You should choose your personal shade of red according to your color type. As you may know, there are four main color types: spring, summer, fall and winter.
“Spring” is a very frequent color type for women in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the USA. This type includes natural blondes with light skin and blue or green eyes. It’s a “warm” color type, so the skin is light peach rather than pale. These brides will look perfect in tomato, coral, apricot, orange and papaver shades.
A woman of the “fall” type is the typical Irish lady. She has warm light or semi-light skin, red or honey brown hair and green or hazelnut eyes. These ladies will look great in terracotta, tomato and copper-red dresses.
Brides whose color type is “summer” are very pale, with Russian or ash blonde hair and grey or blue eyes. The most flattering colors for them are raspberry, scarlet, vine, or cherry. Burgundy is also an acceptable variation.
Finally, there is the “winter” type. These ladies have skin that is porcelain (Dita von Teese) or olive (Penelope Cruz). They also typically have dark blue, green, black or dark hazelnut eyes. Winter brides look best in raspberry, magenta, burgundy, ruby, or scarlet.
Dresses for Bridesmaids and Guests
If you want a red-themed wedding but choose to keep a traditional snowy-white dress, your bridesmaids MUST wear red dresses in order not to lose the theme.
Guests may wear whatever shade of red they prefer, or at least some red accessory like a silk scarf or necktie.
First of all, you will need to consult with a florist when deciding what flowers to choose. The flowers need to be long-lived so that they will not wilt. Of course, burgundy roses are very popular choice, but not all the breeds of roses are long-lived. Besides, roses are too cliché for an innovative wedding. Instead, consider tulips, peons, gerberas, or chrysanthemums.
If your wedding is planned for late fall, you may include maple leaves in your bouquet, or even make the whole bouquet with them. On the other hand, if it’s winter, you might choose a Christmas-themed bouquet with Ardisia crenata.
Aside from the bridal dress, the groom’s outfit, and the wedding invitations, you can also highlight your red wedding’s theme with red ornaments for the banquet hall, the chapel, or any other reception. Because red matches and snow-white go together perfectly, you may choose snow-white napkins for the tables and accompany them with red ribbons, rose petals, or candles. Bi-colored favorites will also look great.
A bowl with red-and-white candles “swimming” in red petals and water will come out much better than the usual wedding table bouquets. Balloons are another aspect to consider. You can design the color composition of the balloons however you prefer, so long as they match the red theme.
You’ll also want to think about the favors you’ll give your guests. Red apples, strawberries, cranberry juice or punch, or tomatoes will maintain your wedding’s theme.
Needless to say, the center of your red wedding will be the cake. Use white icing and burgundy or berry red ornaments.
A red wedding car, especially a Volkswagen or Peugeot, will be the best complement for the couple who love passionate red. Retro cars in red may be very expensive, but you should still consider this variation, especially if you go for wedding apparel in the style of the 1920s or 1950s.
If you are in London, taking a ride on a red Double-Decker is a fun and unique alternative.
We wish you a passionate and memorable red wedding!