Nov 132016
 

The romantic and hauntingly beautiful canals of Venice serve as the perfect backdrop and inspiration for the perfect wedding color palette. Take a nod from the storied architecture and art that fill this romantic Italian city and add details to your day that feel old-world with a modern twist. This wedding palette and vibe seems to work best for weddings that are more on the formal side (think: men in tuxes or dark suits, lots of candlelight, martinis), but can also work with less formal weddings with the right commitment to details!

To start, choose a cake that is crisp and clean but with one delicate detail that feels baroque-esque without going too over the top. This white and gold cake from Erica O'Brien works perfectly, as the intricate thin bands at the base of each tier echo molding you might find in one of Venice's beautiful and historic hotels.

Venice Wedding Color Palette

Photo: Getty Images; Courtesy of Designers; Colleen Dyad; Emily Wren Photography

A wedding inspired by Venice also calls for moodier, deeper colors — think burgundy, deep teal, inky midnight. Rich fabrics and textiles also up the Italian vibe — think luxe velvets like this Velvet Raptor guest book (and psst: the monogram on the front is key — it adds to the old-world feel!), silks, and gilded details. Register or buy a special cake server that can remind you of your special day for years to come, and this pair from BHLDN perfectly harkens an almost Shakespearean style in an of-the-moment fashion.

For fashion, try for something a little unconventional (à la this gold, beaded Monique Lhuillier beauty) with a classic kitten heel in velvet to keep up the chic La Dolce Vita-ness. Beaded gold earrings on your bridesmaids will complement your dress in a subtle way, plus you'll be giving them an accessory they'll actually want to wear again (bonus points for you!).

See More: Winter Brides Will Love This Icy-Chic Wedding Color Palette Inspired by Aspen, Colorado

Carry a bouquet that feels lush and fresh, mixed with deep red and white dahlias and ranunculus, and plenty of greenery — maybe even some olive leaves. Have your florist tie it together with a thick silk ribbon with loose, long, ends to add to the romanticism. Finally, for your escort cards, silk tassels with classically intricate calligraphy can double as your favor — guests can take the tassel home and use it on a keychain or looped on a purse strap. Allora! All the ingredients you need for a moody and romantic, jewel-toned wedding.

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1. "Sabine" tassels, price upon request, Samuel & Sons; 2. Earrings, $250, Sachin & Babi; 3. Dress, price upon request, Monique Lhuillier; 4. Custom journal, $140, Velvet Raptor; 5. Shoes, $195, Via Spiga available at Nordstrom; 6. Serving set, $68, BHLDN 7. Cake, $12 per slice, Erica O'Brien Cake Design; Dahlia, garden, rose, and anemone bouquet, $300, Fall Flowers

Nov 062016
 
Aspen, Colorado destination wedding

Photo: Kate Holstein Photography

Your guests will think they've stepped into a winter wedding wonderland (say that three times fast) with this Aspen-inspired wedding color palette. Create a cozy chalet-esque ambiance by layering knits and sheepskins in shades of cream around lounge areas during your cocktail hour and reception, draping them over chair-backs and couch arms. Picking a venue that has a ski-lodge vibe is also key, so look for one with lots of light-colored wood and maybe even a stone fireplace or two (especially if it's actually wintertime!).

Make sure you keep your palette ultra-monochrome (think cool grays, whites, creams, tans) to keep true to that wintery feeling, and to help add interest mix in subtle patterns and pops of copper. Choose a wedding dress full of subtle and textural details, perhaps 3D flowers layered with a delicate lace in the coldest shade of white, and throw on a super thin metallic belt to round out your look. Get fun with your accessories and have your 'maids wear heels with a touch of fur like this Aquazzura pair, or try a hat in a sophisticated neutral like this one from Eugenia Kim.

Aspen Wedding Color Palette

Photo: Pieter Estersohn; Colleen Dyad; Courtesy of Designers; Al Gawlik

Instead of the expected lush white centerpieces of a winter wedding, add to the modern vibe with tall arrangements of blossoming branches, like dogwood or cherry blossoms (hint: ask your florist or event planner if they can rent any faux-branches if these are out of season, there are tons of good-looking fakes out there!). In lieu of a traditional bouquet, buy a bundle of these magnificent 3D printed flowers in all white (we think the poppies are perfect, but the Etsy vendor has lots of options!), and you'll have a beautiful and unique reminder of your wedding forever!

