Halloween Themed Rehearsal Dinner by Liz Banfield
October 30, 2009

Abby is on her way back from Houston, so I'll be bringing you today's tricks and treats (sorry, I couldn't resist). Up first, a fabulous Halloween themed rehearsal dinner from LBB member and photographer extraordinaire, Liz Banfield. This was an evening to remember complete with a makeshift graveyard, skeleton bride, and "black widow" cocktails. Soiree was the mastermind behind the spooky festivities held at the beyond-perfect-location, The Confederate Home & College in Charleston's historic district.

From the bride, Carter...

Our rehearsal dinner and the "Spooks & Spirits" costume party afterwards was so much fun and really added something different and unexpected from the typical wedding weekend. We knew that we wanted to get married at the French Huguenot Church in downtown Charleston and when Kate from Soiree, one of our wedding planners called she told us that the only Saturday available around the time we wanted to get married was November 1st. At first I thought, oh we can't do that, Halloween is the night before, which is a huge night in Charleston and then I thought, wait how fun would that be to have a rehearsal dinner on Halloween? So we decided as long as everyone was on board we knew we wanted to work with the holiday and come up with something really special and unique.

The Confederate Home used to be a home for confederate wives and orphans and sort of screams spooky but is still so beautiful. The Lettered Olive came up with the greatest invitations that totally set the mood and got people excited about the party, the attire for the dinner was "gothic cocktail", and we asked people to wear only black. We wanted the dinner to still be really beautiful and traditional but also go along with the Halloween theme so we decided to use white and silver pumpkins and lots of candles as well as the black, white and silver accents on the menu cards, place cards, etc. which when put together looked really elegant but still had a total Halloween vibe. It could not have been more fun and I'm so glad we decided to have the wedding then because that party was one of my favorite parts of the whole weekend.

Credits: Location, The Confederate Home & College, Photography by Liz Banfield, Wedding coordination by Soiree, Invitations and paper goods by The Lettered Olive, brides dress by Lela Rose.

I love the painted pumpkins... imagine the possibilities?!?! Holiday or not, all these details are seriously amazing... very stylish and still perfect for the setting. This rehearsal dinner is the perfect example of a classy, but still playful, themed event. Thank you to the wonderfully talented, Liz Banfield for sending this our way. Happy Anniversary Carter & Fred!

Coming up later today, a vintage Halloween affair... yep, vintage Halloween. You are going to love it.