From Cris: Today's guest post is from Marie Mosley who runs Favor Craver, a wedding favor inspiration blog. You can follow her on Twitter and Pinterest, too. She and her husband had their first date on a dark and stormy Halloween night!
If you're not planning a Halloween-themed wedding, it might never occur to you to visit Halloween stores for wedding supplies. That's understandable, it's not the first place you'd think of if you're not Morticia Addams. So, for all you non-Morticia's out there, here are four ways a detour into Halloweenland can add some fun to your wedding — and maybe subtract a few dollars from your budget, too — no matter what time of year your wedding will take place.
Photobooth Props: The week after Halloween is the best time to buy props for your wedding photobooth. Stores have piles of wigs, hats, and funny glasses at clearance prices. You'll pay so much less than you would if you're shopping for crazy dress-up stuff out of season. As I know from bitter experience, you'll just never find a pimp cape at 75% off in April.
Fun for your Youngest Guests: If there's one universal truth about kids at weddings, it's this: if you don't give them something to do, you will regret it for the rest of your life. But luckily, Halloween clearance sales have loads of supplies to keep you in your youngest guests' good graces. Kids love costumes components at any time of year and a costume stash can keep them busy and photo-friendly all night long. Just be careful not to get anything too drapey or eye-covery so you don't have a tiny ghost stagger blindly into your wedding cake. Also don't forget, there are non-candy Halloween treats like mini Play-Doh containers and goofy wind-up toys that go over well as kids favors in any season.
Candy for Wedding Favors: Right after Halloween, stores will slash candy prices and you can stock up for favors. Chocolate bars can be re-wrapped in personalized candy bar wrappers to hide their Halloween-y past and hard candies like lollipops or Jolly Ranchers can be crushed up to make the centers of stained glass cookie favors for winter or spring weddings. For freshness, it's best not to keep chocolate for more than a month or two after Halloween, but hard candies will last a bit longer.
A Sexy Honeymoon Surprise: Take a peek at some of the Halloween store's more suggestive offerings and see if there's anything you'd like to add to your honeymoon bag along with the sexy lingerie from your shower. Perhaps that hot nurse getup would quicken your spouse's pulse? That kind of Halloween treat has no expiration date.
So Tulle Nation, do tell, are you bringing a bit of the spoooookyiest time of year to your wedding?