Alternative wedding ideas are all the rage these days and one of the most popular are Gothic-themed weddings. But beyond Gothic weddings is a more niche concept: vampire-themed nuptials. Vampires have been iconic horror figures for years but thanks to romance novels and blockbuster movies, they have now a dreamier and more romantic legend to them.
Vampire-themed weddings bring something new to the wedding world -- a strange mix of eerie elegance and Gothic rock and roll glamour. There are also many avenues to get creative, starting from the venue and attire, down to the decorations and food. It is unique and something that will surely leave your guests’ jaws on the floor.
If you and your partner are crazy about vampires, then this is your signal to take a bite and incorporate the theme into your big day! We have listed down awesome vampire-themed wedding ideas you can try. Scroll down below and be inspired!
Vampire Wedding Idea 1: Moody Marriage
The setting and feel of the wedding will play an important role in the success of the theme. Vampire-themed weddings should be dark and moody yet sexy and sultry. Vampires are known for their opulent lifestyles (having lived for hundreds of years) so the wedding must exude quiet elegance and lavishness. Think grand venues, extravagant decors, fancy wedding outfits, and an impressive menu.
Vampire Wedding Idea 2: Crimson and Sable
A vampire wedding has a distinct color palette that ties all the elements into one cohesive look. Shades reminiscent of dungeons and lairs like pitch black, blood red, bone white, and dark green. And speaking of opulence, you can also incorporate the color gold in the aesthetics through vintage lamps and candelabras, cutlery, and even chandelier.
Vampire Wedding Idea 3: Extravagant Venue
Your vampire wedding venue must exude the eerie elegance of a castle and the chilling mystery of a dungeon. There are a lot of potential locations for a vampire wedding – an old fortress, an abandoned building, a misty woodland, and even a creepy chateau. If you’re feeling a bit bolder, hold the wedding at a graveyard or an old church.
Vampire Wedding Idea 4: Gloomy and Broody
Part of the whole feel of a vampire-themed wedding is finding the right timing on when to hold it. Yes, you can do it during a sunny summer day, but wouldn’t it be more perfect if you hold the wedding during an overcast or cloudy autumn or winter day? The chill in the air will send literal goosebumps to your guests – just as a vampire wedding should do.
Vampire Wedding Idea 4: Thrilling Transpo
Arriving at your venue in style is one way to surprise your guests. For a vampire wedding, going something unconventional is expected. Pick something more dramatic like a carriage drawn by black horses. You can also give the traditional black car or limousine with a twist of crimson upholstery.
Vampire Wedding Idea 5: Devil in the Details
Aside from big-ticket decors, you should also pay attention to the smaller details of your wedding to make sure that they are also in tune with the vampire theme. One of the ways you can do it is by adding small twists to rather traditional and overlooked elements. For example, instead of just having a regular wedding ring box, have something made in the shape of a coffin, velvet lining, and all, to hold your vampire wedding rings. For the accessories, add miniature skulls to the hairstyle of the bridesmaids or have the groomsmen wear them as boutonnieres instead of the usual flower or greenery.
Vampire Wedding Idea 6: Queen of the Damned
Look flawless wearing a vampire Gothic wedding dress fit for a queen! White would be the last of the options as the unconventional black (or red!) gown is the way to go for this kind of theme. You, the vampire bride, can choose from various types of fabric like velvet for that luxurious feel or lace for that dark goddess vibe. For something flowy and ethereal, there’s tulle or chiffon. Have your vampire wedding dress designed based on the bygone Gothic era complete with heavy beading, embroidery, and embellishment to exude that air of extravagance.
Vampire Wedding Idea 7: Bloody Mary
Your food and drinks should be on-theme as well! Prepare some signature drinks (including Bloody Mary) in black, green, orange, and red colors reminiscent of brewed potions and poison. Serve food that is ultra-indulgent like chocolate dessert, red fruits and berries, black-frosted cupcakes, and gummy treats in creepy shapes. As for the main course, the medium rare steak should be a hit.
Vampire Wedding Idea 8: Creepy Cake
Just like the other elements of your Gothic vampire wedding, the cake should also follow the aesthetic. You can choose any of the colors of your wedding palette for your cake but black is the most popular for this one. Add some blood-red filling and surprise everyone as it oozes during the cutting cake. Bling it up by adding Gothic details in the frosting or a floral and skull wedding cake topper. But aside from the cake having some creepy vibe (due to the design) it should still be beautiful to look at and delicious.
Vampire Wedding Idea 9: Spooky Styling
Styling your venue for the vampire wedding is fun and creative. Give off some spooky vibe by adding dramatic draperies, antique chandeliers, dark-colored fabrics, and lots of burning candles. You may also add other complementing decorations like Gothic furniture and lanterns, ghoulish backdrops like skulls and skeletons, stuffed animals, spiderwebs, and lots and lots of burning candles.
Vampire Wedding Idea 10: Menacing Makeup
Aside from donning divine bridal makeup, you can have the groom join in the fun of putting on makeup and dressing up, too! Have him rock the vampire look like Dracula of pale skin, dilated eyes -- using contact lenses --, and even some fake fangs. As for the suit, ditch the traditional black tuxedo and go for something more luxurious like finely embroidered crimson velvet. A brooding king fit for a dazzling queen.
Vampire Wedding Idea 11: Vampire Bling
The wedding is not complete without some shiny bling. Take your “I dos” to another level with specially-designed vampire wedding rings featuring black and red gems with vampire bats, claws, daggers, and even fangs.
Vampire Wedding Idea 12: Ethereal Entourage
A vampire queen needs her bewitching bridesmaids. Dress your girls in black bridesmaid dresses in flowy and soft materials like tulle or chiffon, or luxurious fabric like velvet. Complement the look with smoky eye makeup and some sparkly accessories. Finish off the look with blood-red roses or purple calla lilies as the bouquet.
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