What are the Corpse Bride Vows? (And How to Incorporate the Corpse Theme into your Wedding)

vintage picture of bride

If you’ve ever read Tim Burton’s books or watched the movies, there’s a high chance you found them mesmerizing. Many people who read Tim Burton for the first time became big fans, mainly because of his unique approach to the stories.

But what happens when you combine Tim Burton with one of the most beautiful days of your life? You get a haunting, romantic story that you’re not likely to forget – the Corpse Bride. The tale is so loved that many couples decide to incorporate this theme into their wedding.

One of the highlights of the movie is the vows. Short, yet filled with emotion, these beautifully written words stay imprinted in the mind of every romantic long after they read the story.

If you’re looking for a unique, non-traditional wedding theme, Corpse Bride can be a perfect choice. To give you some inspiration, this guide will show you how to turn this story into a part of yours.

Corpse Bride Story

In the original Corpse Bride narrative, some men were wandering through the woods when they discovered what they thought was a root protruding out of the earth. This story is partially based on the Jewish folktale known as “The Finger.”

As they got closer and realized it was a finger, one of them made a joke about who would put a ring on it. The oldest kid, who was getting married soon, made a joke about how he would. When he did, the finger started to twitch, and the lifeless body of the woman emerged, claiming her husband.

The story’s original version was intriguingly much darker, with the undead bride having no name and no tragic past. Her accidental marriage is ultimately declared void, causing her to crumble into nothing but bones. However, there are also happier endings, in which the groom’s living wife assures the undead bride that she and the life she never had will be respected by the living.

The Finger doesn’t explain why a would-be bride’s body is discovered in the middle of the woods, but the scene implies that she was a victim of a pogrom, which regrettably happened frequently in the Russian Empire during the turn of the century.

The Vows

Victor and Emily the corpse bride

In case you haven’t read the book, or can’t remember the vows from the Corpse Bride exactly, here’s what they look like:

“With this hand, I will lift your sorrows. Your cup will never be empty, for I will be your wine. With this candle, I will light your way into darkness. With this ring, I ask you to be mine.”

These words are a perfect way to start the rest of your life with your significant other. The simplest thing to do would be to directly quote them, but it’s also a good idea to put your personal touch to the vows. You can change them up a bit, add something that comes from the heart, and create your perfect vows.

It would also be a good idea to write your own vows, and then add these when you’re exchanging the rings. This way, you get to express your feelings in a creative way and incorporate one of the most beautiful moments of the story into your ceremony.

Whichever way you decide to do it, you can’t go wrong with these vows if you’re a fan of the story. Of course, this is only one piece of your wedding puzzle, so here are some ideas for the most important aspects that you need to cover.

The Outfits

bride in dirty dress walking through woods

If you want to execute a Corpse Bride-themed wedding, you first need to make sure that you and your partner match the theme. There are many different outfits that you can try out, as long as you follow the right color scheme.

Obviously, black and white are a must. This is where the groom will have it easier, since a simple tuxedo with a couple of details will do the trick. As for the bride, there are many more options to choose from. If you fell in love with the original dress from the novel, you can always have it made as it is.

Of course, you can always go down a more creative path and adapt the design to fit the style you want. You can go with white dress with black details, so you still have a dress that has a traditional touch to it. Or, if you’re into a more gothic version, you can do the opposite.

The best colors for details would probably be dark purple or dark red. Any of these will match the theme, as well as your style.

The Décor

black and white wedding cake

This is where you can definitely unleash your creativity. There’s no doubt that, if you do it right, you can create a unique style that can’t be found in many weddings. The goal is to create a blend of romantic and haunting, without too much of either.

You can use Tim Burton’s famous patterns for the chairs or tablecloth, with the color scheme matching the one of your outfit. Of course, you can experiment with other colors as well, as long as they fit the theme.

You can go a bit darker with this, just make sure not to overdo it, or risk making your wedding look like a Halloween party. Keep it classy and simple, with just a couple of details for that gothic feel.

The Guests

three girls wearing corpse bride themed dress

Make sure that the guests understand the theme so that they can prepare for it well. It would be best if they could dress to match the theme, so you can get a full Corpse Bride experience going.

Send out invitations that will reflect the theme of the wedding. You can either design the invite yourself or look up a bunch of printable invitations online. There are many ideas that you can use for the invitations, so explore as many as you can before you make the final decision.

The Music

red rose at piano

Finding the right music is essential to creating the right atmosphere. If you’re into the Corpse Bride, there’s a high chance that you can easily find the music that will make your wedding perfect. For the ceremony, you’re probably looking to avoid traditional wedding music, since it doesn’t really fit the theme.

This is where Danny Elfman, the creator of the Corpse Bride soundtrack, is pretty much unavoidable. Obviously, his ‘Victor’s Piano Solo’ and similar tracks would create the exact feel of your choice ceremony. You can also find other artists that create music similar to the one from the Corpse Bride.

Of course, you will not want slow violin and piano compositions to fill the entire wedding. To get the party started, rock music is probably your safest bet. This will depend on your personal preferences, as long as the music matches the theme.

The Final Word

As you can see, there are many ways to execute the Corpse Bride theme wedding. So if you’re into that dark romantic style, this theme can be perfect for you. Make sure to incorporate the details of the story into your wedding, while making it yours at the same time.

If you manage to pull this off, you’ll have yourself an unforgettable wedding, and give your guests a unique experience against which they will compare all future weddings.

Rebecca B. Lawrence

About Rebecca B. Lawrence

Rebbeca has been writing about weddings, jewelry, and fashion for years. Her favorite place to hang out, aside from this website, is Pinterest. She loves Art Deco Jewelry, beach-themed weddings, and anything related to the British Royal Family.