The main characteristic of a gothic subculture wedding is the darker color
scheme, with the color black and red dominating. Black wedding attires, dramatic
hues, candles and spooky objects fully reminiscent the gothic wedding.
Instead of the wedding happening in the church the Goths would love to have the
ceremony at the graveyards. The wedding venue may take place at an ancient
castle For a perfect gothic wedding you need to plan carefully for the ceremony
beforehand. It is a project like home decoration so you need careful planning.
You need too make all the elements come together in harmony. Choose every thing
starting from the venue, dress, music and the sets according to the gothic
theme. All the aspects of the ceremony should be in harmony. or old buildings. The settings of the entire venue will be like going to
To create a gothic atmosphere chooses a place with an older feel that can evoke
a sense of drama. You can both opt for a castle or any old building and add some
gothic touches here and there. The best way is to create a set for the whole
ceremony with every decoration done in a gothic style.
If you want to perform your wedding in a Victorian chapel or any house of
worship, then it is up to the chapel’s officials to decide whether they will
allow the ceremony to happen or not. You choose an outdoor ceremony than it is
must easier to decorate the sets and perform the wedding.
For the music choose something appropriate which will merge with the whole
theme. If you play a soft soothing music or a light jazz music will certainly
put off the mood about the whole concept of the wedding. A more suitable music
will be a classical overture with haunting and melodic rhythms.
As dark is the main the theme of the ceremony, the wedding dresses will be of
the darker shades. Choose any dark colors dresses to merge with the whole
Types of Gothic Weddings
The gothic subculture wedding ceremonies have different motifs and themes. Not
all gothic weddings are alike. It is according to this theme that that you can
explore through your wedding outfits, decoration and music from many different
angles. Some of the themes and motifs can be Victorians, Medieval/Renaissance,
Fairy or Cemetery.
In the Victorian Gothic Wedding all attires are based according to the Victorian
Era. The dresses of the bride and groom are of that era. The only thing is that
in this wedding only dark color shades are worn.
The setting of the venue also resembles that of the era. Building build in or
replicating 1800 through 1910s could be appropriate. Rooms with dark wood
detailing, rich carpets and drapes, and may be a dramatic stone or a craved
fireplace would be ideal.
Decorating should be done in a very Victorian way. For a gothic wedding blood
red roses would be perfect than any other. Dark fabrics swags in velvet, satin,
or lace would be perfect to groom up a plain room. Table clothes in dark colors
with silver candles holders are preferable.
Medieval is the original connotation of Gothic. The scene according to this
theme is clustered with the dark vision of the medieval era. You can see
gargoyles covering huge stone churches and castle.
The style is of décor according to this theme is simple, yet rich. Wall
tapestries, silver or iron candlesticks, skulls, Persian rugs, velvet drapes,
framed medieval or Pre-Raphaelite prints, gargoyles and swords are usually used
in a medieval style Gothic wedding. The ambience is warm, simple, elegant and
rough around the edges. The set ups is both rustic and aristocratic in nature.
Any gothic music will suit in this décor. Gregorian chants belonging to the era
will be ideal but the modern’s exotic and haunting strain music are also
If you want to make your childhood fantasies of getting married in fairyland
come true, then you can opt for the Fairy motifs. The fairy motif is evocative
of childhood stories and folkloric legends. It is a complete escape into a world
The décors can be simple but a little change from the typical Goth style. Since
the ambience is fantastical, dreamy, mystical, sleepy and floating, the dark
shade may be a bit too extreme. Although white may seem to be antithetical to
most Goths, you can contrast the color against the traditional black in this
In this theme you may put light fabrics draped from the ceiling, Pre- Raphaelite
prints, and candles in silver and glass holders. You can also decorate the walls
with dried and silk flowers.
For those graveyard lovers, the cemetery theme is the perfect choice. Crumbling
stonework, tattered shrouds, and death appeals you a lot than this theme is best
apt for you.
The décor are an archetype of a real cemetery. Since the cemetery have a limited
color tones, the palettes are mostly done in black, shades of grey, and little
touches of white. You can deck up the sets with gargoyles, stone or iron
candleholder, grave markers, rosaries draped hither and yon, coffin-shaped boxes
and religious figurines.
A gothic wedding entirely goes against the traditional wedding. It is a
full respect shown to the dark movement it follows. Goth feels
themselves as free thinkers, unafraid to penetrate into subjects that
are labeled as taboo by most people. They practice dark magic, mysticism
and the darker side of life. The Gothic wedding truly represents their
love for this dark movement. It is a rejection of the traditional
practices and the relationship that it represents. These dark
followers prefer to show their own way of defining relationships and
values of life.