18 Wonderful Pictures from Halloween-Themed Weddings

While many girls dream of a sunny, summer wedding, there are plenty of less-traditional gals out there who want a darker and spookier ceremony. For those brides-to-be, October is the perfect time to tie the knot. Here are a few fun photos from a number of Halloween-themed weddings.

The Invitations

Image courtesy of Flickr user nyballadeer.

Save-the-dates are the first impression guests get of a wedding, so by sending out spooky Ouija invites, Derek and Joey made sure their guests knew what sort of thrills were in store for the big day.


Images courtesy of Calla Evans.

Similarly, Alex and Kim’s comic book wedding programs set the mood for an adorable, but slightly dark day of romance.

The Decorations


Image courtesy of Flickr user batwife.

Naturally, the décor for most Halloween weddings features a few carved pumpkins, but this “Halloween Wedding” pumpkin goes above and beyond a typical jack-o-lantern and, as you can tell by this guest’s expression, the effort was certainly appreciated.

Balancing elegance with Halloween fun can be difficult, but it’s something Brett and Kimberly Koppen did an excellent job with when they put together the look of their reception tables.

When it comes to creating the perfect wedding favors for a Halloween wedding, Jesse and Moselle did a great job by selecting shot glasses with skulls and crossbones, the couple’s name and “’til death do us part” painted on them. As if that weren’t enough, they filled each glass with a tulle bag stuffed with Halloween candies.

Gothicly Glorious Fashion

One of the greatest things about having a Halloween wedding is that any outfit you choose to wear will be appropriate for the occasion. As someone who has dreamed of wearing a wedding dress since I saw Beetlejuice at 6 years old, I must say that I couldn’t be more fond of Flickr user shevavanname’s gorgeous gown.

While I’ve always wanted a red dress myself, I think Danielle’s lovely striped Victorian gown—with matching mini-top hat—is equally stunning and certainly just as Beetlejuice-esque, a style that fits in well with a Halloween wedding.

When it comes to non-traditional wedding looks though, Carmen and Darryl take the cake with their goth fairy and Day of the Dead looks. Of course, it didn’t hurt that they were married in the hub of non-traditional weddings, Las Vegas.

With a splash of orange and blue, Amanda and Justin did a great job balancing out traditional wedding looks with Halloween-inspired colors. The result ended up highlighting the season without washing away the importance of ceremony.


Image courtesy of Flickr user Jack Satta.

Of course, some couples still stick with the traditional wedding garb, but a small accessory can go a long way in setting the mood for a Halloween wedding. This particular couple, Kristen and Rhys, even met at a Halloween party where they were both dressed as pirates, so the eye patches and the wedding date both tie in nicely with their romantic tale.

Festive Guests

While some couples who get married on Halloween ask their guests to dress conventionally for a wedding, others encourage costumes. The great thing about costumed wedding guests is that you never know who will show up at the ceremony. For example, Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas may be anxiously waiting to catch a glimpse of the bride like they were at Michelle Souliere’s wedding.

If your guests are coming in costume, you might as well have some fun with your photos. That’s why these guest mugshots at Melissa and James’ reception were so popular.


Image courtesy of Sarah Giffrow Creative’s Flickr stream.

Of course, just seeing groups of revelers together in such a variety of costumes will make any wedding photo more fun. For further proof, just witness the conga line at Alyson and Jeff’s wedding.

Sweet and Spooky Cakes

One of the highlights of any good wedding is the cake—and it should come as no surprise that cakes at Halloween weddings tend to be even more delightfully creative than most traditional ones. As a matter of fact, I was a bridesmaid at this particular Halloween wedding and, while the entire thing was delightful and the bride looked simply stunning, I still think this Corpse Bride cake was one of the most memorable things about the evening.

Image courtesy of The_Original_GirlWho’s Flickr stream.

For those who prefer their baked goods to have a little more of a retro vibe, this cute rockabilly cake might be more your style.

Image courtesy of JMC_artist’s Flickr stream.