See More: 26 Whimsical Winter Wedding Details

Forget classic white, this marbled cake with copper edges will fit perfectly in your wedding color palette, and same goes for this gorgeous invite from Bliss and Bone — modern and refined — perfect for your Aspen-inspired soiree. At the reception, mix in lots of tapered gray and white candles in varying heights and shades with your branchy arrangements, and have your place cards propped on hexagonal matte holders that fit in perfectly to your monochrome tablescape. Try a signature cocktail of white hot chocolate and peppermint liquor in calligraphed mugs — the mugs will double as favors and your guests will love a cocktail that keeps them warm!

1. Hat, $440, Eugenia Kim; 2. Bracelet, $300, Eddie Borgo; 3. "Montague" invitation, $2,350 for 100 suites, Bliss & Bone 4. Wedding dress, Marchesa; 5. Icelandic poppy 3D-printed flower, $125 for five, Collected Edition; 6. "Pinch" candleholders, $15 each, CB2; 7. Wedding cake, $7 per slice, LoveBirds Sweets; 8. Place-card holders, $24 for six, Esselle available at Food52; Calligraphy, price upon request, Everbe; 9. Shoes, $895, Aquazzura

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5 Things All Guests Love at Winter Weddings

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Nov 052016
 

There's nothing like cozy winter nuptials in a snow-covered locale, but if you're planning a winter wedding, there are a few extra things you may want to add to your guest list so that you can keep your guests happy, and warm, during your celebration. Whether you are hosting your wedding in a place known for its freezing temperatures or a place with more mild weather, here are five things your guests will want to have at your winter wedding.

1. An Outdoor Fire Pit
If your venue allows it, having an outdoor fire pit is a great late-night pow-wow spot for your guests. They can head there with their post-reception coffee or even a final drink from the open bar while the wedding reception is winding down.

2. An Indoor Spot
Having an outdoor wedding in the winter may be something you've always dreamed of, and if so, it's important to also have an indoor alternative. Even if you have a heated, tented reception, having an indoor spot attached to it that people can go into to get warm if it's freezing or snowing out is key.

3. Hot Beverages
In addition to an open bar, it may be a good idea to have a coffee and hot chocolate bar open all night. That way guests can grab a warm beverage when they are feeling a bit too cold.

See More: 18 Wintry Wedding Bouquets

4. DIY S'Mores
If you're getting married in the winter and are looking for a fun dessert to serve, a DIY S'more Bar is always a hit. This is a great addition to a fire pit — if allowed.

5. Shawls or Blankets
An extra-added layer of comfort throughout the night is essential when keeping warm and cozy! Some guests may be colder than others, so having a pile of extra shawls and blankets for them to grab is a nice touch.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

The Top 9 Aspects of a Blow-Your-Mind Amazing Wedding

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Nov 042016
 

We've all been to those weddings where we wake up the next day and think, "OMG, that was freaking awesome!" But what exactly makes a big day for the books? We'll give you one hint: it's not always going by the book. Here are 9 aspects that go into creating a wedding your friends and family won't soon forget.

1. A fun bride and groom
Because yes, the best weddings start with you, the couple! No matter how many guests you have or what the size of your budget is, photographer Ann Oleinik of Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema has discovered that the attitude of the bride and groom can make or break an awesome wedding. "If you're nervous, stressed about the timeline or worried about whatever, your guests will pick it up," she warns. "Enjoy the little moments with your family, love your new spouse, laugh at the jokes and the problems and get out there on the dance floor." If you do, your guests will too!

2. Surprises, surprises
Whether it's bringing in your favorite late night snack food truck or a surprise performance from your alma mater's band, keeping your guests on their toes and delighted throughout the evening always makes for a memorable and OMG awesome event, according to planner Brooke Keegan of Brooke Keegan Special Events.

3. Interactive experiences
The more interactive you can get with the food, entertainment and sometimes even with the decor, the stronger the impression you'll leave on your guests, notes Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner. "People thrive when they're part of the experience, rather than sitting on the sidelines as spectators."

4. A wow-worthy bar
Turns out, raising the bar is one way to your guests' hearts! As wedding planner Tracie Domino, founder of target="blank">Tracie Domino Events, points out, when a couple forgoes the standard venue bartenders and splurges for professional mixologists and craft cocktails, the guests can't stop talking about it.

