Halloweddings Details

It's common to give small tokens of thanks to the officiant, bridesmaids/groomsmen, and others who have helped out.

What I Did:

  • The officiant was given a wristwatch with an old-fashioned hearse on it, obtained from the National Museum of Funeral History. There's a picture of it on the Officiant Costume page.

  • The matron of honor was given all of the jewelry and accessories (plus the handmade dress) she wore for the ceremony.

  • I liked the Victorian tradition of placing "fortune" charms in the cake (the meaning of the charm you find is supposed to tell your future), but gave it a Halloween twist. I attached a length of black ribbon to each charm and put them in a doll-sized wood coffin I found on eBay. Our female relatives and a few special guests each chose a ribbon and pulled it to see what charm they received. The meanings of each were:
    • Anchor - Hope and Adventure
    • Horse Shoe, Clover, or Wishbone - Good Luck
    • Heart - True Love
    • Flower or Fleur De Lis - Blossoming Love/Love Will Flower
    • Key - Happy Home
    • Ring - Blissful Marriage/Next to Marry
    • Scissors or Thimble - Independence
    • Teddy Bear or Rocking Horse - Next to Have a Baby
    • Crown - Wealth

Other Suggestions:

  • Create a one-of-a-kind gift by packing the cranium of a plastic skull with various treats. See the Guest Gift page in the Projects area for a how-to.

  • Mattel makes several Halloween-themed Barbie dolls, including a Morticia and Gomez Addams gift set, which might be a nice thank-you for the flower girl.

  • Depending upon the age of the ringbearer, he might like a teddy bear in a Halloween costume (available from several different retailers) or something thematic like Hasbro's Queasy Bake Oven or Mattel's Creepy Crawlers Workshop.

  • If your bridesmaids are adventuresome, they might enjoy a collectible Living Dead Doll, each of which comes in its own coffin, along with a death certificate.

  • A stuffed black cat, ghost, or pumpkin might be a little less intense, while still maintaining the theme.

  • Give your groomsmen a thematic book, such as a collection of classic ghost stories or a history of burial practices. The Museum of Funeral Customs has a nice selection to choose from.

  • There are many thematic decorative items for the home, such as soft-sculpture pumpkins with a harvest motif, or hammered-brass jack-o'-lanterns.

  • Pair decorative votive candle holders with themed scented candles, such as those from Dark Candles, which include scents like "Dracula," "Crypt Moss," and "Harvest."

  • Give attendants or guests Halloween-themed flower pots (either shaped like ghosts or witches' hats or painted with a jack-o'-lantern face) with a small houseplant. For added effect, choose either an unusually-shaped plant or select one with a Halloweeny name. Some ideas are:
    • Snake Plant (Sanseveria trifasciata)
    • Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
    • Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco)
    • Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae)
    • Bat-Wing Alocasia (Alocasia amazonica)
    • Snakeskin Plant (Fittonia verschaffeltii)
    • Black Magic Cordyline (Cordyline terminalis "Black Magic")
    • Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum "Vittatum")
    • Monstera (Monstera deliciosa)
    • Wart Plant (Haworthia margaritifera)
    • Rattail Cactus (Aporocactus flagelliformis)
    • Ghost Cactus (Cephalocereus senilis)
    • Medusa's Head (Euphorbia caput-medusae)
    • Carrion Flower (Caralluma burchardii)
    • Spider Orchid (Brassia)
    • Dracula Orchid (Dracula vampira)
    • Carnivorous Plants, such as Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia), Sundew (Drosera), or Butterwort (Pinquicula)
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