding

Leave the Pumpkins, Autumnal Colors and Barn Weddings behind and opt for a more ghoulish Gothic Wedding Theme at a haunted wedding venue.

The Stanley Hotel describes itself as “7,500 feet above the ordinary”.  I think that is a perfect location for your Gothic Halloween Wedding.   Stephen King used his encounter as a guest at the Stanley for his novel, The Shining, which we all know ended up being made into a cult classic thriller starring Jack Nicholson. Many rumors and stories surround the history of this sprawling property. Ghostly visits from the original owner and his wife, grand parties in the ballroom with no visible guests present, and children’s phantom voices echoing throughout the hallways. Although this is a pricey destination, the sheer excitement of a encounter from the beyond might be worth the cost of  hosting a wedding from this haunted location.

Inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this custom made Mina Gown is made of red silk dupioni from RomanticThreads.   You can’t go wrong with this vintage looking strapless gown with illusion sleeved piece from Vera Wang.  The minute I saw this dress with the black horsehair sash, I could see the bride in blood red lipstick and smokey eyes.

Gothic Wedding Necklace

Every gothic bride needs a unique piece of jewelry like this Victorian Book Locket from skaior. This small locket, embellished with a red rose cameo & hung with gray chain, would be perfect to hold a picture of the future couple or to honor a few special family members who are no longer with us.

Add some glamour to this wedding by designing a hand-tied solid red rose bouquet with black feathers and satin ribbon.  Visit our Build A Bouquet section in our Wedding Design Ideas to see alternative choices in designing your bouquet.  Your centerpieces can be simple with these glistening black branches.  Add to a cylinder vase and fill it with our decorative rocks, acrylic crushed ice, or pearlized glass and you have an easy dramatic centerpiece in minutes.

Gothic Wedding Cakes
These black and red cakes are a delectable compliment and finish our Gothic Theme.  The first red and black swirled cake is from Cake Work.  This tiered hat box styled cake is covered with red fondant, accented with black swirls and fondant ribbon.  The second multi-tiered top hat cake from Pink Cake Box has several layers of ivory fondant with a vine & floral print, intricate black on white scrolling and is layer with sculpted red roses.

For more information on Haunted Wedding Venus visit Glamour.com.