5. A good flow and guest comfort
target="blank">Chancey Charm Houston wedding planner Skylar Caitlin's best advice is to think about the day from your guests' point of view. Consider the flow of your wedding and if there's anything you can do to make the guests more comfortable, she says. "For instance, is there a long walk from the parking lot to the ceremony site? Then you may want to rent golf carts as a shuttle. It's all the little details that make a big impact and will create a lasting impression."

See More: 32 Knockout Dahlia Wedding Bouquets

6. Great music
According to wedding planner target="blank">Sandy Malone, owner of target="blank">Weddings in Vieques, it doesn't matter if it's live or a DJ. Either way though, killer music is a must! She suggests making a list of your must play songs and a do not play list for the DJ in advance, and then put some trust in him. "A wedding professional will be good at judging the audience and what kind of music to play when. Don't try to tell him what to play in which order for every minute of the reception or you'll end up clearing a full dance floor with a ballad at just the wrong moment."

7. An unexpected décor moment
Want to really get your guests attention? Create a spectacular escort card display, an amazing bar for the cocktail hour or a gorgeous dance floor treatment that people can't take their eyes off of, recommends Laura Irizarry-Garcia, owner of LIG Events. "All of these unexpected d??cor moments can go a long way in creating a memorable environment in which to celebrate."

8. Wise investments
Similar to an unexpected décor moment, we think it's wise to go big or go home in one area. News flash: not everything has to be over the top to blow your guests away! Wedding planner Lauren Chitwood, owner and founder of Lauren Chitwood Events, agrees. Invest wisely and make sure you really splurge on one particular item, she says. "This can be food, entertainment, flowers, etc. Whatever it is, your guests should be talking about that 'one thing' the next day!

9. Ease
Similar to guest comfort, you want to make things as easy as possible for your friends and family, notes Rachel Jo Silver, Founder of Love Stories TV. Include instructions and directions whenever you can, provide transportation between ceremony and reception if needed, plenty of passed food and drinks at the cocktail hour so people aren't waiting in line and a fast pace so too much time doesn't pass between dinner and dancing." These little elements keep the vibe fun and moving and will ensure everyone will be in a celebratory mood!

These Chandelier-and-Chiffon Ceremony Backdrops Are Super Trendy

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Nov 032016
 

Adding an eye-catching wedding ceremony backdrop behind the spot where you and your groom will say "I do" will help draw all of your guests' eyes front and center. After all, the exchange of vows is the most meaningful part of the wedding ceremony, so it is important to put some thought into making the altar the main focal point of the ceremony space. And whether you're tying the knot indoors or outside, a beautiful ceremony backdrop will impress guests as they arrive and take their seats, and will also make for some seriously gorgeous photographs (and Instagrams!).

Couples these days are becoming more and more creative with their ceremony backdrops, decorating the space with everything from flower-adorned arches and wooden arbors to hand-painted murals and suspended Edison light-bulb installations. But one of our favorite ceremony-backdrop ideas? Combining glamorous, sparkly chandeliers with soft, ethereal panels of draped chiffon. The glowing chandeliers lend an elegant, more traditional feel to the ceremony space while the airy, sheer-chiffon panels create a warm, romantic ambiance. The combination of the two is utterly unexpected, elegant, and chic. Here are six of our favorite takes on this stunning ceremony-backdrop trend.

Outdoor Glam (above): Want to make guests' jaws drop the moment they set foot in your ceremony space? Think: oversize, top-to-bottom chiffon panels, multiple sparkling chandeliers hung from varying heights, and massive fresh-flower tie-backs. The end result? Seriously stunning.

Floral Chandelier: If your wedding venue has a clean and modern look, soften the space up a bit by adding a simple, flowy chiffon backdrop. Top it off with a lush, oversized chandelier adorned with fresh greenery and crisp, white flowers.

Crisscross Draping: Instead of hanging them vertically, take two chiffon panels and cross them over each other, elegantly draping and weighing down the tails at both ends. The finishing touch? Hang a chandelier right in the middle — it's such a subtle touch that yields a very striking and modern result.

Loft Space: Gauzy chiffon draping adds an air of romance to an industrial, brick-walled wedding venue, while a suspended crystal chandelier lends the space a bit more elegance and formality.

Chandeliers and Draping: It's amazing how soft, chiffon draping and the warm ambiance of a crystal chandelier can turn a simple room into an ethereal ceremony space. We also love how the jet-black Chiavari chairs really pop against the all-white backdrop.

