Although we are now on the countdown to Christmas, this week’s Wedding Wednesday is going to take a look back on Halloween. Halloween is my favourite time of year; I absolutely love it. This year for Halloween we dressed up as Corpse Bride and Victor and had our engagement party. This evening I’m going to tell you how I created the look and costume.
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (Emily) is quite blue. She has blue skin and blue hues to her dress and accessories. I had originally planned on being blue but I had some skin allergies that week and instead opted to be very pale with blue accents. On my eyes I used a lot of blue and navy. I added white on my waterline and under the lashes to create a larger eye and lined the area with blue. I placed lashes on this new line as well as my top lash. All of the shadows were from Blank Canvas Cosmetics. My eyebrows were exaggerated and made me look sad. I used dark blue for my contour. My lips were Smokin’ Hot Pink from Wet n Wild. I added blues in random spots over my neck and chest.
I bought my wig on eBay for €6. It was a cosplay one so it was quite comfortable and not at all itchy. I bought the wedding dress on AliExpress for just under €40. I was a bit disappointed when it arrived because the size was terrible on me. I was convinced it would be too small but in fact it was the opposite. It was massive on me and looked horrible. Nothing about it suited me. I put the disappointment aside and tried to work on it. My mam very kindly took in the top for me so it fit a little better. I then started chopping. I cut a large split up the centre of the dress and then created jagged edges along the bottom. I also cut some of the material at the rib. I stitched ribs from a toddler’s skeleton costume in this area.
The dress was a bit see through and needed some more layers. I used a large piece of net curtain which I soaked in a sink of tea to dis-colour. I sewed two popper buttons on the net so that it would fasten on me. I stitched on some Halloween spiders and leaves to make it look as if I had emerged from the ground.
The next step was to take a can of blue spray pain to the dress and net curtain. I concentrated on the bottom of the dress.
The veil was a piece of shimmery white voile. I used the exact same techniques with the veil and cut it, sprayed it and added spiders and leaves. I had a white floral elastic hairband which got the spray paint treatment. I stitched the veil on the hairband. For my flowers I had some plastic white daisies that again were spray painted. I had a piece of blue lace that I wrapped around the stems.
The final piece of the puzzle was my shoes. These weren’t really Corpse Bride orientated but more Halloween shoes. Originally they were white with a wooden heel. I printed Halloween images on photo paper and placed them on the shoes with pva glue. When they were dry I added purple glitter again with pva glue. Each shoe was then completely covered in Mod Podge glue as it is a sealant.
I had so much fun making this costume and indeed wearing it.