Red Wedding Decor: 6 Tips and Tricks on How to Style Your Wedding Red
Former Vogue editor and fashion world icon, Diana Vreeland, loved the color red. In fact, she’s quoted as saying:
“I can’t imagine becoming bored with red – it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.”
Red has long been associated with love and passion. So it makes perfect sense to pick a red wedding theme (particularly if you love the color as much as Vreeland did).
Done right, red wedding décor has a huge impact and some wonderful associations too.
Why choose a red themed wedding?
Let’s start by saying – it’s your big day. If you love the color red, that’s reason enough to choose it for your wedding.
But there are lots of other great reasons to opt for red wedding decor.
Firstly, the color red carries lots of wonderful meanings, well suited to a wedding day. In the west, it represents love, romance and excitement. In China, red symbolizes luck, joy and happiness.
Red also represents confidence. If a wedding is a chance to showcase your personality and that of your partner, red is bold, fearless and lots of fun.
Tempted by red? Go your own way and embrace its vivid tones!
What shades of red are there?
When you’re picking out red wedding decor, it’s really important that you’re able to describe your vision to the people around you – whether that’s your wedding planner, your venue or your other half.
That starts by pinning down the shade of red you particularly love. Here’s a quick rundown of the different tones you can choose between.
Vivid red: This is as red as it gets – the primary red shade we’d probably refer to as scarlet.
Dark red: These dark reds contain purple or brown tones and are relatively muted. Think burgundy, maroon and oxblood.
Orange red: Also known as chili red, vermillion or tomato red, orange reds are fun and vibrant.
Pink red: For a more romantic feel, pick a red that contains shades of pink. These include, amaranth, ruby red and crimson.
How to style red wedding decor
So you’ve decided to go with a red wedding theme. And you’ve picked out your shade. What now?
It’s time to weave that red color scheme into your wedding decor. You want it to be perfectly pitched – eye-catching but not overbearing.
Here are the things you need to consider to bring your red wedding decor together beautifully:
Any wedding color scheme needs a main color and at least two accent colors. One of those accents should be relatively neutral.
A balanced color scheme will help to unify bridal party outfits, your venue and – ultimately – your wedding photographs.
So what works well with red?
You can tone red down with whites, greys, natural greens or champagne tones. Alternatively, go all out glam by accenting red with rich jewel tones. You can also up the romance by combining red with pinks.
Just be sure to consider the connotations of a few famous red color schemes.
Primary red and bright forest green make people think of Christmas. Red, white and blue is forever linked with the Fourth of July. Unless you want your wedding associated with those occasions, tread carefully when picking out accents.
Start as you mean to go on with red-themed wedding stationery. Your save the dates and invitations help set the stage for your big day.
Add red embellishments to your invites and consider sending them in on-theme red envelopes. Then get thinking about how you’ll incorporate your chosen shade of red into stationery for the day itself.
There are so many flowers to choose from when you’ve decided on red wedding decor.
Your centerpieces are one of the key places to showcase your red theme. As well as red florals, you’ll want to take a look at the following:
Pick tapered red candles for tall neutral-toned candlesticks. Or for a more boho vibe, incorporate a few red votive holders along the length of a banquet table.
If florals just aren’t your thing, there are lots of original and exciting centerpiece alternatives.
If your wedding decor still doesn’t feel red enough, choose a red runner or red napkins for your tables.
If you’ve picked a particularly muted shade of red, you might even get away with a rustic, red linen table cloth. Just be sure to pair it with other table linens in your neutral accent.
Whilst having all reception tables garbed in red may feel a little OTT, you can certainly emphasize your theme at the cake table. Use red fabrics or flowers to give your wedding cake the stage it deserves.
Food and drink
The food and drink you serve at your wedding is another great place to pick up your red theme.
Choose a red cocktail, like a Singapore Sling or a Cosmopolitan, as your signature wedding drink.
You could serve champagne with raspberries on beautiful antique silver trays instead. Or just decorate your welcome drinks with edible floral garnishes – in red, of course.
And why not surprise your guests by cutting into a red velvet wedding cake?
Bridal party outfit accents
Bridesmaid dresses are often at the heart of a wedding color scheme. But other items of bridal party clothing can help tie your red theme together.
Pick out red ties and pocket squares for the groomsmen. Gift your bridesmaids red clutch bags. The bride may want to wear scarlet red shoes under her white dress or sport a favorite shade of red lipstick.
It’s little touches like these that will really bring your red wedding decor to life.