Rustic Barn: Extra-long chiffon panels help soften up the rough-hewn look of this weathered, rustic barn; also, the hanging chandelier helps creates a focal point for the ceremony and vow exchange.

Where to Find Wedding Inspiration — Besides Pinterest!

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Nov 032016
 

Curating a gorgeous Pinterest board for your wedding is practically a modern-day rite of passage for every bride-to-be. And while we love the creative content sharing site, there are plenty of other places out there to look for inspiration and ideas.

To start, instead of looking outward at what everyone else is doing, try to look inward and reflect upon what brings you joy. Fabrice Orlando of Cocoon Events Management Group recommends trolling through your own bookshelves, movie collection, or artwork to search for original inspiration in your favorite things. "You may find common themes that can serve as a muse for your celebration," he says.

Think About Your Favorite Things
"To bring in more of your personality, think about your favorite things in the world and the items that make you happy," says Jamie Chang of Passport to Joy. "This could be a certain TV show like Game of Thrones, a love of hip-hop music, blueberry pancakes, or all things green." And take a hard look at what you surround yourself with — from fabrics and textures to colors and style — anything that you tend to gravitate towards. You might even create a handmade mood board to use as the base for your wedding design.

Look To Interior Design
Once you've taken note of anything that may inspire from within, Orlando suggests taking it bigger picture and looking to interior design and architecture. This can mean browsing through a home décor catalog or walking through an interesting neighborhood, all while asking yourself how an element from a particular structure can be translated to your big day, he says.

Keep An Open Mind
"Keep your designer's cap on as you're out and about, since you never know what could trigger your inspiration," he adds. "Notice the lighting in your date night restaurant or the décor pieces as you window shop — if you keep an open mind, you'll start getting ideas everywhere you go!"

Spend some time revisiting your favorites stores, museums, and neighborhoods, says Chang. Try to pinpoint what you like and what moves you. One small item might provoke a larger design concept, or an entire store can serve as the basis for the overall experience you want to create, Chang says.

Along similar lines, seasonal table sets in home décor stores are a great place to look for new ideas beyond what's available at wedding rental sites, says Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Events. You can even use similar concepts to create vignettes throughout your wedding.

See More: 32 Wedding Lightening Ideas

Check Out Instagram
If you're inclined to do some digital sifting, Instagram is one place to look. Sayatovic follows wedding designers and planners, as well as wedding photographers, to take a peek at trends in other markets. "This way you get to see real weddings rather than just styled shoots," she says. Thumbtack Wedding Pro Renee Flores also turns to Instagram for creative inspiration, making use of hashtags, tagged photos, and Geotags for more focused browsing. It's also a good idea to use the social media app to see images other couples have posted at your venue. You can see the space in action and scope out talented professionals who can help your vision come to life, Flores says.

Watch Wedding Videos
You can also get into the nitty gritty of real-life special events by viewing actual wedding videos online. Search by category like dress designer, venue, videographer, dramatic first looks, vows that make you cry, and so on, says Rachel Jo Silver of LoveStoriesTV.com. "There's no better way to get a 360 view of hair, dress styles, florals, and décor," she says.

Look to Nature
Of course, stepping away from your computer or smartphone will open your eyes to a whole new world of stirring sights. Sayatovic always suggests that her clients look to nature and the surrounding city. "Vines growing up the side of a building, a natural rock formation with multiple colored layers of rocks. The possibilities in nature are endless," she says.

This New Wedding Flower Trend Is a Beautiful, Brilliant Way to Save Serious Money

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Oct 282016
 
bridesmaid wrist corsages and flower bracelets

Photo: Lisa Poggi

Instead of carrying bouquets, why not have your bridesmaids walk down the aisle wearing wrist corsages or flower bracelets, instead? Floral wristlets are a great way to incorporate your favorite flowers into your wedding day yet cost a fraction of the price of a full bouquet of blooms. And lest you're concerned that they scream "high school prom," these six chic takes on this idea will prove they're elegant and totally worthy of your wedding day.

Purple Blooms (above): Instead of carrying bouquets, bridesmaids at this wedding wore lovely flower bracelets in shades of purple around their wrists.

bridesmaid wrist corsages and flower bracelets

Photo: Cliff Brunk

Orange Flower Bracelet with Succulents: For a brighter, more modern style, we love the look of a wristlet with citrus-toned ranunculus buds mixed with tiny succulents.

