The Four Essentials of a Goth Wedding

Bride and groomThe Goth subculture began in England during the early 1980s as an offshoot of the Gothic rock and post-punk music genres. Its signature dark, mysterious and dramatic aesthetics takes inspiration from 12th Century Gothic art and architecture, as well as 19th Century Gothic literature and horror films.

Today, Goth weddings are becoming a more popular choice for brides and grooms-to-be. If you are thinking of planning your own macabre ceremony, here are the essentials to make sure your Goth wedding is a howling success:

Wedding Attire

The Bride

For the bride, putting together an outfit is fun. There are several vintage shops and Goth boutiques all over the UK that sell period dresses at affordable prices. Goth brides usually go for leather corsets, black lace sleeves, elaborate chokers and satin gloves. Stilettos adorned with spikes or black heeled boots are the perfect footwear for your Goth wedding attire. Ask the make-up artist to draw attention to your eyes and lips with autumn hues or dark purples and black. Top off your entire outfit with a gorgeous black fascinator that partly covers your face or a long black veil to add to the effect.

The Groom

A three-piece black suit is usually the wedding attire for the groom during Goth weddings. The devil is in the detail – use a cane, silver accessories or long key chains to add life to the groom’s outfit. Have the hairdresser give the groom a neat, slicked back hairstyle for a polished look.

The Guests

Have your guests wear cocktail dresses and formal suits in black to complement the theme of the wedding. For the ladies, let them wear accessories with an accent colour, usually red or violet. For the gentlemen, tinted ties are a creative way to inject colour into their attire.


A Goth-inspired cake should be one of the most memorable elements of a Goth wedding. Speak to a good cake designer about your ideas. Large, elaborate cakes with dead rose fondants and skull-shaped icing looks stunning in wedding photos.

Mode of Transport

Traditional white vehicles with ribbons don’t fit the aesthetic of Goth weddings. If you want a suitable vehicle for your ceremony, hire an all-black carriage pulled by (black) horses. To complete the image, have the coachman wear a top hat and a leatherette coat reminiscent of The Scarlet Empress. Alternatively, have the bride and groom ride off on a big black motorbike.


For a Gothic wedding, the venue has to be genuine. Haunting and historical buildings provide the ideal backdrop. Bodmin Jail, also called Bodmin Gaol, is a 240-year-old historic prison on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. What was once an abandoned 18th Century prison in the heart of Cornwall has become one of South West England’s most bone-chilling, spine-tingling attractions.

With our Gothic high vaulted ceiling and period decor, Bodmin Jail truly is a unique wedding venue for your special day. If you would like to discuss your wedding plans with a member of our team, feel free to get in touch with Laura, our Wedding & Events coordinator. Call us on 01208 76292 today.

Posted: 16th July 2018 By: Tara Jones

Paranormal Conference Guest Speaker

We are excited to confirm Brian Sterling-Vete as guest speaker for our Paranormal Conference, to be held at the Jail in November.

Brian was born in Manchester, England, and is a former Stuntman, BBC TV news veteran, TV Broadcaster, Guinness World Record Holder, Author, and Internationally recognised Martial Arts Instructor. He has also worked on the first season of Star Trek – TNG, and co-stars in the new horror movie “Geist” due for release later this year.

Brian has had a life-long interest in all aspects of the paranormal, while at the same time, mostly thanks to his BBC TV News background, he remains as neutral, balanced, scientific and objective as possible.

He has participated in over 1000 investigations throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom, and is a regular guest speaker on the Dark Matter Digital Radio show “More Questions Than Answers” with Adrian Lee.


Brian has recently published his latest book –  ‘Paranormal Investigation’ The Black Book of Scientific Ghost Hunting and How to Investigate Paranormal Phenomena, and will be book signing on the night.

On July 1st, 2017, Brian was one of the 6-person team in the now famous Redwood Falls UFO incident which Minnesota MUFON has said is “One of the most significant UFO encounters of recent years.”

Posted: 3rd July 2018 By: Tara Jones

Fathers Day Treats

It’s Fathers Day on Sunday 17th June!

Notoriously the most difficult member of the family to buy gifts for – why not treat Dad to delicious meal in our Governors Hall restaurant; we’ll be offering a great deal for two from our Steak & Shank menu, which includes a bottle of house wine!


