18 costume weddings that got it right

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It's getting to be that time of year again: Halloween wedding season! We can always count on seeing loads of weddings where guests are encouraged to come in costume. Because, seriously, costumes always amp up the fun factor. Here are 18 costume weddings that totally get it right.

Oh, and if you need some help getting your guests excited about donning some garb, here are some tips.

The appropriately named “Team Awesome” gives new meaning to epic commitment (and heels).

Alice in Wonderland awesomeness.

Catherine & Jeff's Wedding
Photo from Catherine & Jeffrey's Alice in Wonderland-themed circus reception by 586Media

Getting the wedding party involved is usually a great place to start the costume wedding enthusiasm.

Photo from Melissa & Joe's Star Wars masquerade ball

Oh, and providing killer masks helps, too! We love seeing costume weddings with masks

Photo from Melissa & Joe's Star Wars masquerade ball

Pirates, baby — the best way to show off your floofy shirts that you know you totally own.

Photo from Giselle & Alan's pirate handfasting wedding by Diane Woodring

Steampunk costume weddings are a reliable way to confuse and delight your guests.

Photo from Kristina & Matthew's steampunk and science bookish wedding by Matt Norris

One signature costume (like a Beetlejuice officiant!) can set the mood for the whole shebang.

Costumes at festivals are a given, so when weddings adopt that theme, it can be amazing.


Post-apocalyptic carnival theme? Oh hell yes.

Ye olde ren faire-style is one of my personal faves.


Don't forget Viking weddings! These look era-appropriate and comfy.

No wedding dress code can fail when Buttercup and Wesley are the anchors.

Fake blood? A pair of scissors? Your zombie costume is done.

Photo from Joey & Wade's crowdsourced zombie wedding by Shutter2Think Photography

Lightsabers make every Star Wars theme better… as does Waldo, right?

Photo from Andrell & Aaron's Padme and Anakin Star Wars wedding by Mentha Designs

Masquerades are (appropriately) all about the masks, so dressing guests (and this dapper wedding party) is easy-peasy.

Formal Groomsmen
Photo from Jenifer & William's opulent masquerade ball wedding by B. Pinzon Photography

With a totally open gamer, Star Wars, geeky costume theme, everyone can wear what they love.

Photo from Giovanna & Jonathan's colorful gamers and costumes wedding by Sharyn Frenkel Photography

One last Star Wars wedding for the road… and this romantic Jawa dance.

Giant Jawa Waltz
Photo from Nadia & Dale's wookiee boogie Star Wars wedding by Wedding Dream Services

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Comments on 18 costume weddings that got it right

  1. Can I just time travel and crash all these weddings? They look mega fun. I promise to bring a mint condition in the box action figure for the a wedding gift.

  2. Is that Mike Saga I see front and center in the second to last picture?! Lol I love when I recognize people in the weddings Offbeat Bride features!

    • Yes! He is a good friend of my husband’s so he did our wedding! He’s amazing! 🙂

  3. We are having a Steampunk wedding. The “adventuring party” (thanks for that term btw) is going to look awesome but I don’t know if many of the guests will be dressed up. Either way it will be awesome!

    • Depending on your budget, you could have top hats, goggles, or bronze colored masks for quests (or an assortment). Or gear pins, etc.

  4. We are having a sci-fi/rockabilly Circus wedding. The officiant will be my creepy friend, The Ghostmanof Greenville, SC, Jason Profit and he’ll be the ringmaster. And the rest if the party will be dressed as circus characters (this way one of the girls can rock leopard print and be a trained cat!) The flower girl will be a pink Dalek and the ring bearer will be dressed as a dancing bear! I’m encouraging rockabilly dress and my beloved’s aunt can’t wait to wear her poodle skirt and saddle shoes!

  5. We’re planning a tiny Halloween wedding, and costumes are “encouraged,” but not mandatory. We’re hoping for some awesomeness from our friends, though, who almost never miss an opportunity to dress up.

  6. Video of my Star Wars geeky gamer costume wedding posted up there! Password: rascalfilms

  7. We’re having a Wizarding Wedding and strongly encouraging our guests to dress in costume.

  8. My wedding is going to be Medieval/Fantasy/Princess Bride/Basically anything in that area. I have quite a few guests who are really excited about dressing up, and I just hope most people do.
    Its not a halloween wedding though; my birthday is the 27th and I’d rather not get married so close to it. (or the 3 other birthdays we have in october.)

  9. We are having a sci-fi / travel/ do-it-yourself/ Harry potter WoW themed wedding. Basically our favorite science fiction tv shows and movies with Harry potter and camping travel with world of warcraft and decorating is made and done by me (bride). Plus it’s a potluck reception. It’s a very multifaceted theme. Very us! Guests are welcome to wear something from our theme. But not expecting them to.

  10. These all looked Fab. I wished more people dressed up for ours, but they didn’t – apparently wear something blue/silver/sci fi related was confusing.

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