Romantic Wristlets: These elegant wrist corsages consist of majolica roses and pieris, wrapped with dove-grey ribbon.

Hellebores: Moody hellebore blossoms paired with long lengths of dusty-rose velvet ribbon? So, so chic.

Feverfew: For a more casual, hand-picked feel, opt for a bridesmaid bracelet made of cheerful feverfew flowers.

Fresh-Flower Cuff Bracelet: This clever cuff bracelet is adorned with fresh roses, seedum, and blackberries.

Oct 282016
 
Fall Seasonal Wedding

Photo: Luke Walker of Clark + Walker Studio

Whether you handpicked your wedding date or went with whatever was available at your venue of choice, the time of year you host your nuptials can play a role in some key decisions. But the month you get married shouldn't fully dictate the look and feel of your big day. We asked some pros for their advice on how to keep your wedding seasonal without going overboard.

Don't Over Do It
The trick is to use seasonal décor sparingly, says Audrey Isaac of 100 Candles. "The goal should be to give a nod to the season without it completely overshadowing your theme," she adds. So you can skip the decorated fir trees and wreaths around the holidays. Simply pair lanterns and LED lights with a few pinecones and touches of evergreen. And get creative with glass vessels. You can fill them with seasonal fruits like cranberries floating in water.

Think Beyond the Obvious
For September through November, resist the urge to scatter leaves, pumpkins and scarecrows everywhere. "You will quickly go from 'fall' to 'craft fair,'" says Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Events. If you're getting married in the spring some simple, fresh flowers is enough to give a seasonal feel. And in the summer, cool colors and sheer fabrics can make you feel like you're in the French Rivera, Sayatovic says. The same goes for weddings around other holidays, like Valentine's Day. Bag the hearts and go old-school romance instead. Use famous love quotes for table assignments or as handheld banners at your photo station, says Paula Ramirez of the Historic Mankin Mansion.

Go Subtle on Color
As far as color, instead of literally decking the halls in red and green at Christmastime, Isaac says to opt for rich metallic tones such as gold and copper. Avoiding the highly obvious choices will help you steer clear of making your wedding look more like Santa's workshop. Similarly, autumn weddings can rely on some gorgeous colors like reds, oranges and yellows, but hold back from using them too generously.

See More: 42 Fall-Inspired Wedding Cakes

Pick Just One Element to Highlight
Visual subtlety is definitely the way to go, according to Jamie Chang of Passport to Joy, who says picking just one element — for example, the color orange or twinkling lights — for incorporating the season without overdoing it. That said, she recommends thinking of the experience itself in addition to the aesthetics. "Focus on the bringing in the mood of the season and the feeling. That could be in the food or the drinks or the program or the favor or how guests are greeted." A cozy and warm squash soup for fall or a fun wine slushie drink for summer are always a hit with guests. A dessert table packed with traditional holiday treats made by relatives is also a great idea, adds Amy Kolodziej of Sunshower Photography. You can also allude to the season through wedding favors to enjoy at the party or take home. Chang suggests small potted flowers or seeds for spring or greeting guests with something that will make them more comfortable, like hand warmers in winter.

Keep Personal Style At the Forefront
Just remember, don't get carried away. Your best bet is choosing delicate seasonal undertones while using your own personal style to solidify the aesthetics, Ramirez says. So try not to obsess over every single detail being "on season." Being selective about where you choose to highlight fall, winter, spring or summer touches will give it a more natural effect and reduce overall stress. "Don't let it be the focus or take away from what is special about the day — the ceremony and being with the people that are close to you to celebrate," says Emily Sullivan of Get Polished Events.

Oct 282016
 
Fall Seasonal Wedding

Photo: Luke Walker of Clark + Walker Studio

Whether you handpicked your wedding date or went with whatever was available at your venue of choice, the time of year you host your nuptials can play a role in some key decisions. But the month you get married shouldn't fully dictate the look and feel of your big day. We asked some pros for their advice on how to keep your wedding seasonal without going overboard.

Don't Over Do It
The trick is to use seasonal décor sparingly, says Audrey Isaac of 100 Candles. "The goal should be to give a nod to the season without it completely overshadowing your theme," she adds. So you can skip the decorated fir trees and wreaths around the holidays. Simply pair lanterns and LED lights with a few pinecones and touches of evergreen. And get creative with glass vessels. You can fill them with seasonal fruits like cranberries floating in water.