Posted: 30th May 2018 By: Tara Jones

Jail Guides

Congratulations Jess!

Jess is one of our Jail Guides, and has been voted Staff Member of the Month by our lovely visitors.

Always bright and chirpy, with a talent for telling the best stories ‘Miranda Stylie’ Jess is a very knowledgeable member of the Jail team who will enhance your visit with fun and educating tales.

You can find our Jail Guides haunting the different levels of the Jail between 11am – 3pm, Monday – Friday; answering your queries about the Jail’s history, and regaling entertaining stories of previous inmates and their wrong-doings…

Posted: 25th May 2018 By: Tara Jones

Hole in One

Charity Golf Day

‘The Inmates’ had a great day out supporting Bodmin Rotary’s Charity Golf Day; raising funds in aid of research into Motor Neurone Disease.

MND is currently incurable, and is characterised by weakness & wasting of the limbs – it’s a cruel illness, exasperated by the fact that although the limbs, speech or torso may not respond from signals from the brain to operate, the brain remains fully functional. The average life expectancy for the commonest form of MND is 2-5 years from onset of symptoms.

Finishing the day placed 4th out of 40, ‘The Inmates’ have helped give a boost to the MNDAssoc. Cornwall Branch, and to those persons in the County that have to live with the disease.

Well done to all involved!

Posted: 16th May 2018 By: Tara Jones

Scrapbook Adventures

Scrapbook Adventures logo

“I don’t believe in ghosts. That’s something I’ve always told myself and others – partly because I’ve never experienced anything from the paranormal, and partly because the thought of anything ghostly scares me! So when Bodmin Jail, in Cornwall, invited us down for an overnight stay at Britain’s most haunted venue I wasn’t so sure! Staying overnight and exploring a jail I hadn’t visited before, with a group of people I didn’t know, – not quite for me on my first paranormal experience I don’t think.”

Read more about how Rachel copes with her while spending the night in the Jail; one of the UK’s most haunted venues…

Image of Bodmin Jail at Night



Posted: 25th April 2018 By: Tara Jones

What a Birthday Treat!

We recently received a great review of our After Dark Experience…

“I am writing to say thank you for a wonderful evening, from start to finish; We arrived for a friends 50th birthday treat. We were greeted at the restaurant door by a fab team, both ladies were most helpful, polite and very welcoming. We were seated, and it was explained there were 3 other ladies to join us on our evenings ‘after dark experience’. The atmosphere was lovely in the restaurant. The meal was served and fantastic, I think everyone on the table were surprised how good the food was for the price. I was unsure what wine to have, but the ladies were very kind to advise me on what to have. Very good choice of red wine.

We then were prepared to go for the ‘after dark experience’ – By that I mean coats on and wrap up!!

The evening had begun so well it was going to be a hard act to follow. Once on the tour with Kirsten and Mark, we were made to feel at ease and just have fun. The depth of knowledge Kirsten has on history coupled with the passion for her job, is contagious. It just made for a wonderful evening. Mark also has a depth of knowledge about his area of expertise.

This was an experience my friend had been wanting to do for a few years, and it totally lived up to her dreams.
I thank you and your team for delivering the complete experience.

I must also say I have a recently visually impaired husband, who is very passionate about history, and because your signage information is so large he will love going there. I will be using my 20% off voucher to take him for a special meal, and a tour of the museum beforehand.

Thank you once again for a totally amazing evening and night.”

Pen Davies-Gregory – After Dark participant

Posted: 3rd April 2018 By: Tara Jones

It’s Raining on my Head

Bodmin Jail – Built in 1779, Rebuilt in 2018

With the unusually high levels of rain and snow we have been experiencing this winter, water is cascading through nearly 5 storeys of this grand old building, and parts of its’ structure are deteriorating rapidly.

The new building works and renovations will stop all this erosion and preserve the structure long past our own lifetimes.













Posted: 27th March 2018 By: Tara Jones

Sleeping Giant

It’s amazing to think that in the space of a month or two we have gone from a sleeping giant to a hive on activity across the Bodmin Jail site.

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Watch out for more updates as the snow melts and temperatures rise!

Posted: 20th March 2018 By: Tara Jones