Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween weddings

Nothing eases your relationship fears like tying the knot in a place that generates images of chainsaws and severed heads.

Welcome to the world of Halloween weddings.

I once dated a guy obsessed with the idea. At the time, I thought it was an underground phenomenon. Now, it seems somewhat mainstream.

Need proof? Popular wedding Web site The Knot has a full page dedicated to Halloween weddings. Experts suggest ideas like bridesmaids with broomsticks and Dracula officiants.

And here's a story about a couple who planned to have a Halloween-themed wedding in the Old Dutch Church of "Sleepy Hollow" fame -- until church officials shut down their idea.

I'm convinced people either love or hate Halloween. There's not a lot of middle ground.

If you're a hardcore Halloween enthusiast, by all means feel free to say your vows while wearing mummy gauze.

But my biggest issue with Halloween weddings is that -- like all themed ceremonies -- they risk looking campy, turning a serious commitment into a theme park attraction.

Then again, this is coming from the girl who wants to serve Krystal burgers at her wedding reception.