Bernie Wahl: Haunted Shack wedding now just a happy memoryI finally caught my breath long enough to fill everyone in on my Oct. 30 wedding at the Haunted Shack. Well ... it was amazing!
By: Bernie Wahl, Budgeteer News
I finally caught my breath long enough to fill everyone in on my Oct. 30 wedding at the Haunted Shack. It was amazing!
Granted, it was not all hearts, roses and harps — but it was perfect for us.
The decorations were everything from brides’ heads to zombies. The food was excellent. The music was fun. The company was exceptional. What more could a couple ask for?
All the pre-ceremony festivities were typical: racing to get everyone dressed and made up; trying to stay relaxed; and getting pictures taken before the crowd arrived.
A professional photographer took pictures of us and the wedding party.
She was so easy to work with and made everyone feel comfortable. She took most of the standard pictures and some unique ones as well.
Next, it was time for us all to try to “relax” before the big event. I think I paced a hole in the floor — though I’m pretty sure Roy was nervous as well.
While we were waiting, actors from the Haunted Shack “greeted” our guests as they arrived. I think my personal attendant, Michele, must have lost 10 pounds running around making sure that everyone was where he or she was supposed to be. Bless her heart.
Only six out of 110 people in attendance did not dress up in costume. They know who they are.
Our officiant, Cindi, came dressed up as a king. How cool is that? We went through the service and Roy “got some allergies.” (That is a polite way to say he got a tear in his eye.)
Seeing him tear up caused me to sob as if someone had killed my cat. I cried so hard that I cried my fake eyelashes off! There is nothing sexier than a bride looking like she has a spider on her cheek.
The ceremony went well. Women cried. Men “got allergies” and children watched in awe. It was a beautiful thing. After being introduced as husband and wife, we were led down the aisle by zombies to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Finally, it was time for the reception. The hall looked like a Gothic fairy wonderland. Black tulle and icicle lights hung from the ceiling. The tables were covered with black linen tablecloths and candles.
Decorations of spiders and witches were displayed throughout the hall. It was a Halloween theme and, yet, elegant at the same time.
It was all we had hoped for and more.
The highlight of the reception was our cake. I think people took more pictures of the cake than anything else that night.
It was a professionally made three-layer masterpiece that had tombstones, a dead deer, a witch’s broom sticking out of the side and so much more. The best thing was that it even tasted delicious!
Having our family and friends celebrate our wedding was the very best part of the day. It was magical to be surrounded by people who support and love us.
The thought people put into their costumes was amazing. We had Vikings fans, Ken and Barbie, witches and more. One of my favorite costumes was a St. Bernadette costume, worn by my friend Cheryl. I thought that was so clever and creative.
Young and old alike had fun.
My friends Jen and Michele were busy the whole wedding. Jen was running around visiting with everyone on our behalf. As she pointed out, she has known most of those people for years.
She was good about talking to the DJ and making announcements. Michele made sure that everything ran smoothly. That was a job in and of itself!
She also took pictures of our guests in front of a backdrop so we had a record of the people’s costumes. My friend Tammi’s husband, Steve, videotaped our wedding. Our family decorated the hall for us.
We had a honeymoon in Grand Marais, and it was wonderful. … And that is all that I am going to say about that.
Duluth “expat” Bernie (Nordman) Wahl resides in Montana. She can be reached via email@example.com.