Become a Top Wedding Planner – The “Day of the Dead” Wedding Theme on “My Fair Wedding”


Celebrity wedding planner David Tutera had a non-traditional bride with a non-traditional wedding theme, the “Day of the Dead.” (The “Day of the Dead” is a Latin American holiday that focuses on honoring family and friends who have passed on.) The bride’s idea for her wedding was a celebration of the death of the single life and the rebirth of married life. For her theme, she had gathered many skulls and skeletons, the symbols of the “Day of the Dead” holiday, including neckties with skulls for the groomsmen to wear and skeleton bride and groom cake toppers.

David didn’t want the wedding to be a celebration of death but he kept and the bride’s skulls and vintage look and turned it into something elegant, yet still dark. His ideas would work for “Day of the Dead” wedding themes, which other couples have also done, and goth or even Halloween themed weddings.

Wedding Gown

The bride originally chose a dress that looked very much like the one the skeleton on her cake topper was wearing. It was vintage and covered her all the way up to her neck. David chose the Emma dress from the Classic Collection of Birnbaum and Bullock that the bride tried on at The Ivory Suite. He chose the dress because the A-line style lengthened her body, showed some skin at the neck and the arms which made her appear slimmer and the off-the-shoulder straps emphasized her shoulders and minimized her bust. (David had her tattoos covered for the wedding.) The bride is wearing the wedding dress in the photo at the top of this blog post and below, is a full-length photo of the dress from the Birnbaum and Bullock website.

Bridesmaids’ Dresses

The bride had told each of her five bridesmaids that they could wear any black dress they chose. As often happens when the bride does this, the dresses did not look good together. The bride herself said they looked as if they were going to be in different weddings. So David chose a dress that would be flattering on all body types, had a vintage look and were in black and red, the color scheme he chose for the wedding.

The dresses were from Unique Vintage and are actually listed as prom dresses on their website. The bridesmaids did not wear red petticoats under the dresses, as pictured in this photo from the store’s website. Suggest your brides visit other places beside traditional bridal shops for dresses for their attendants, especially if they are not having traditional white weddings.


The bride had planned for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception to be at her parents’ home. David knew immediate when he saw the space that is was much too small for a wedding of 100 guests.  People often aren’t aware of the amount of space an event like a wedding will take and need help your help, as a wedding planner, to select and planning the proper space.

David moved the event to Union Station, a train station in downtown Los Angeles that was built in 1939 and can now be rented for weddings and special events.

The ceremony was in the outdoor rose garden, guests were seated in black chiavari chairs with red cushions and sat on either side of a white aisle runner that was bordered with deep red rose petals.

The reception was “sexy, creepy, mysterious and magical.” Red tablecloths with black lace overlays covered the tables that held centerpieces of 10 foot tall dead trees draped with black and red roses. The menu cards, programs and escort cards all had skulls.

Even the cake, made by The Butter End Cakery, followed the black and red color scheme with edible black lace and red roses and one tier was a skull. 

The photos above and below are from The Butter End Cakery Facebook page.

As you can see, it is possible to take the theme and vision a bride has for her day, no matter how off-beat, make it magical and still have it express her personality and taste.

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