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Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend

by Julia Thompson 19 Oct 2022 0 Comments
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Pop punk and black nails are back, so dust off those combat boots and studded belts. Between this cultural phenomenon's comeback and the popularity of the dark academia aesthetic, it's no surprise the Gothic Wedding theme is trending. What better time to get dark and moody than October?

A few years ago, Lily and Joe Amberg won our Win Your Wedding Flowers Contest. Their Gothic Wedding theme was to die for. They used unique decor to achieve their dark and opulent day. We used their wedding as inspiration to help you nail the Gothic Wedding theme or a Halloween wedding. Just remember, the devil is in the details. Lily and Joe went for a more whimsical approach to this trend, so there's room to get even darker and moodier if that's your style. 

The Love Story 

Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend Overview of Wedding

Lily and Joe tied the knot on October 13th at the Vandiver Inn in Havre De Grace, Maryland — its gorgeous Victorian architecture perfectly complements the autumn weather.

"I looked up a lot of October and Halloween wedding pins on Pinterest and pulled elements from those to mix with traditional wedding elements. We didn't want anything too dark or kitschy, so we knew our flowers and decor would play a huge part in translating our vision," Lily said.

Lily opted for a beautiful celestial-inspired gown rather than the traditional white dress. She finished the look with custom-made jewelry from Brass Dragon. "My dress was midnight blue with some sheer black tulle and shimmering celestial embroidery. I wanted to make sure I had a hint of blue in the decor, so I went with the blue thistles, which symbolize unity, victory, and endurance, which I thought was fitting," she said.

The color palette consisted of deep red, burgundy, and plum. The bride also incorporated light colors like blush, lavender, and ivory to lighten the color palette.

FiftyFlowers to the Rescue!

Wedding planning got stressful when the florist Lily had booked initially went out of business. As a result, that fall-through was a blessing in disguise because it led her to "I stumbled upon FiftyFlowers and immediately felt relieved. I worked with Violet (a member of the FiftyFlowers customer service team), and she is an absolute lifesaver!"

With the help of her now-husband, they were able to create gorgeous gothic floral arrangements using FiftyFlower's wholesale flowers. "Joe was literally my bouquet model. He held his hands together and stood still while I added more and more stems at different angles. I think the fact that we created the arrangements together also helped our vision become a reality. We work well as a team," Lily said.

Here's exactly what Lily ordered to create stunning DIY gothic bouquets and arrangements for her Gothic Wedding theme!

Lily's Flower Order

1. Gothic Bridal Bouquet 

Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend Gothic Bridal Bouquet


This dreamy gothic wedding theme bouquet features blue thistle, dahlias, protea, scabiosa, and hanging amaranthus. Various eucalyptus greeneries added the perfect amount of fullness and texture.

2. Maid of Honor Bouquet

Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend Maid of Honor Bouquet


The maid of honor bouquet was just as lavish! The maid of honor's greenery-filled bouquet featured a fall color palette, perfect for any fall wedding.

3. Floral Centerpieces


Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend Centerpieces


These lush arrangements filled with cascading greenery and delicate flowers added color, life, and whimsy to the table.

4. Ceremony Decor


Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend Ceremony Decor
Easy yet opulent details and fresh roses petals decorated the intimate ceremony.


5. Aisle Arrangements


Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend Aisle Arrangements


This October wedding wasn't complete without clusters of pumpkins embellished with fresh flowers.

6. Ceremony Aisle Chair Arrangements


Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend Ceremony Aisle Chair Decor


Every other chair featured a gorgeous small arrangement made up of greenery and protea.

7. Seating Chart Table Arrangement


Seating Chart Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend


Lily kept things simple yet elegant with her seating chart. The venue's Victorian style and dark colors added moodiness.

8. Guest Book Table Arrangement


Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend Guest Book


The bride enhanced her guest book table with a small arrangement of statement flowers like protea and roses. Flowers like thistle, scabiosa, and greenery provided the perfect amount of texture and interest.

9. Skulls Embellished with Fresh Flowers


Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend Pumpkin Skull Decor


Scattered throughout the venue were these dramatic skulls embellished with fresh flowers—a beautiful reminder of the cycle of life. 

10. Victorian-Inspired Wedding Cake


Gothic Wedding Theme: How to Nail This Growing Trend Gold Wedding Cake


A gorgeous three-tier wedding cake with gold details fit in perfectly with the bride's elegant gothic wedding theme!

At its core, the Gothic Wedding theme is about celebrating the beauty in the dark and moody, the magnificence in the macabre. This look thrives in the cohesive details. As long as you go all out and stay consistent, you will nail it. When it comes to the Gothic Wedding theme, bigger is better. Dramatic is in. Just stay true to yourself and your love story. Design your special day how you and your partner want to and it will be amazing, skulls and all. 

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Originally written by Thalia Basulto

Photographer: Black, White and Raw Photography, Dress Designer: Tadashi Shoji, Venue: Vandiver Inn, Hair and Makeup: Jenn Haines of Gloss Philly, Floral: The Bride, Lily of Witch's Way Crafts

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