The Four Essentials of a Goth Wedding

Gothic wedding themeThe 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.