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A Halloween Themed Wedding

Is it bad luck to get married on halloween?

From wearing “something blue” to avoiding a glimpse of the bride before the wedding, nuptials are a time of heavy superstitions. The whole point of bridesmaids, after all, was to confuse evil spirits and prevent them from attacking the woman getting married. So this Halloween, why not turn superstitions to your advantage? From black cats to blacker pedicures, embrace the symbols of the holiday and make them their own. When you turn Halloween superstitions into your own personal lucky themes, you ensure that nothing “unlucky” can mar your wedding day.

Superstition and Halloween customs and beliefs

Black Cats

Ask any cat lover; black cats aren’t unlucky. They’re every bit as cute as their calico counterparts. In fact, their dark fur makes their eyes seem even larger and more expressive. Give your Halloween wedding an extra dose of cuteness by using black kitties as part of your theme.

Dress mini kitten figurines in doll-sized tuxedos and tiaras for cake toppers that will make even your stodgiest guests break down and go “aww!” Use Art Nouveau-inspired designs, such as the famous Parisian “Le Chat Noir” poster, and feature cats along the edges of your wedding stationery. Looking for a more subtle touch? Feature a few “paw prints” along the icing of your wedding cake. 

Indoor Umbrellas

It’s supposedly bad luck to open an umbrella indoors, but it’s never bad luck to open a cocktail umbrella! Serve your guests signature tiki-style cocktails with closed umbrellas as garnishes. Then, when you give your speech, invite everyone to turn bad luck on its nose by ceremonially opening their garnishes together. You’re sure to get a few laughs–and if your superstitious grandmother looks a bit pale, gently remind her that they aren’t real umbrellas.

Broken Mirrors

Broken mirrors are hardly unlucky. After all, you have to break a few mirrors to make a disco ball! (All right, that’s not quite accurate. But you can make a fantastic disco ball from pieces of mirrored glass.) If you’re feeling the DIY urge, all you need is a beach ball and some old newspaper, flour, and water to papier mâché around it. Once the shell hardens and dries, the resulting globe forms an un-poppable base for your one-of-a-kind disco ball. 

Recycle broken mirrors by carefully (wearing protective gloves) hot gluing broken mirror shards to the papier mâché globe. Use a mosaic approach to fit each piece into the next without leaving empty gaps between. The end result is a disco ball that becomes an instant conversation piece and adds unique light patterns to a room.

Since the resulting ball is much heavier than factory-created disco balls, and the mirror pieces are much sharper, it is imperative to hang the ball somewhere it can’t accidentally fall and hurt someone. Suspend it securely in a corner where it can illuminate a room without swaying over people’s heads. If you want to add a little extra oomph, attach a disco ball motor (the strongest you can find) to make it revolve beautifully during your reception.

The Number 13

They say that one is the loneliest number, but the number 13 must come close. This poor number gets skipped for everything from apartment floors to sequential city streets. Give 13 some love on your wedding day by arranging tables, flower arrangements, and other objects in groups of 13. If you have enough close friends for a 13-person wedding party, go ahead and recruit the appropriate number of groomsmen and bridesmaids. 

The luckiest part about the number 13 is that it’s a baker’s dozen. That means you pay for 12 baked goods and get 13 delicious treats instead! Arrange cupcakes and other bakery sweets in groups of 13 and your guests will have ample reason to drop their superstitions. It’s time to stop avoiding 13 and embrace it as a lucky number, instead. After all, you’re in your prime–and it is, too!

Making a Halloween Wedding Statement

Are you brave enough to turn around the superstitions surrounding Halloween and make them your own? From bats to cats, it’s time to reclaim the symbols of the day. When you turn superstitious traditions into your own lucky symbols, you’ll ensure that your wedding–and your marriage–never runs out of good luck.