“A red wedding dress? On my big day?!”
I hear ya.
After years imagining your wedding day down to the last detail, it’s strange to picture yourself in anything other than white. But, I have a sneaking suspicion that as you read on and discover the dresses to come, you may develop a new picture.
Everyone is seated, the music begins to play, the crowd and your future spouse turn for your entrance. And in you glide in the most eternatlly romantic red wedding gown imaginable!
Meaning of A Red Wedding Dress
There’s an endless list of reasons you may decide to stand out in a red dress on your wedding day. Maybe it’s symbolic, a cultural influence, or it could simply be a personal preference. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular meanings behind red wedding dresses:
- Cultural Influence – In some cultures, choosing to wear red is tied to tradition and the belief in what the colour symbolises. For example, Hindu and Sikh brides may choose or be asked to wear red for their wedding, as it represents fertility and prosperity within the marriage. Traditionally in China, brides are dressed in red, which symbolises good fortune, luck, and happiness.
- Symbolising something special – Seeing red brings an immediate association with love, passion, and romance. There’s no better time to embrace these emotions than when marrying the one you love.
- A chance to stand out – For many brides, a white gown just won’t cut it. If you’re the type of person who loves something a little different and unique, red is an ideal choice.
- Red is your favourite color – Sometimes it’s as simple as totally adoring a certain color to wear on your wedding day. If that color is red, go for it and don’t look back!
A Red Wedding Dress, For Me?
The short answer to the question of whether you should wear a red dress or not — absolutely yes!
What you choose to wear on your wedding day is 100% your decision. There’s truly no reason to throw red out of your long list of glamorous options!
It’s true, red is not the tamest of colours. The thought of dressing in from head to toe in red can be daunting, especially on your wedding day!
Fear not. It’s all about finding the right shade and the right cut for your complexion, hair colour, and figure. Once that’s decided, a red dress can tick all the boxes. It’s dramatic, memorable and, though it may be something a few more brides are considering these days, it’s pretty unique!
In terms of hair colour, there are a few general rules of thumb when choosing a red dress. These are by no means set in stone, and you should feel free to experiment with red hues. However, it may help you get started!
Please do not be afraid of this colour! You’ve likely been taught to avoid it at all costs, but a red dress can work for you, and steal the show! Generally, brighter red dresses look best on cooler shades of red hair. Whereas opting for a darker dress will best complement those with warmer shades.
This colour was practically made for you! From warm and golden to cool and icy, red complements and elevate lighter locks perfectly. Try softer reds if your hair is very fair and choose a richer hue for warmer honey blondes.
You can really afford to experiment with red dresses! Colors like striking apple red, luxurious maroon, and burgundy shades all look incredible.
Much like brunettes, we would highly recommend trying on a few deeper shades of red to give an overall picture of elegance and drama to your bridal look!
Favorite Red Wedding Dresses
It’s never easy to edit a list of top wedding dresses down to a small group of favourites. These irresistible red beauties have made our job even harder. That being said, we did manage to get it down to five outstanding choices.
1. Red Lace Wedding Dress
This red lace dress by Lace Marry is an absolute showstopper. With its elegant high V-neckline, open back, fitted bodice, and stretch satin fit, you’ll look and feel fantastic. We adore this theatrical dress which also has the most stunning train enhancing the fit and flare skirt.
2. Apple Red Wedding Dress
by Vera Wang
Fully embrace the red wedding dress trend with this amazing apple red dress by Vera Wang. Its off-the-shoulder neckline is classic and elegant whilst the voluminous, asymmetric skirt adds a hint of modern drama. There’s no doubt all eyes with remain on you in this outstanding ball gown style dress.
3. Red And White Wedding Dress
Not ready to let go of that dream white gown? No problem.
Get the best of both worlds with this incredibly pretty red and white wedding dress. It’s perfect for brides who want to step out of their comfort zone and embrace this trend, whilst still including a more traditional idea of bridal wear.
Lovely lacy white top and contrasting burgundy tulle skirt. This is a great option for brides in search of a boho-chic style gown.
4. Wine Red Wedding Dress
Raise our glasses in celebration of this breathtaking wine red gown by Calliste Bride. It’s simply perfect for ladies with dark brown or black hair, and brings a definite air of luxury to your bridal look. The hemline and off the shoulder neckline are both adorned with decorative petals. Meanwhile, the defined waist and full skirt create the perfect princess silhouette.
5. Alternative Red Wedding Dress
This final choice isn’t for everyone. However, if you’re going for an alternative colour, you may as well go all out. We posted a guide the other day on Japanese wedding dresses that includes a traditional red Uchikake wedding kimono.
Totally unique styling, we imagine it’s also the perfect opportunity for brides to show off a particularly fantastic pair of shoes on the big day!
The big question: are you still set on a traditional white gown, or have you been tempted by these fabulous red creations?
Whichever you choose, we hope your eyes have been opened to seeing red when it comes to your bridal look. Dare you indulge in romantic red?