For those that don’t care about the cake itself so much as the cake topper, it’s hard to beat Gamera and Godzilla—at least not when it comes to goofy and fun Halloween weddings.

As if the haunted house cake weren’t fun enough on its own, the image of Jim and Darcy cutting it while dressed as a police officer and a convict manages to perfectly summarize why Halloween weddings are so fun and memorable.

So have any of you ever been to a Halloween wedding? If so, did they do anything fun or unique to celebrate the holiday or was it a more traditional affair?

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Photographer's Amazing Snap of an Osprey Is Holding Two Big Surprises
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As a wildlife photographer, Doc Jon understands the importance of being in the right place at the right time. But it took getting home and really squinting at his own work to realize that he recently captured a “one-in-a-trillion shot” while taking a photo of an osprey in Madeira Beach, Florida. While demonstrating the power of his lens to a fellow beach-goer, Jon pointed his camera at an osprey flying about 400 feet above their heads, and snapped a quick photo.

“I started shooting and my settings were off,” Jon told Fstoppers. “I had no tripod. I was trying to hold it steady, but it was windy out," he said. "I could see the osprey had a fish, but it was far away. It wasn't until I got home, cropped in on it, lightened the shadows, and applied some sharpening that I suddenly saw. ‘Oh my god, that's a shark's tail.’ Then I saw the fish in its mouth and I knew it was going to go viral.”

Jon predicted correctly.

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Jon’s photo, which has already been shared by thousands of people, features the osprey holding a shark, which is holding a fish—making it sort of like the photographic version of a turducken. News of Jon’s amazing photo spread after he posted it to his Facebook page and a local news station saw it. Since then, he told Fstoppers, he’s been receiving requests for interviews from as far away as Israel and India.

Of course, with all that exposure comes the inevitable question of authenticity. Fortunately, Jon is taking that part in stride.

"The fun part for me is some people are commenting that it's Photoshopped, and obviously, those people don't know the limitations of Photoshop," Jon told Fstoppers. "Then, other people are telling me I should have sold it instead of sharing it online. I'm laughing, because really, it's not a good photo. The photo itself kind of sucks. But it tells a great story and it's getting me a lot of recognition for my other work now."

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Delightful Photo Series Celebrates Britain’s Municipal Trash Cans
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Not all trash cans are alike. In the UK, few know this better than Harry Trimble, the brains behind #govbins, a photo project that aims to catalog all the trash can designs used by local governments across Britain.

Trimble, a 29-year-old designer based in South London, began the series in 2016, when he noticed the variation in trash can design across the cities he visited in the UK. While most bins are similar sizes and shapes, cities make trash cans their own with unique graphics and unusual colors. He started to photograph the cans he happened to see day-to-day, but the project soon morphed beyond that. Now, he tries to photograph at least one new bin a week.

A bright blue trash can reads ‘Knowsley Council: Recycle for Knowsley.’
Knowsley Village, England

“I got impatient,” Trimble says in an email to Mental Floss. “Now there’s increasingly more little detours and day trips” to track down new bin designs, he says, “which my friends, family and workmates patiently let me drag them on.” He has even pulled over on the road just to capture a new bin he spotted.

So far, he’s found cans that are blue, green, brown, black, gray, maroon, purple, and red. Some are only one color, while others feature lids of a different shade than the body of the can. Some look very modern, with minimalist logos and city website addresses, Trimble describes, “while others look all stately with coats of arms and crests of mythical creatures.”

A black trash can features an 'H' logo.
Hertsmere, England

A blue trash can reads ‘South Ribble Borough Council: Forward with South Ribble.’
South Ribble, England

A green trash can with a crest reads ‘Trafford Council: Food and Garden Waste Only.’
Trafford, Greater Manchester, England

Trimble began putting his images up online in 2017, and recently started an Instagram to show off his finds.

For now, he’s “more than managing” his one-can-a-week goal. See the whole series at govbins.uk.

All images by Harry Trimble

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