6 Ways to Add the Color Red to Your Wedding

A bride and groom surrounded by red smoke as they kiss.

If you love the look of white and cream décor, you’re in luck when wedding planning. Most venues and wedding “themes” have ample opportunity for lace, macrame touches, white flowers, white ribbon, and white tulle. However, what if your favorite color is rich, ruby red? Red isn’t traditionally considered a wedding color, but it’s a favorite of many, so those who love the color should be encouraged to make it a part of their special day. Here are some ways you can have red in each of the little touches of your wedding while staying true to as much of the traditional “look” as you like.

1. Use Red Flowers as the Focal Points in Your Bouquets and Centerpieces

A winter bride standing in the snow and holding a bouquet of eucalyptus and red and purple flowers.

When choosing flowers, there are plenty of ruddy options available! Add a bright red daisy, chrysanthemum, or the always-classy red rose to your bouquet design, boutonnieres, and centerpiece flowers. Mixed in among greenery and a variety of other flower colors, red will not only be striking but will also contrast beautifully with the other décor. If you are planning a winter wedding, consider adding some bright red holly berries along with those gorgeous dark green waxy leaves. Use red flowers as a starting point for your decorations, and other red touches will work perfectly.

2. Wear an Engagement Ring or Wedding Band With Red Gemstones

An engagement ring with a red gemstone surrounded by diamonds.

While most opt for the clear diamond as the stone in the wedding or engagement ring, beautiful rubies or garnets are popular options for a non-traditional wedding ring. If you aren’t sure you want to commit to an everyday piece of jewelry that’s not so traditional, consider wearing a ring with a small red stone for a little while and see how it looks with your wardrobe.

3. Outfit Your Bridesmaids in Red Dresses and Your Groomsmen in Red Accessories

A bride with three bridesmaids holding bouquets and wearing red dresses.

Want a deep, rich red to be present in your wedding photos? Why not work with your bridesmaids to choose some red dresses? A dark burgundy color is flattering on a lot of skin tones, so choose the shade of fabric you like at a bridal store and let everyone pick their favorite dress style in that same color. The same goes for the groomsmen. Work a red bow tie or red suspenders into their look, or even red shoes for a subtle but fun approach.

4. Use Red Tablecloths, Napkins, and Place Settings at the Wedding Reception

A table at a wedding reception with a red table cloth and other red accents.

While it can be a tall order to find red tables or chairs, usually it can be quite simple to find linens in almost any shade rent them or purchase your own to use before reselling to a future bride! If you are planning to go with disposable place settings, ordering a fancy style of disposable plates, cutlery, and napkins is completely possible in a gorgeous red shade. Check out online disposable place setting vendors and comparison shop to get a good deal on bulk buys.

5. Enjoy Red Options for Food and Drinks at the Reception Dinner

A table at a wedding reception with red food and drinks.

Not quite comfortable with red in the decorations themselves? So many of the most savory and delightful foods involve red! Pull in a flavorful tomato-based sauce for your pasta dish, or offer a ruby red pinot noir with dinner. The obvious choice for wedding cake? Red velvet! Preferably with some delicious buttercream on top and between the layers. Your favorite color can also contribute to just how flavorful your wedding reception will be.

6. Wear a Red Wedding Dress or Red Makeup

A bride with red roses in her hair and red lipstick.

You love red, you say? Why not wear the color yourself if you’re not afraid to be unconventional! Shop online first to find stores that carry some out-of-the-box styles. If you don’t want to wear a red dress, incorporate the shade into your accessories, such as a red sash around the waist, red appliqué flowers, or even simply a red lip or nail color. You can also bring in a bright red suit or just a dashing red bow tie for the groom. It’s your wedding, and being beautiful and fully yourselves is the goal of the day.

No matter how you choose to incorporate this wonderful rich color into your wedding, be assured that the colors of your wedding matter much more as reflections of your personalities and preferences than they do as part of a tradition. By choosing to celebrate in a way that uniquely reflects you, you are setting the precedent of putting each other first in your marriage as well, which is a great way to start off a lifelong relationship.

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