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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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What It's Like to Live in Yakutsk, Siberia, the Coldest City on Earth
Svetlana Ivanova, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0
Svetlana Ivanova, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

The residents of Yakutsk, Siberia are experts at surviving harsh winters. They own thick furs, live in houses built for icy environments, and know not to wear glasses outdoors unless they want them to freeze to their face. This is life in the coldest city on Earth, where temperatures occupy -40°F territory throughout winter, according to National Geographic.

Yakutsk has all the features of any other mid-sized city. The 270,000 people who live there have access to movie theaters, restaurants, and a public transportation system that functions year-round. But look closer and you’ll notice some telling details. Many houses are built on stilts, and if they’re not, the heat from the building thaws the permafrost beneath it, causing the structure to sink. People continue going outside during the coldest months, but only for a few minutes at a time to avoid frostbite.

Then there's the weather. The extreme low temperatures are cold enough to freeze car batteries and the fish sold in open-air markets. Meanwhile, a thick fog is a constant presence in the city, giving it an otherworldly aura.

Why do people choose to live in such a harsh environment? Beneath Yakutsk lies a literal treasure mine: Mines in the area produce a fifth of the world’s diamonds. Valuable natural gas can also be recovered there.

While Yakutsk may be the coldest city on Earth, it’s not the coldest inhabited place there is. That distinction belongs to the rural village of Oymyakon, 575 miles to the east, where temperatures recently dropped to an eyelash-freezing -88°F.

Snow-covered road.
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Road covered in snow.
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Church surrounded by snow.
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[h/t National Geographic]

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Photo Series Shows Paris, France Alongside Its Chinese Replica
François Prost
François Prost

If tourists want to see the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, and Versailles on their next vacation, they have options. The most obvious choice is Paris, France. Then, if they’re looking for something a bit different, they can visit Tianducheng on the edge of Hangzhou in China, which includes replicas of these attractions in its scaled-down model of the French capital. The resemblance is so convincing that it inspired photographer François Prost to capture both cities and showcase the pictures side by side.

There are Eiffel Tower replicas around the world, but Prost was intrigued by the level of detail invested in Tianducheng. “It seemed more extreme and obsessive,” he tells Mental Floss. “It was planned as a real neighborhood with people living there as they would live anywhere else in China.” So last year the Paris resident booked a flight to the city to document its people and its architecture. The Paris facsimile was built just over a decade ago, but as you can see from the photos below, the aesthetic is lifted straight from classic Europe.

After a week of taking pictures there, Prost returned to Paris where he tracked down the original inspirations of the subjects in his photos. The resulting series, titled Paris Syndrome, pairs each scene with its counterpart across the globe.

If you’re not from Paris or Tianducheng, it may be hard to match the photo to its country of origin. There are a few images that give themselves away, like the Parisian storefronts branded with Chinese lettering. According to Prost, the project “blurs our perceptions of reality. You can no longer tell what is real from the replica.”

After sharing the photos on his website and Instagram page, Prost plans to do a similar project comparing Venice in Italy to its Chinese doppelgänger. Check out the highlights from Paris Syndrome below.

Eiffel tower and replica at night.

Parisian building and replica.

Eiffel tower and replica.

Parisian storefront and replica.

Mona Lisa and replica.

Parisian fountain and replica.

Portraits of city workers.

Eiffel tower and replica.

Paris and Chinese replica.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of François Prost.

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