Are You a Gothic Bride? Gothic Wedding Ideas

Written by on August 7, 2013 in The Bride, Wedding Attire, Wedding Planning, Wedding Themes with 3 Comments

gothic wedding ideasContrary to what some think, a Gothic wedding isn’t always about all black clothes and white face with black lips. Gothic themed weddings are actually growing in popularity with a lot of unique couples. It is possible to have a wedding with a Gothic feel or Gothic elements and it still be quite elegant and romantic.

What is Gothic?

There are lots of schools of thought here. There is not one type of Gothic but how it is personally interpreted. Some dress in a Gothic style, others decorate their home in a Gothic style while others still live a more complete Gothic lifestyle of their choosing.

What level you want to take your wedding is a personal choice — a little touch, middle of the road between Gothic and traditional or all out — it’s your interpretation of Gothic and how much you want to incorporate that’s important in the wedding planning.

Gothic Wedding Elements

Some of the easiest areas to add a Gothic touch include the —

  • Bridal Party attire
  • Cake
  • Location
  • Centerpieces

For this article, we are going to concentrate on the attire. More articles to come will address the other areas.

Gothic Wedding Attire

The colors that are prevalent in Gothic style include:

  • Black
  • Red
  • Purple

For a Gothic wedding, you can add ivory or another off shade of white. Ivories, champagnes and winter whites all have the “aged” feel you want for a Gothic wedding.

Gothic style gets much of its elements for clothing from the Victorian era — corsets, riffles and bell sleeves are all a nod towards Victorian style — it’s the colors that make the difference.

Chiffon Wedding Dress with Bell Sleeves

Purplish Red Crystal Wedding Dress

You can get a more traditional dress if you would rather and accessorize it a bit more Gothic. Birdcage veils, lace fingerless gloves or satin black gloves or you could carry a black parasol or feather fan.

The options are only limited by your imagination.

Next time, we’ll talk about Gothic decor and centerpieces…

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About the Author: With 20+ years in the wedding and event industry, I have seen a lot of unique, unusual and funky weddings. Every one of them were a journey of discovery and a reflection of the bride and groom. I had a ball and am now passing along some of those pearls of wisdom to today's brides and grooms. A wedding is personal -- it's about the two of you and your relationship -- let's make it as unique and offbeat as you each are! .


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  1. Sandra says:

    Someone told me about her daughter’s recent Gothic wedding, and I had never heard of it before. Your post was quite interesting,

  2. Susan says:

    Wonderful ideas for a Goth bride. Those little extras are what make up the look for any color scheme. Great choices here.

  3. Cynthia says:

    I do love the gothic style, probably in large part because I am fascinated by the Victorian era clothing. I would love to participate in a gothic wedding! It would be a lot of fun to help plan the gowns and flower arrangements.

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