Think Beyond the Obvious
For September through November, resist the urge to scatter leaves, pumpkins and scarecrows everywhere. "You will quickly go from 'fall' to 'craft fair,'" says Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Events. If you're getting married in the spring some simple, fresh flowers is enough to give a seasonal feel. And in the summer, cool colors and sheer fabrics can make you feel like you're in the French Rivera, Sayatovic says. The same goes for weddings around other holidays, like Valentine's Day. Bag the hearts and go old-school romance instead. Use famous love quotes for table assignments or as handheld banners at your photo station, says Paula Ramirez of the Historic Mankin Mansion.

Go Subtle on Color
As far as color, instead of literally decking the halls in red and green at Christmastime, Isaac says to opt for rich metallic tones such as gold and copper. Avoiding the highly obvious choices will help you steer clear of making your wedding look more like Santa's workshop. Similarly, autumn weddings can rely on some gorgeous colors like reds, oranges and yellows, but hold back from using them too generously.

See More: 42 Fall-Inspired Wedding Cakes

Pick Just One Element to Highlight
Visual subtlety is definitely the way to go, according to Jamie Chang of Passport to Joy, who says picking just one element — for example, the color orange or twinkling lights — for incorporating the season without overdoing it. That said, she recommends thinking of the experience itself in addition to the aesthetics. "Focus on the bringing in the mood of the season and the feeling. That could be in the food or the drinks or the program or the favor or how guests are greeted." A cozy and warm squash soup for fall or a fun wine slushie drink for summer are always a hit with guests. A dessert table packed with traditional holiday treats made by relatives is also a great idea, adds Amy Kolodziej of Sunshower Photography. You can also allude to the season through wedding favors to enjoy at the party or take home. Chang suggests small potted flowers or seeds for spring or greeting guests with something that will make them more comfortable, like hand warmers in winter.

Keep Personal Style At the Forefront
Just remember, don't get carried away. Your best bet is choosing delicate seasonal undertones while using your own personal style to solidify the aesthetics, Ramirez says. So try not to obsess over every single detail being "on season." Being selective about where you choose to highlight fall, winter, spring or summer touches will give it a more natural effect and reduce overall stress. "Don't let it be the focus or take away from what is special about the day — the ceremony and being with the people that are close to you to celebrate," says Emily Sullivan of Get Polished Events.

Oct 262016
 

There's no better way to celebrate the eve of your October wedding day than with a haunted bash. Choose from chic Old Hallows Eve dé cor — think pumpkins and lace spider webs — or go for a full-on Halloween-themed rehearsal dinner with spooky treats and ghoulish centerpieces. Whatever haunt you choose, be it vampire fangs or candy corn shots, your guests will be howling at the moon for more. And they'll get it... the next day after you say "I do!"

Halloween Table Centerpiece

Photo: Courtesy of Sophia's Décor

Pumpkin Centerpiece
For a classic centerpiece, use mini pumpkins and pretty candles on top of a tray or runner. To up the spook-factor, use black or purple candles, then decorate the tray and pumpkin vines with plastic spiders. Get the DIY here.

Halloween Jello Shots

Photo: Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

Candy Corn Jello Shots
Get the party started with a round of everybody's favorite Halloween candy — but in shot form. In three layers — made of condensed milk, orange Jell-o, and yellow food coloring — you're guests will get a sweet treat and a healthy dose of vanilla vodka. Get the recipe here.

Halloween Jalape??o Poppers

Photo: Courtesy of The Hopeless Housewife

Mummy Poppers
Give a nod to your mummy and mummy-in-law with these mummy jalapeño poppers. For a spooky serving trick, lay them on the table in a coffin-shaped tray or box. Get the recipe here.

Halloween Wedding Jack-o-Lanterns

Photo: Courtesy of Purple Ink Graphics

Wedding Jack-o-Lanterns
Pumpkin carving and Halloween go hand-in-hand, so make your creations wedding-themed this year. Carve your wedding date, your names, or a heart into some pumpkins for rehearsal dinner décor, or you can buy a set. (Custom carved pumpkins, $130 for 3, Purple Ink Graphics)


Halloween Sushi Idea


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Halloween Sushi
Ask the restaurant to serve your guests some haunted sushi. With the basic ingredients on-hand for regular sushi (mainly sticky rice, nori, and salmon) they can create a skull, pumpkin, or black cat. Get the recipe here.


