The Real Story Behind the Halloween Wedding Dress

Once upon a time, in the midst of autumn’s embrace, a couple dared to defy tradition and embrace the eerie allure of Halloween for their wedding day. But what truly made this union stand out was the bride’s choice of attire – a dress that whispered tales of mystery and magic, crafted with threads of tradition interwoven with the spirit of the season.

Names: Ziggy Davey and Amy Faulkner (Now Amy Davey!)

Date: 31.10.23 Halloween!

Wedding Location: Crowcombe Court, Taunton

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: We met 13 years ago in the small town of Rye, East Sussex, in a bar that Ziggy was working in, and we became fast friends. I moved to New Zealand a year later and during my holiday back to the UK, we became a couple, and Ziggy went out to New Zealand with me. When we came back to the UK we lived in London, then Nottingham. On our 10 year anniversary we went to Newstead Abbey to walk around the house and grounds, and during our walk through the forest, Ziggy got down on one knee and popped the big question! This was 23rd July 2022.

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or colour palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

A: Being an alternative couple, we knew Halloween was the perfect day for our wedding, and the theme should match accordingly. We chose black (of course!) and burgundy as the colour palette. We wanted to give out guests a once in a life time, spooky wedding experience, and declare out love in our way. There were coffin wedding favours and a Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride wedding cake. Little skulls dotted here and there and black lace throughout. The reception was a full blown Halloween party with a spooky sweets stall, fearsome face painter and even a twist on apple bobbing! (Duck dunking in a cauldron of green jelly!) Everyone got into fancy dress and we awarded one guest with a best costume award!

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: Working for a charity  we felt very strongly that the majority of the decor be preloved, recycled or hand made. We spent between September 2022 to July 2023 going to charity shops and boot fairs to find little gems. The candle sticks, scythes, and table ornaments were sprayed black, the lace table cloths were off cuts, and the table name bottles and place names were all bought second hand. The wedding favours were hand make with little vials of red liquid, little chocolates and a tiny pet rock. We spent our evening crafting and spraying the lion share of the decorations. Even the coffin box for cards was handmade! Where we couldn’t but preloaded, we made sure to champion the independent suppliers, as we believe in supporting local small businesses.(the cake and the wedding bouquets & accessories, and Ziggy’s suit we got from single person businesses found on facebook!)

Q: What were some of your favourite parts of your wedding?

A: for me, I had 2 thar I can’t pick between. 1 was seeing Ziggy at the at the end of the aisle, looking drop dead gorgeous, and the other was seeing all of our guests dressed up and looking sensational, and so on theme and looking so happy! Ziggy’s is watching me walk down the aisle(awwww!)

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? 

A: I always knew I wanted to wear black on my wedding day. My mum and I went to a few High Street bridal shops to work out what styles didn’t suit me, then my Best Woman and I went to an alternative dress shop for inspiration. She and her daughter then drew up a design we had discussed and then you ground me an extremely talented dress maker, who made my vision a reality!

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: Definitely the ceremony itself. It was terrifying standing in front of so many people, but it was so special. With am Edgar Allen Poe reading and lyrics from our song. It was perfect.

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: Any special arrangements with your venue make sure you get in writing, pause during your big day to soak in the splendour, make your day unique to you!

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