The Best Global Destinations for a Halloween Wedding

Love the idea of holding your wedding festivities in a fright-filled locale? There are dozens of locations around the world where couples love to hold their Halloween-themed celebrations, but a few spots stand out from the rest. Here are 5 of the best locations to consider if you’re planning a Halloween wedding!

 

  • Transylvania, Romania

 

Home to the famous, fictional vampire Dracula, Transylvania is widely recognized as one of the most iconic regions in the world to spend Halloween. In the months leading up to the spooky season, Transylvania transforms into a Halloween-lover’s paradise. Bran Castle, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s iconic novel, is the perfect setting for couples who love all things medieval and magical. The castle recently held its first wedding ceremony and now more couples are beginning to look at this location as the perfect setting for their fall destination wedding.

Throughout the region, you and your guests can enjoy haunted tours through medieval towns and Halloween-themed parties within Gothic castles during October. In addition to touring the famed castle, visitors love taking advantage of day trips to explore more of the Romanian countryside.

 

  • New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Home to the iconic French Quarter (and a handful of haunted hotels), New Orleans is recognized as a favorite location to enjoy the Halloween haunts. One luxury venue in particular, Hotel Provincial, is known as one of the best sites in the city to spot a spirit wandering the halls. Once a Civil War hospital, Hotel Provincial has been transformed into a gorgeous, vintage venue, complete with historic architecture, elegant courtyards, and an award-winning restaurant on site.

“The Big Easy” is notorious for its voodoo and vampires and you can watch the city come alive with these iconic characters during the month of October. Among costume parties and galas, New Orleans goes above and beyond to give back to charity during these frightful festivities. You and your partner can get on board by encouraging wedding guests to donate to organizations that benefit the local communities.

 

  • Ireland

 

Did you know Ireland can be credited for birthing the beloved holiday of Halloween? That’s right, this luscious country is to thank for one of our favorite holidays of the year. The traditions began 3,000 years ago in the Celtic country as a celebration of the beginning of winter, but the thrills and chills of Halloween are still celebrated throughout the country to this day.

Couples who desire a truly terrific spot for their tricks and treats will love BallyGally Castle in Antrim. The ghost of Lady Isabella Shaw is believed to have haunted the hotel’s halls for over 400 years. In addition to honoring her memory with a “Ghost Room”, BallyGally boasts romantic architecture dating back hundreds of years, complete with stone spires and stunning sea views. For couples looking to celebrate a more modern way, big cities across Dublin host large festivals, parades, and parties for locals and visitors to enjoy together.

 

  • Salem, Massachusetts

 

Once the site of the infamous 17th-century witch trials, Salem, Massachusetts has continued to be a Halloween hotspot centuries later. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors make their way to Salem to enjoy the spooks and spirits that are said to be wandering the city, and your guests will be treated to the same experience. Voted the best place to celebrate Halloween in the U.S., visitors can enjoy re-enactments of the witch trials and experience the candlelit graveyard tour that pays homage to those that lost their lives during the famed witch hunts.

Hawthorne Hotel remains one of the most popular spots in the area for couples tying the knot. Previous guests claim to have seen supernatural happenings throughout the venue, like sightings of Bridget Bishops’ ghost, the first woman to die in the witch hunt. As a venue, however, guests love the view the hotel offers of Salem’s Common from the Grand Ballroom. Combine these views with the incomparable fall foliage that covers the Northeast in October, and you and your partner will be in for a romantic celebration.

 

  • Mexico

 

For a truly unique trick-or-treating experience, consider heading down to Mexico for your wedding festivities. Dia de Los Muertos brings a week-long celebration to cities and towns across this tropical country, and celebrating Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico is becoming a major bucket list item for travelers all around the world. Mexico City is always a crowd favorite for this holiday, but more and more, tourists and honeymooners are flocking to San Miguel de Allende for its authentic All Saints’ Day celebrations.

