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Frankenstein to Take Bride in Halloween Wedding

October 26, 1990

NEWBURGH, Ind. (AP) _ Marriage can be a scary thing under normal circumstances, but an offbeat Indiana couple want to make their Halloween wedding as terrifying as possible.

The groom will dress up like Frankenstein’s monster. The bride of Frankenstein will wear white, with lightning bolts in her hair. The judge conducting the ceremony will be dressed as an undertaker.

″My friends think I’m crazy, but we’re going to have a lot of people talking,″ said bride-to-be Stephanie Plemmons, 23.

She and her bridesmaids will carry orange and black flowers. Groomsmen and ushers will wear spooky suits. The bride’s 2-year-old son will come as a green dinosaur and the flower girl will adorn the wedding aisle with dead leaves.

Black candles, jack-o’-lanterns carved with scary faces and music by the band Road Kill will greet guests at a Monster Mash reception after the ceremony Saturday. The wedding cake will be trimmed in black and orange and decorated with a miniature Frankenstein’s monster and his bride.

The bride-to-be said her fiance, Glen Hettenbach, 42, wasn’t thrilled by the ghoulish nuptials at first.

″It was my idea, but he had to think about it for a while,″ she said.

The couple researched Mary Shelley’s book ″Frankenstein″ and the original 1935 movie starring Boris Karloff to ensure their wedding garb would be authentic.

Jittery grooms have been known to get a little green around the gills as the time to tie the knot nears, but Hettenbach is going all out - with green skin and bolts in his neck to keep his head on straight.

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