Although the ethereal grace of white weddings in the West has always been a favorite adopted by many, it does not quite equal the passion & romance of marrying in red!
In ancient Rome, the first bridal veils were worn, and were usually an intense red flame-like color which shrouded their entire bodies, called a Flammeum. This early veil would also vary in fiery shades of yellow & orange among the ancient Greeks, but all were intended to protect the bride and the union from evil spirits. Here is an early Roman bride wearing her Flammeum veil:
Perhaps the most opulent of Red Weddings has to be those in both China & in India, who prize the color and believe it attracts happiness, luck & good fortune. In fact, the Indian bride traditionally wears a red dress & veil, but will also have red henna designs with hidden romantic messages or auspicious symbols for her husband to read during their wedding night painted all over her body. Instead of being carried over the threshold, the bride will partake in a ritual in which she dips her feet in red colored water and then walks barefoot through her new home – a custom symbolizing her new role as a married woman.
The Chinese bride will change three times into one red dress for the Tea Ceremony, another red dress for the actual Wedding Ceremony, and finally a third red dress for the Wedding
Reception. Some even have changes of gowns during the reception just for fun.
Inspired by these traditions here are some Red Hot creations by the Wed Eclectic team to set your wedding day ablaze!
“Adored” Veiled Headpiece by MataHari’sDaughter
Masquerade Masks for Two by Artisan Maskers
Personalized Monograms for Wedding invitations by WeddingMonograms
Red Feather Headdress with Roses & Silver Pheasant Feathers by LaCocoRouge
Paper Flower Bridal Bouquets by TheLittleRedButton
Red Sunflower Fascinator by MySmittenBoutique
Hand-painted Wine Glasses by PureBeautyArt
By MoonshineBaby of WedEclectic