What to wear?!? As October begins the inevitable concern over this seemingly simple question begins to set in. For me, it’s more a case of too many ideas than none.
So after much contemplation, I had pretty much decided to go with either a fem version of Sherlock Holmes or Marie Antoinette.
But then my fiancé decided he felt in the Halloween spirit. So a couples costume was in order! I decided on something I thought would not only be fairly easy, pretty inexpensive, and would also be appropriate for us since we are soon to be married.
The Corpse Bride couple!
So here is a breakdown of what I need.
- Black Jacket
- Silver Cravat
- White and black face makeup
I found a black tux jacket at a Goodwill for $6. Score! It fits him pretty well, but needs to be taken in on the sides to give the more skinny effect of the character.
- Wedding Dress
- Long Blue Wig
- Blue Liquid Latex body paint
- Veil with dried flowers
First, I immediately began scouring local thrift stores in the hopes of finding a wedding dress that would work for under $50. After a internet search, I discovered a place called Value Village. Major Score!! I’m not sure if they have these nationwide, but this place turned out to have several vintage wedding dresses, all for less than $50 and in surprisingly excellent condition. If you are ever in the market for a wedding dress to buy on the cheap, or an older dress for a costume, make sure to check this place out.
Anyway, here is the dress I purchased, which came with the original veil with flower crown! How perfect! I’m super excited to start the deconstruction process. Pictures on that to follow soon.
Here is what I hope it will look like when complete.
I also researched body paints and I decided to use liquid latex to make my skin the blue grey color of the character. Water based paints (like they use at carnivals for face painting) tends to rub off more easily, especially if they get wet from sweat. Oil based paints are available but require more skin prep work before applying, are toxic, and can be more difficult to remove. But liquid latex is non-toxic, doesn’t smudge, and should just peel right off. Before using, make sure you read all the info and make sure you are NOT allergic to latex.
So that’s it for now, very excited about this costume and looking forward to sharing the progress and results!
Here is a pic from my version of The Corpse Bride!