7 Macabre Wedding Trends to Embrace “Till Death Do Us Part” – The Columbia Chronicle
Editor’s note: This article is from the award-winning Echo magazine in the Communications Department.
Wedding trends come and go, but the mysterious, melancholic and macabre will never go out of fashion. Explore the darker side of weddings with tips and trends to give you the ceremony of your dreams.
The concept of a white dress did not originate until the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century, as a symbol of purity, status and wealth. Eastern cultures have worn red for centuries, while the Spanish tradition favors black dresses as a symbol of a love that will last until death.
A gothic wedding is mixed with themes of darkness, glamor and a flair for dramatic hues, making for a mystical fairytale day. Dark, moody color palettes embrace a new world of whimsy, especially during this wedding season, where lace, pearls and velvet are in the spotlight. We outline everything a bride needs – from vintage influences to stilettos to black velvet – to pull off their own one-of-a-kind celebration.
Talia Barribeau, who was engaged to her partner at a graveyard on Halloween, had an elegant Gothic-inspired photo shoot to celebrate their nuptials. The couple set the scene with a black helicopter (with red carpet) and a black wedding cake. Needless to say, Barribeau wore a black bodycon dress.
“We as a couple are just a little bit different,” Barribeau says. “I didn’t want a traditional wedding because I feel like a lot of people do weddings for other people and not really themselves. I wanted something for myself.
1. The dress: Crisp white trapeze dresses are replaced by inky tulles, snowy chiffons and chartreuse organza dresses. Enhance the romance with long lace sleeves, crimson accents, regal ballerina skirts and Victorian-style embellishments. For the perfect finishing touch, add a black Russian net veil, Parisian-inspired Venetian needle lace detailing, and a crystal teardrop necklace and earrings.
Gianna Gaspar, a seamstress who alters wedding dresses at Chicago’s Ultimate Bride, says brides are opting for additional design elements, such as longer sleeves or elongated necklines, for added drama. “I’ve seen straight black dresses or lots of dark, purple hues,” says Gaspar. To create a gothic dress, Gaspar says you can keep the lace and beading of a traditional dress, but you can change the color.
2. The tuxedo: This season, goth grooms opt for onyx ties, crimson buttonholes, dark lapels and black tuxedos. Black is an obvious choice for groom attire, so pairing a black shirt with dark red or gold accessories adds a romantic touch that will be on-trend beyond the grave. For a more classic look, opt for the traditional black tie with a sterling silver skull tie.
3. Announcements: Looking for a bold and dramatic suite of wedding stationery? The invitations are inspired by ancient tarot cards, images of coffins and Victorian-style calligraphy. The future looks bright with tarot card styles that feature custom hand-illustrated designs and dates. Personalize tarot cards with The Lovers design or a magic crystal ball. Add gold, ornate details or gothic, typographic blood drops on the card.
4. The place: Venue ideas range from cathedrals, mansions, castles and, for couples who aren’t easily spooked, cemeteries such as Uptown’s Graceland Cemetery and Ravenswood Avenue’s Rosehill Cemetery. Historic Golden Age mansions call Chicago home, like the Stan Mansion, with its elaborate ballroom, and the famous Colvin House, which features stained glass windows, crystal chandeliers, and ornate exterior detailing.
5. The decor: Wedding decor goes with goth Romanesque architecture, including birdcage chandeliers, stained wood, fireplaces, and sharp spiers. Think second-hand candles, blood oranges and dried pomegranates, floor-length curtains and a “potions” bar stocked with libations covering Bordeaux, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
6. The color palette: Dark, moody velvet, satin and lace, accented with pops of burgundy and jewel tones, replace traditional hues of blush, white and peach. Couples draw inspiration from muted fall hues, winter skies and medieval design elements to cultivate decadent dresses, architecture and décor.
7. Cocktails: Treat yourself to an elegantly gothic drinks menu. We suggest pouring shots into spell jars or blood bags. For an added twist, instead of doing the classic champagne tower, place the drinks in a coffin. Customers can experience a spooky twist on their favorite flavorful cocktails, such as Vampire’s Kiss, Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Smash, or Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini.
The Western fashion industry has seen an influx of gothic bridal fashion, a trend that won’t die, fueled by Vera Wang dresses, iconic film noir classics and, of course, Dita Von Teese, the queen of dark burlesque .
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