Among some of the favorite spots to tie the knot in this quaint town is the town’s pink Neo-Gothic church. Countless couples have decided to make this the place they say their “I do’s”. In addition to its picturesque streets and stunning sunsets, couples won’t be disappointed with the opportunity to tie in the delicious local cuisine with their big day.

In which of these spooky spots would you want to say your “I do’s”? Whichever one you and your future spouse pick for your happy Halloween wedding, we’d love to come along to capture every chilling moment of your special day. Give us a call to discuss incorporating our video services into your luxury Halloween wedding!

The Top Luxury Wedding Trends of Summer 2018

Rose gold decor, industrial warehouses, and donut-lined walls filled our Instagram feeds last year as brides around the country threw their wedding day celebrations. However, this year, luxury weddings are getting a bit of a twist on their traditional decor. Here are 5 trends we can expect to see at this season’s matrimonious celebrations.

  • Experience > Favors

Gone are the days of wrapped boxes of mints and bags of personalized M&Ms. This summer, couples plan to thank their guests with immersive experiences rather than material items. From specialized entertainment to unique drink stations, the sky’s the limit for couples looking to add extra flair to their big day. Some of the more popular entertainment choices that couples are picking include fortune tellers, illusionists, life-sized game boards, and even acrobats.

  • A Revamped Wedding Party

The traditional wedding party is getting a whole new look for luxury weddings this summer. Couples are now inviting their grandparents to be ring bearers and flower girls, wedding parties are no longer divided up by gender, and dogs are getting special roles during the ceremonies. For brides and grooms with best friends of the opposite gender, this new trend allows them to honor their friends in their wedding without being constricted by old wedding traditions. Putting a little flair on your wedding party can add a fun twist for your guests and make your wedding more memorable.

  • The Florals are Getting Flipped

Say goodbye to heavy, voluminous floral centerpieces this summer, and hello to hanging floral arrangements. At luxury weddings, tables are being decorated from the top down as chandeliers are adorned with flowers. Some of the most popular floral options for these stunning centerpieces? Orchids, wisteria, and roses make beautiful additions to any upside-down bouquet.

  • Deep Necklines and Luxe Lace

As far as wedding dresses go, brides planning luxury weddings are opting for more form-fitting, lacy dresses this summer. Princess gowns and A-line dresses are predicted to make a comeback eventually, but for this summer, popular gown styles involve deep necklines, lace sleeves, form-fitting material, and loose waves for the wedding day hairstyle.

  • Clear is the New Color

From venues with full glass walls to decor designs featuring clear candelabras, chandeliers, and dining chairs, weddings are going transparent this summer. Shimmering, crystal accents paired with pastel decor will likely appear at weddings all over the country, and soft twinkle lights will help every glass detail shine. With the re-emerging popularity of mid-century interior design, luxury weddings are seeing an increase in the use of this see-through decor.

This summer, luxury weddings are going bigger and better than before. By focusing on their guests’ wedding experience and incorporating jaw-dropping details, couples are setting this summer’s wedding trends extravagantly. Don’t forget to hire your wedding videographer to capture every element of your modern wedding – from your grandma tossing flower petals down the aisle to your guests playing an intense game of life-sized checkers. If you’re still in the market for a professional wedding videography team, give us a call to chat about how we can take your luxury wedding and turn it into a memory that will last a lifetime.

The Ideal Wedding Planning Timeline

The average engagement lasts 16 months, allowing time for the bride and groom to plan the perfect date, venue, vendors, decor, guest list, and wedding day outfits for the entire wedding party. If you’re becoming overwhelmed at the thought of planning all of your wedding details at once, don’t worry! We have compiled a wedding-planning timeline that will keep you organized and help you stay on top of planning the important details of your special day.

12-16 months prior:

 

  • Decide your budget

 

Take your family’s contributions and your own into account when deciding on the big number.

 

  • Choose your wedding party

 

The minute you say “Yes”, your best friends from high school and college roommates will wonder if they made the cut. Save everyone the worry and choose your bridal party far ahead of time.

 

  • Begin planning the guest list

 

Make a spreadsheet to stay even more prepared. Include columns for guests’ contact information, RSVPS, gifts, dietary restrictions, and any other important information that will help your planning run more smoothly down the line.

