I’ve put together some ideas to give your gothic wedding a dramatic and mysterious style, based around a colour scheme of reds and black. Picking a suitable venue will help you achieve a gothic look more easily; Victorian buildings or medieval castles are perfect. If you can’t find a gothic venue that’s within budget don’t panic, there are plenty of things you can do to transform a venue into a gothic masterpiece. Lighting plays a big part for gothic weddings; low light with candles will help create the right ambience.
You can really go to town dressing your tables for a gothic theme. You might want to book the services of a venue dressing company or event planner to provide most of the items as they will be able to hire them to you. To dress your tables, hire black cloths and team with red and black accessories. Linen companies can provide baroque print table cloths like the one on the mood board, the fabric gives a luxurious opulent feel.
For your centrepieces you could use black candelabras with Ivy wrapped around the arms. Or for floral centrepieces stack some vintage horror books on the table and place a collection of apothecary bottles on them, place single flowers in the bottles in black, deep reds and purples. You can’t really get a true black flower but some purple and red flowers are so dark they appear black so they are named as black. Deep red flowers include black dahlias, black baccara roses, and chocolate cosmos which are a velvety red/chocolate colour. Dark purple flowers include schwarzwälder or black forest calla lily, queen of the night tulip and moonvista carnation.
Use red charger plates, black napkins and ornate goblets to continue the theme. Calligraphy is perfect for a gothic look so have your place cards written by a calligraphist. Miniature potion or apothecary bottles would work well for favours. If you want to make your own favours make some sloe gin and decant into bottles with personalised labels.
Mood board supplies:
Carmen rose bouquet – theflowerco.co.uk
Mixed wedding bouquet – anastasiaehlers.com, photography Anne Nunn
Red wedding dress – gothic4weddings.blogspot.co.uk by KMKdesings.org
Black baroque fabric – Robert Kaufman fabric
Black candlestick – clevelandaccessories.co.uk
Invitation – royalsteamline.com
Wedding cake – Cake Girls via realsimple.com
Wedding favour bottles – labouroflovepreserves.co.uk