“A Nightmare Before Christmas” Wedding Cakes

For those of us who feel in love with the cult classic film “A Nightmare Before Christmas”, it can be very tempting to model your wedding cake after such a timeless story. Though it is a little unorthodox in its delivery, the story tells the tale of true love hiding in the most obvious of places. However, since the way the movie was filmed was so dark, twisted, and gothic, reconciling that love story into something that works as a wedding cake can seem like a bit of a challenge. So, without further ado, I give you my favorite “A Nightmare Before Christmas” wedding cakes that will hopefully serve as inspiration for the creation that will be at your wedding.

1 – A Simple Design

“A Nightmare Before Christmas” Wedding Cake 1

I really like this wedding cake because the design is very traditional and simple. Aside from the dark color scheme and the cake topper featuring Jack Skellington and Sally, the layout of the cake is pretty much exactly what you’d expect at a wedding. I especially like the gnarly looking hill from the movie being included because it happens to be my favorite part.

2 – All the Favorite Characters

“A Nightmare Before Christmas” Wedding Cake 2

This wedding cake design is also fairly simple, but I really like how it takes things a step further and includes most of the characters from “A Nightmare Before Christmas”. It is a tad bit morbid for some people, I’m sure, with all the dead bodies hanging from the tree on the cake topper; but after all is “Halloween town”. I also like how Oogie Boogie was invited on the cake, and the 2 faced mayor is represented on the bottom rung.

3 – Abstract Construction

“A Nightmare Before Christmas” Wedding Cake 3

Last, but definitely not least, is my personal favorite “A Nightmare Before Christmas” wedding cake. I particularly like the way that this cake designer stacked different sized and shaped layers up to the top just as you would expect to see in “Halloween Town”. Also, I like how Jack and Sally’s faces are done in silhouettes on the side of the cake rather than as plastic wedding cake toppers, the Gnarly looking hill is represented on the bottom layer with Zero coming towards Jack. All and all, this “A Nightmare Before Christmas” wedding cake by far hits on all eight cylinders in my book.

Tips for Picking Your Reception Hall

Reception HallThough the ceremony is probably the most important thing for you as a couple, the location that guests will remember the most is the reception hall. After you’ve said your vows, exchanged rings, and sealed the deal with a romantic kiss, the rest of the event will be spent eating, dancing, and mingling with your guests. Depending on the size of your wedding, there are many things you need to consider when choosing your wedding reception venue. To help get you headed in the right direction, here are some tips for picking your reception hall that will hopefully make the task a little easier.

Same or Separate Venues?

One of the first things that you’ll need to decide when choosing your reception hall is whether you want it at the same location that you host your ceremony or at a separate facility. There are advantages to both, but ultimately the choice is up to you. The benefit of having the ceremony and reception at the same location is that there isn’t anywhere to travel. This can be great if you have elderly guests in attendance or want to save money on transportation to the reception hall from the ceremony site. The downside is that you’ll need to find a location that is romantic enough for a ceremony and has all the amenities needed for a reception which can be a little tricky to do.

Distance from Ceremony

If you choose to have your wedding reception at a separate location from the ceremony, you need to keep the distance away in mind. Not only will you need to get the wedding party to the reception hall, but you’ll also need to make sure it is easy enough for your guests to find that nobody gets lost along the way. Typically, you want to try to keep the reception hall within a few blocks of the ceremony site so it is very easy to find and some people could even walk if they wanted to. You can choose a location that is farther away, but make sure you have clear direction to hand out to the guests to make it as simple as possible to find.

Size of the Room

Lastly, you’ll want to consider the number of guests on your guest list when you go out shopping for a reception hall. Not only do you need to fit everyone into the room at tables to eat, but you’ll also need to consider the capacity of the dance floor. You want the room to seem fairly crowded so that everyone feels like the party is full, but you don’t want it to be uncomfortable at the same time. Just make sure there is plenty of room for everyone on your guest list before choosing your wedding hall and that can give you some important direction as to which venue to choose.

Avoiding Hidden Fees at Your Reception

Hidden FeesEverything about a wedding reception is expensive. From hiring a caterer to renting the venue, you can expect to shell out a pretty penny before the event is over. Like most purchases in life, and especially for your wedding, there are always going to be ways they try to trick you into adding additional costs to your wedding reception. Some of these hidden fees will be quite obvious and require only some simple adjustments to eliminate, while others will be a little trickier to spot. Nevertheless, avoiding hidden fees at your wedding reception is as easy as paying attention to every detail and we will cover some of the easiest ways to do just that.


One of the biggest expenses you will incur while hosting a wedding reception is the cost of alcohol. If you are planning to have an open bar, you can kiss goodbye to several hundred, if not several thousand, dollars. As alternative, if you’re trying to keep things a bit more affordable, you do have a couple of options that will allow your guests to enjoy alcohol but not have it affect your bottom line. The first method is to have everyone bring their own alcohol. This is by far the cheapest option, and it ensures everyone gets to drink what they like. The second is to have a cash bar where the guests pay for all their drinks themselves. Regardless of which you choose, they will be a lot cheaper than paying for all of your guests to drink out of pocket.

Extra Plates

While it is customary to feed your guests at the reception, etiquette tells us that your vendors such as the photographer will also need to be fed. By eliminating as many vendors as possible, you can eliminate the cost of extra plates as well as the cost of the vendor’s service.

Cake Cutting Fees

After you do the initial cake cutting as a couple, you likely don’t want to stand there cutting the whole cake up yourself. Many venues offer a cake cutting service as an option, but this is a hidden fee you don’t need. You can either recruit someone to cut the cake for you or have each guest cut their own piece to save a whole lot of money.

Free Parking

Though most people overlook the parking situation all together, you may regret that decision if you have your wedding reception in the city. Many places downtown won’t have any areas for free parking, so that can really add up fast if you’re not careful. Either you will be asked to repay all the parking fees by your guests, or they will have to go through the inconvenience of paying out of pocket for their own parking. Either way, the need to pay for parking can be a very bad experience for everyone and bleed into the mood of your celebration.