 

  • Reserve venues

 

More popular venues often book over a year in advance. Have your eye on a particular spot for your wedding? Once your wedding date has been decided, call the venue and avoid being disappointed with a fully booked schedule.

 

  • Research vendors

 

Similarly to venues, the best vendors can easily become overbooked. Start looking for ideal wedding videographers, photographers, florists, and caterers, and factor their prices into your overall wedding budget!

8-10 months prior

 

  • Time for the best part – wedding dress shopping!

 

8 months seem like a long time to be buying a dress? It’s important to factor in any alterations and adjustments that will need to be made. Many brides need at least 3 fittings to make sure their dress fits like a glove for their special day. Do your tailor a favor and leave time for any necessary adjustments!

 

  • Hire, hire, hire

 

You’ve done your research. It’s time to seal the deal with your photographer, videographer, caterer, and wedding entertainment. Specific wedding-day information is not necessary to give them yet, but you’ll want to make sure you have them reserved for your important day.

 

  • Register

 

It is recommended to sign up at least 3 different retailers to allow guests options for their wedding gifts. You should also begin creating your wedding website. Include the wedding date, travel information, and accommodations on your site for guests to reference.

5-7 months prior

 

  • Honeymoon time

 

Start talking honeymoon logistics with your fiance. Make sure your shots are up-to-date and your passports, if applicable, won’t expire before or soon after your travel dates.

 

  • Invitations

 

Purchase your invitations and begin addressing them. Or, save yourself time by hiring a calligrapher to create elegant, professional wedding invitations.

 

  • Order bridesmaids dresses

 

While bridemaids dresses won’t need as much attention as your wedding dress, it is important to leave time for any adjustments that may need to be made. Don’t forget to begin your dress fittings during this time, as well.

4-5 months prior

 

  • Order the cake

 

After taste-tasting several options, place the order for your wedding cake(s).

 

  • Hair and makeup

 

Attend appointments with several makeup artists and hairstylists to find the perfect look for your special day. Don’t forget to take a picture after each session to compare your results!

 

  • Finalize food and flowers

 

Seal the deal on the food and flowers you want at the event. These items are often affected by season, so wait until the season of your wedding to make your picks.

 

  • Print menu cards and programs

 

After the food and ceremony order has been finalized, print these documents. This will save you time and stress when the wedding date comes closer, and allows for any edits and changes to be made.

Two months prior

 

  • Choose the playlist

 

What music do you want playing during the reception dinner? The dancing? Whatever it is, make sure to keep a running playlist for your DJ to reference!

 

  • Send out invitations

 

Send them out 6-8 weeks before the wedding, and specify a 3-week RSVP cutoff after the postmark date.

 

  • Meet with the photographer and videographer

 

Specify shots that you want of the event and the shots that are most important to you. Walk through the location with them for an added explanation.

One month prior

 

  • Get the marriage license

 

This process can sometimes take up to a week, so leave time for any potential mistakes or corrections to be made. If you are changing your name, don’t forget to order several copies!

 

  • Visit the dressmaker for the (hopefully) last fitting

 

If you are still unsure, you can try to schedule an appointment for the week of your wedding to make sure it fits perfectly.

 

  • Assign seating

 

Draw out a map of the table arrangements and write your guests’ names on sticky notes so they can be easily moved around, if needed.

The week of

 

  • Delegate tasks for the day of the wedding

 

Decide who will carry your dress, who will be the point person for each vendor, and who will be in charge of gifts.

 

  • Check in with vendors and write checks

 

Give each vendor the important details for their role, and include tips with their paychecks.

 

  • Pack for your honeymoon

 

Soon, all the stress will be over!

And finally, get married! It’s a long process, but we know with lots of preparation, help from friends and family, and (of course) wine, you can accomplish it. Most importantly, have fun with planning your big day. And for hiring an experienced wedding videographer, contact Life Event Films® to capture all the magical moments of your special day and let us help you Celebrate the Journey®!