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I love when couples add their own personal flair to a wedding – and one of the coolest ways to be original is to have a gothic-themed wedding. So much drama and glamour, with the potential to be creepy AND elegant all at once, goth weddings are where it’s at! Especially for October – Halloween season is the absolute perfect time to have a theatrical, bewitching wedding. Unless you’re sending Save the Dates, your wedding invitations will be the first hint guests will get as to the theme of your wedding – so make sure they know it’ll be an enchantingly glamorous bash with the following totally fabulous and creative gothic-themed wedding invites:
First up is this “Castle Keep” from gothic go-getters Royal Steamline – they have so many cool designs, it was hard to choose! But I love the stark drama of this mountaintop castle (can anyone say Dracula?) especially paired with that spikey, calligraphic font.
Another from Royal Steamline, these invitations are in a more whimsical illustration-style, but definitely still distinctly gothic with the black and white colors, scrollwork gate, thin skeletal font and ESPECIALLY (did you think I was about to forget?) the charming his-and-hers tombstones at the top!
This design comes from a small studio, Anista Designs. Black and white stripes are so in, and pairing them with an ornate frame in lightest cream and black, and the offbeat font for the bride and groom’s names, and you suddenly have a whimsically elegant black and white wedding invitation.
I don’t know about you but the last several invitations (and this one from Minted!) are totally giving me Lemony Snicket vibes. What is it about poster-style, hand-lettered text, and fanciful little curls that screams, “I am clever and peculiar!” I don’t know, but I love it. The black and white color scheme on these ones makes them perfect for halloween weddings, too – of course you could get it in other colors, but why would you?
Here’s another Lemony Snickety, poster-style type invitation. Just the right amount of whimsy and swirls make this wedding invitation curiously sophisticated.
Ok, so it doesn’t exactly scream gothic, but I do think the bone-white and grey, with accents of austere black, make this floral wedding invitation totally appropriate for a more feminine sort of goth affair.
Gorgeously lush laser-cut peonies are the centerpiece of this black and white design – it’s the sheer drama of it that makes me think it would work wonderfully as the invitation to a more subtly gothic themed wedding.
Old-fashioned swirls in sparkly silver, smudgy aged black texture, and elegant classic script and serif fonts makes this black wedding invitation a throwback to classier times, when everything was black, white and dramatic. The corner accents are reminiscent of gothic wrought-iron scrollwork.
Again with the silver scrollwork accents – you can’t blame a girl for trying! No really though, I do love this spare and simple design. The black, white and silver-grey color scheme makes it definitely appropriate for a sort of throwback, old hollywood glam halloween wedding. Which may or may not be a thing but it definitely should be!
I know I’m stretching with this one but I really do adore this wedding invitation. Lush flowers are all over the place but lush flowers in dark, dramatic midnight blue lighting? Totally original. Once again, it’s the over-the-top drama, combined with the dark night-time gorgeousness of the flowers, that makes me think it would totally work for a gothic inspired wedding.
Oooh, these invitations are so cool! The laser-cut scrollwork gates to open the invitation – just amazing. And the black-and-white, elegant ornate design on the inside is also lovely! These would definitely make an impression.
These black and white, medieval gothic style invites from Etsy are just downright elegant. Swirly script and just ever-so-slightly eldritch serif are the perfect marriage in this invitation set. The ornate scrollwork hits just the right note of creepy elegance.
Looking for a poster-style Halloweedn wedding invitation? Look no further! The old-fashioned wording and accents are perfect for a gothic wedding.
What would a gothic wedding invitation round-up be without a nod to everyone’s favorite Skellington? These Nightmare Before Christmas themed wedding invitations are truly, terribly, skeletally whimsical and and charming. Just beware: the Jack and Sally figures aren’t included in the files – you’ll have to add them back in yourself.
And now we turn to my favorite wedding invitation vendor, Zazzle (am I biased? no way…). These wedding invitations, with the skeleton key and matching heart lock, are perhaps more vintage elegance than straight-up gothic, but I think the peeling torn pages, wing illustration, scrollwork and damask wallpaper tip it towards the gothically inclined category.
Chalkboard, bats and spiders – what’s not to love? Simple and chic, yet on receiving this invitation there’d be no mistaking the wedding for anything other than a fabulous Halloween affair.
An ornate chandelier, shiny scrollwork, and subtle BAT accents make for fancy Halloween wedding invitations. This design is from Oddlot Paperie – a talented designer with totally offbeat and awesome designs!
And last of all, my own design! I know, conflict of interest – but how could I help it with such a theme? This is actually one of my most popular wedding invitations. A dramatic bone-white scrollwork frame complete with cobwebs and a textured background – yeah, I surprised myself with my own darkness and subsequently fell in love with gothic weddings.
Nightmare Before Christmas Wedding Vows
I get a lot of search traffic from google to this page looking for vows from Nightmare Before Christmas. I looked into it and since Sally and Jack Skellington don’t get married in the movie, they technically don’t have any vows (or at least none that were recorded in the movie!)
But here’s a nice quote from the final song when Jack & Sally finally admit their love for each other, that you could use in your wedding:
Jack Skellington: My dearest friend, if you don’t mind… I’d like to join you by your side. Where we can gaze into the stars…
Jack & Sally: And sit together, now and forever. For it is plain, as anyone can see. We’re simply meant to be.
If you are interested in some dark gothic vows from another Tim Burton movie though, these ones from the Corpse Bride are very good:
With this hand I will lift your sorrows.
Your cup will never be empty, for I will be your wine.
With this candle, I will light your way into darkness.
With this ring, I ask you to be mine.