What does a gothic wedding look like? We’re here to show you with 64 gothic wedding ideas! With everything from black wedding dresses, skull decorations, and coffin-shaped signage, you can live your gothic dream vicariously through us and throw your own gothic wedding with ideas so unique that your guests will never forget your one hell of a big day. We couldn’t resist putting together this spooky wedding inspiration just in time for Halloween. Get in the spooky spirit with us!

‘Till death do us part! 64 best gothic wedding ideas from black wedding dresses to skull decorations

Black Wedding Dresses

Black wedding dresses and alternative brides are a match made in heaven (or hell). The opposite of the traditional white wedding dress, black wedding dresses don’t actually symbolise the opposite. Associated with loyalty, intelligence, mystery, and power, these dresses can be more of an empowering choice for brides who don’t want to embrace a white gown. Black wedding dresses are meant to signify undying devotion to the person you’re committing your life to, it takes ‘till death do us part very literally. If you don’t want to go for a black gown, you can always add black to your accessories or wedding nails!

Gothic Wedding Tablescape 

Wedding tablescapes are one of our favourite things to write about. They’re so aesthetically pleasing and are always immediately added to our Pinterest. Seriously, our wedding tablescape board on Pinterest is where it’s at! The inspiration below shows off just how to do a gothic wedding table. Most couples chose a white tablecloth or opted for just a table runner to show off the natural table material. This is so that when your photographer captures your stunning tablescape, you’ll be able to see all the details from your napkins to your place name cards. 

Black Wedding Cakes 

Black wedding cakes are where it’s at! Although black isn’t the first colour your mind would typically go to when thinking of food, it makes for a delicious-looking cake and/or icing colour. Wedding cakes are fabulous because not only can they be your wedding dessert or favours but also your wedding decor! The talent of cake makers honestly blows us away because we’ve seen some really beautiful structural and creative designs just like the ones below!

Gothic Wedding Stationery & Signage

Your wedding stationery is the first glimpse your guests will get into the theme of your wedding because the first thing they’ll receive is your save-the-dates or wedding invitations! Use your wedding stationery to give your guests an exciting teaser into what they can expect on the day and then carry it through the rest of your on the day wedding stationery and wedding signage. The coffin-shaped table plan below is everything!

Black Bridesmaid Dresses

It goes without saying that having all-black wedding outfits just makes sense if you’re having a gothic wedding. We personally love these black bridesmaid dresses. You can use the fabric of your bridesmaid dresses to add or take away from a certain feel. Satin adds a sexy vibe, sequins and sparkles make everyone look party-ready, but the style you should choose for the gothic bridesmaid dress of dreams is black velvet! 

Gothic Wedding Flowers 

Red roses are the ultimate gothic wedding flower. A bouquet of these stunning red roses is exactly what you need. The blood red shade is just perfect for enhancing other dark colours that you’ll use throughout your day. Other gothic wedding flowers and foliage we love includes black roses, thistles, black lilies, and dyed dried grass! Because of the drama these flowers give, we think a round-shaped bouquet is the ideal bouquet shape. The simplistic design lets the beauty of these flowers shine through. 

Gothic Decor Ideas 

Wondering how to have a gothic wedding? The answer is simple. You need some skulls. Closely associated with all things gothic is death, so if you’re having a gothic wedding, it makes sense to include decor that represents this. The real weddings below have included skull alcohol bottles, glassware, and vases. Choosing to have skulls made from glass or a metallic material makes them more decorative rather than realistic and highlights them as a decorative piece that works in theme. It’s the little details that make the whole theme cohesive! 

Wedding Transport 

Arriving in style isn’t something you should neglect. One of the real brides below rocked up to her big day in London’s black double-decker ghost bus! Spooky! Adding something that looks vintage or old-fashioned just adds to your gothic theme. You can opt to style your wedding car with a classic white ribbon or some lace doilies to complete the look too. Getting your chauffeur to look the part with a Victorian top hat or velvet suit would be an incredible touch. As we said above, it’s in the little things! 

Gothic Grooms

Grooms, there’s so much you can do with your look! We’ve got 8 of our most stylish grooms below to showcase just how you can have a gothic wedding. With burgundy suits,  velvet tuxedos, red rose buttonholes, and bespoke jackets, we’ve got the best groom looks! Adding some silver chains and metallic accessories will be the finishing touch you need to complete that edgy alternative style. 

Gothic Wedding Venues 

You’re going to need a venue that enhances the theme of your wedding. A gothic wedding requires something grand that looks a bit aged. Gargoyles would be amazing but some other religious iconography like stained glass windows are also ideal. Plus, the more isolated the venue, the better! That kind of unsettled spooky feeling you get from countryside venues that lie in the middle of nowhere makes them the perfect gothic setting. If it looks like somewhere Edgar Allen Poe would set one of his poems, you can’t go wrong. 

If Edgar Allen Poe would be proud, you know you’re heading in the right direction with your gothic wedding!

Gothic weddings are amazing at any time of the year, but having one in October (the official spooky month) is unbeatable. We have plenty of autumn wedding ideas to help you embrace the season. Need a cover-up to keep you warm? Here are the best wedding leather jackets

Leah Blundell

Written by Leah Blundell

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