Written by: Katy Meyers Emery
Primary Source: Bone’s Don’t Lie
I am going to be taking the next week off from blogging because I’m getting married on October 4th! I’ll be back with normal posting on October 7th.
No, I am not having a mortuary archaeology themed wedding (Although we have a few surprises that my archaeology friends might pick up on- had to sneak it in there somehow). However, I will share some amazing death-related wedding articles and items so that if you can throw yourself a death and cemetery themed wedding, complete with the archaeological background.
First off, if you’re going to throw a mortuary archaeology themed wedding, you need the know-how to back it up. I’d suggest checking out my articles on Weddings and the Dead, which includes how the deceased can be married to either someone else dead or someone living and other spooky thing, and the always hotly debated article on Excavating Love, which will inspire some beautiful and archaeologically accurate vows. Perhaps add to your promise to have and to hold, that you want your skeletal remains to be entwined together in an eternal embrace like the burials found in Modena from the 5th century CE or Mantua from 5000 years ago. Given the archaeological evidence, there doesn’t seem to be a need actually to part at death- so instead of “til death do us part”, how about “til death allows us to be buried/burned/eaten by vultures/etc together”. Or maybe that’s taking things a little too far… Nah.
Second, make sure your guests know what to expect by sending them fantastic looking invitations and save the dates. Stationary really sets the mood for those invited- it tells them whether the wedding is formal or informal, potentially the colors of the wedding so they won’t match the bridesmaids, and gives them much needed information on where to go and when. Perhaps an epic zombie apocalypse poster titled “Marriage of the Living Dead” from Fancy Beast Designs or some bony skeleton hands with an engagement ring by Beth of All Trades? For invitations, you could take the safe route and go with the Day of the Dead his and hers skulls by Ala Carte Studio. But why not take it further- you’re not in love til death- you’re in love forever, and these invitations by the Paper Paramour state that “Beyond Forever- Til Death Do Us Part Is For Quitters”. And I personally agree with that.
Third, the little details at the wedding are important. Make sure the cake is a show stopper. You can go all out and be very morbid by making the cake look like the severed head of you and your partner like Natalie Sideserf did. If you’re like me, you’ll prefer something a little more subtle, like cake with white chocolate animal skulls ringing the edges. And what about the rings? Check out the memento mori rings over at Art of Mourning. Not only are these a wonderful way to celebrate love and commit yourself to one another, they can be a constant reminder to enjoy life because death is always just around the corner. You could use mortuary makeup jars to hold flowers. But let’s be honest here, the only good option for your wedding centerpiece are the mini cemetery terrariums by Faerie Nest. They are awesome!
Finally, don’t forget the swag after the wedding. When you’re heading off on your honeymoon to Transylvania or wheverever, make sure you wear a shirt that proclaims your love. Honestly, I am totally hoping I get this for my wedding: the Til Death Do Us Part Skulls T-shirt by Friendly Oak. They also sell non-morbid tees if your partner prefers something not so death related.
To end, check out this amazing infographic on people who loved until after death– it can be a source of inspiration or maybe a warning… take it whichever way you like. Need more inspiration? Offbeat Bride has fantastic tagged blog posts on skulls and morbid weddings.