Popular Salem Venue Offers 'Dark Weddings'

SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — 2022 is expected to be a record breaking year for weddings, with so many ceremonies delayed because of COVID, and at Salem's historic House of the Seven Gables, some of those weddings will look a bit witchy.

"People come to Salem because they want to have the Salem experience," says Deborah Costa, Special Events Coordinator at the museum. So, the House of the Seven Gables is offering what they call 'dark weddings.'

"We have a variety of folks who will want more of a goth-type wedding which is considered a dark wedding," Costa says. "We have a lot of Wiccan ceremonies."

Costa says the venue already has a dozen dark weddings booked this year. Instead of white, dark brides might wear black, red or lavender dresses, and the ceremonies usually involve Wiccan or Celtic tradition. Other couples have some fun with it.

"People have dressed as the Adams Family, Freddie Krueger, Uncle Fester had a light bulb that lit up in his mouth, and he delivered the rings to the groom."

Costa says it's all about what the couple wants. The House of the Seven Gables has dozens of weddings booked into next year, with plenty of traditional ceremonies planned as well.

Dark weddings have been growing in popularity. According to Google Trends, searches for "black wedding dress" have kept pace with searches for "white wedding dress" in the last 12 months.

WBZ NewsRadio's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports

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