As a warm colour, red is about the hottest it gets. Red represents passion, love and power. The colour red provides an attention grabbing effect; use it to set a confident, passionate mood to your wedding. The warm colour red has many meanings, red is reminiscent of cupid the god of love but also the devil, a powerful evil enemy of god. In some cultures, red is the colour of purity, joy, and celebration. In china red is the color of happiness and is said to believe good luck.


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Shades of Red

The colour red comes in many shades.


Alizarin crimson Red,Amaranth Red, Burgundy Red, Burnt sienna, Candy apple Red, Cardinal Red, Carmine Red, Carnelian Red, Cerise Red, Chestnut Red, Coquelicot, Coral Red, Crimson, Falu red, Fire engine red, Flame Red, Fuchsia Red, Fulvous, Gules, Lava Red, Magenta, Maroon Red, Mauve, Persian red, Persimmon Red, Puce, Raspberry Red, Red-violet, Redwood Red, Rose Red, Rosso corsa, Ruby Red, Ruddy, Rufous, Rust Red, Sangria Red, Scarlet Red, Sinopia, Terracotta, Tuscan red, Upsdell red, Venetian red, Vermilion, Wine Red.

Colours to Compliment Red Weddings

Red has always been a popular wedding colour, it looks stunning not only as the colour of a wedding gown but also as a accent colour. When choosing colours to compliment red you could start with your favorite colour, the colour of a certain flower you must have at your wedding or even what colours suit your grooms and bridesmaids skin tones.

Every colour comes in different shades and tones so you are bound to find one that will be perfect for you. If you want you’re wedding to warm and joyous you should use neutral colours or other warm colours combined with rich and bright shades reds such as ivory, white, cream, golden yellows and greys. Remember with warm colours little is more and you don’t have to over do it small doses are often more effective then large doses when it comes to bright, strong colours. Balloons, table decorations, bridesmaid dresses, cravats or the waist coat of the groom along with ribbons on the flowers or even the cake would be the perfect examples of where you could use an accent colour along to compliment the red and tone it down it to create that perfect passionate wedding theme.

Red can work amazing not only as the primary colour at a wedding but also when being used to add warmth to cooler colours. Using a touch of red to colour schemes such as grey, cool blues, will add warmth to the colours little and make the in some cases dull, cool colours brighter and more intense. Red with a dash of black can create a dramatic wedding look and suggest a seductive and sexy mood. Adding red to certain colours can change the look completely and help colours adapt to different seasons for example using red as the accent colour to deep greens, along with ivory will also give you a gorgeous Christmas theme winter weddings. If that’s not to your taste combining a touch of rich red and rich purple with ivory is another option for a gorgeous luxurious winter theme.

Colours to Avoid at a Red Wedding

If you are going for that classy, elegant wedding most of us dream of there are some colours that will definitely not give that impression when teamed with red. Whilst the different tones of red will go with almost any other colour in the world there are a few that just don’t suit at a wedding. Unless you’re having a Christmas themed wedding you should avoid green, it just doesn’t go. Unless you’re after a bright sunny wedding stay away from hot pinks, oranges and bright reds together it will be to colourful and overpowering having so many bold, bright colours together. Also deep rich reds are dark colours shouldn’t be paired with other dark colours without using a lighter neutral to tone it down, your wedding will just look too dark and give a moody atmosphere. Unless you’re after creating any of the moods mentioned above they should be avoided.

Red Wedding Decorations

Favours are the perfect way to say thank you to all your guests for attending your special day and will give them something they can keep to remind them of your wedding. Finding favours in red will be an easy job but if you wish to give favours that don’t match your colour scheme you do have the choice of favour boxes and organza bags that come in all colours. Putting favours in small boxes or bags means you can give your guests anything you wish in any colour and they won’t detract from your red theme as they will be concealed but also beautifully presented. Another option is to introduce that accent colour again whether it is ivory or cool blue it will still fit in with your colour scheme and you may have more option when it comes to buying the favours.

Traditionally favours were sugared almonds, chocolates wrapped in foil or candy of some sort. That would work well with having an red colour scheme as there are candy and foil covered chocolates in abundance red in colour, however if you plan to give something your guests can keep what about miniature bubbles, picture frames, stationary or even lottery ticket holders which has become very popular, these all come in almost all colours to fit in with any wedding. For the kids activity books and jars filled with strawberry laces or sweets would be a great idea and keep them amused through the speeches, perfect.