Hallow Caramel Apple Slices


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Caramel Apples
You don't have to have your guests bob for apples at this Halloween bash. Instead, offer them dessert on a stick — in the form of chocolate and caramel covered apple slices. Plus, slices are much easier to bite into! Get the recipe here.

Halloween Lace Masks

Photo: Courtesy of Light in the Box

Masquerade Wear
If you feel uncomfortable asking guests to arrive in costume, offer them one instead! Place a lace masquerade mask at each seat (they're available in black and white) so everyone can get into the spirit! But find a special pair for you and your fiancé — you'll want to stand out at this ball. (Handmade lace mask, 99 cents each, Light in the Box)

Halloween Cocktail Recipe

Photo: Courtesy of Heather Christo

Bloody Punch
Hauntingly beautiful — and delicious — this blood orange punch is a classic Halloween treat without having to whip out the cauldron. Blackberry soda (and fresh berries) give it its chillingly dark color, and blood orange juice and lime lend a nice sweet and tart note. Oh, and did we mention the rum? Get the recipe here.

Halloween Vampire Teeth Napkin Holder

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Fang-tastic Table Display
Take a bite out of this idea: Spray paint plastic vampire teeth silver then use them to hold napkins or escort cards in place. Your guests will be totally vamped, err..., we mean amped over this one! Get the DIY here.


Halloween Soup Recipe


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Spider Soup
There's something in my soup!? Don't be surprised if guests give a little shrill when you serve black bean soup with a sour cream spider web on top. Go the distance and add a spider-shaped piece of pumpernickel bread on the side for an extra fright. Get the recipe here.

Halloween Zombie Bowling

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Zombie Bowling
If you're the type of couple who likes to incorporate games into your nights out, consider this dead-lightful one. Paint foam heads to look like zombies, then provide guests with the bowling ball. It's the easiest win over a zombie apocalypse they could ever ask for. Get the DIY here.

Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

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Broken Glass Cupcakes
No, the chef didn't cut his finger — but your guests might not be so sure. Red velvet cupcakes topped with sugar "broken glass" make for a frightfully delicious dessert. Be warned: You'll want to cut into more than one. Get the recipe here.

Halloween Table Runner

Photo: Courtesy of Sin in Linen

Spider Web Table Runner
Whatever your centerpieces, lay them on top of a lace spider web runner. And don't forget to include plenty of plastic spiders along the table to match. (Table running, $24.65, Sin in Linen)

See More: Wickedly Haunted Wedding Venues in Every U.S. State

Halloween Vampire Cookies Recipe

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Dracula Cookies
Nothing is better than a cookie bar at your party — especially when it's one guests can really sink their teeth into. They'll be doing just that with these vampire-inspired cookies, made with red frosting, marshmallows, and almond sliver fangs. Get the recipe here.

Halloween Pumpkin Vase Idea

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Pumpkin Vase
For a classic look, use Halloween's standard gourd as a vase on every table. Just carve out the center and scoop out as much flesh as possible. Then add in seasonally colored flowers or go the spooky route and use black and purple roses. Get the DIY here.


Halloween Popcorn Bar


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Witch's Popcorn Bar
Double, double, toil, and trouble — you'll want to set up this popcorn bar on the double! Set up an area where guests can snack and fill plastic couldrons with various flavors of popcorn. Come up with creative names that sound like a witch's potion to label each cauldron. Get the DIY here.

Halloween Potion Candle Holders

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Potion Candle Holders
Speaking of potions, those apothecary witch's jars make pretty create candle holders. Use the best potion ingredients to light your table and scare your guests as to what's in their dinner. (Candle holders, $30 for 3, KarensWineSeller)

Halloween Pretzel Recipe

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Ghostly Pretzels
There will be no BOO-hooing over these sweet snacks! White chocolate covered pretzels with candy eyes will be the perfect treat (and yes, trick) to get your guests through the night. Get the recipe here.

Halloween Witch Hat Lights

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Witch Hat Luminaries
Floating candles are one thing, but floating witches hat are a spook of another color. This magical display is easy to create with battery operated candles and fishing wire. And it adds the perfect charm to your wedding eve dinner. Get the DIY here.


Halloween Mummy Brie Recipe


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Mummified Brie
Cheese fiends will have this haunted affair all wrapped up. Start the meal off with a creamy brie, wrapped as a mummy in phyllo doe and topped with olive-green eyes. Add raspberry or blackberry jam to the inside for one "bloody" surprise when everyone cuts in. Get the recipe here.

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