Racquel and Lance’s real Halloween wedding theme.
Getting married in Salem … Halloween Wedding.
Halloween 2001, SALEM, MA
Racquel and Lance Zimmerman’s Halloween Ball theme wedding in Salem, Massachusetts. The city known for Haunted Happenings was featured on the cover of Weddings & Honeymoons 2001, shown left.
For a couple who met on Halloween there was no other theme or place they wanted for their wedding.
Originally from Maine the Florida based couple met when they were in high school. They dated before he went to College and she got a job in Florida. They dated others but they never stopped thinking about each other. Lance sent Racquel a birthday card at her mother’s home. And the romance started again. At the time of their wedding Lance was a computer programmer for Nabisco & General Mills. Racquel was a yacht stewardess, makeup artist and event planner.
Halloween Wedding Bride and Groom wed in Salem.
To start planning their Halloween wedding theme they went to craft and art supply stores. They searched for materials to make their own favors and decorations.
They designed their own invitations and menu. They made gift bags of candy tied with orange and black ribbon. Had pumpkin shaped candles. Ghost and bat candle holders. A spider web ice sculpture with dry ice lit with a back light. Floral centerpieces three feet high covered with cobwebs, lights, black ravens, spiders and everything else they could think of that went with their theme.
Halloween Wedding Outfits.
The bride and groom dressed traditionally for their wedding.
Lance wore a black tuxedo that had a longer jacket. Black velvet vest. And an ascot to match the vampire theme.
Racquel was going to wear black as the Halloween bride. When she tried on a black dress, and before the chiffon hit the floor, she knew she had to be a traditional bride. She chose a Cinderella style dress. Very full on the bottom with a cinched waist and spaghetti straps. She accessorized with long white gloves and a tiara in her hair.
The groomsmen were all made up like vampires in black and red. Their tuxedos were the same as the groom except their vests were red. They wore long black wool capes with red linings. Long black fingernails. Fake fangs and wore makeup.
The bridesmaids’ dresses were made from a pattern adapted to look like pretty witch dresses. The material was black gauze with a spider web pattern over taffeta. They accessorized with matching shawls that had an eight-inch fringe.
They wore tall black witch hats decorated with a black bat attached to a black sequined bow. Their earrings and necklaces had small jeweled spiders dangling from them. They carried witches’ brooms with orange and black spray. And carried dusted roses and ribbons instead of bouquets.
All their wedding guests were in costume. During the seating the score to a vampire movie was played. The bride and groom marched in to The Crow Love Song for a Vampire by Annie Lenox. The service was performed by a Justice of the Peace in a room at the Hawthorne Hotel. The couple chose different sayings for their ceremony. And included an Irish blessing requested by the bride as part of the vows.
The reception hall didn’t have to be decorated as the entire hotel was decked out in full Halloween decor. Their menu was spook-tacular. Their First Dance was to Possession by Sarah McLachlan.
Racquel and Lance honeymooned in Bermuda.
Halloween Wedding in Salem.
Ideas to share.
• A costume contest by the guests. Give out the centerpieces as prizes.
• Red skull goblets for the bridesmaids. Purple for the groomsmen to drink their toasts out of.
• Matchbooks with a bat over the moon logo. With matching orange and black napkins.
Salem, MA License information.
Salem City Clerk’s Office at toll-free (877) SALEM MA, (978) 745-9595 ext. 253 or visit www.salem.org.
Photography: courtesy R. K. Forte, Arlington Heights, MA 02476. Tel: 781.643.4377 email: [email protected].
Nightmare Halloween Wedding.
SpookyWorld / Nightmare LITCHFIELD, New Hampshire USA.
If you are Halloween addicts who adore vampire lore and searching for a “Til death do you part” Halloween wedding location check out the Scream Park in New England.
The venue has onsite catering. Unlimited entertainment options. And an event planning team. Because no two weddings are alike the venue offers customizable options. Including costumed catering staff. Monstrous mixologists. And hearse transportation for the bride and groom.
Packages are created based upon the bride and grooms personal preferences and budget.
The basic wedding package includes a private tent with bar and picnic style seating. Catered dining and VIP access to all haunted attractions on-site. Mini-golf and go-kart racing. Live shows, music and the Monster Midway that hosts dozens of terrifying creatures.
SpookyWorld / Nightmare New England is the largest most terrifying haunted destination in the Northeast. The destination also handles engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and bachelor/bachelorette parties.