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It turns out that white isn't the only color to avoid at weddings: now many claim that wedding guests (especially female guests) are not allowed to come dressed in red. In fact, in the past there were those who believed that a woman who comes to the wedding in red symbolizes to the bride and other guests that she slept with the groom.
Wedding planners Georgie Mitchell and Beth Smith, based in the UK, revealed on The Unfiltered Bride podcast the disturbing reasons why red wedding dresses should be avoided – especially at weddings in the Western world. The episode, titled "It Ain't Your Day," presented general tips on how to behave appropriately at a wedding, including the styles of dress and colors that both professionals think guests should avoid.
"It turns out that for some people, wearing red to a wedding means you slept with the groom. It's a deck of married women from yesteryear, but it exists," Mitchell explained on the podcast. However, the two wedding planners agreed on a more modern reason not to wear red: it can be seen as a way to draw attention away from the bride. "I think red can look pretty sexy and bold," Smith said. "It's kind of like, 'Look at me,'" Mitchell said, noting that it also depends on the cut of the dress.
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An excerpt of their conversation was shared on TikTok and garnered over a million views. "I always thought you shouldn't wear red to your wedding because it's a bright color," one wrote in the comments of the video, while another added: "Yes! Finally there is someone else who has heard about this married women's story. Even without the problematic message, you don't have to wear red because it's the only color that stands out more than the bride's."
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"I wore a red dress to one of my best friends' weddings. Oh no," another viewer snapped, while another added: "I've always been told that wearing red at a wedding means expressing your passion and trying to seduce the groom." Another viewer wrote: "My grandma (ex-sister) said no to red because with a white wedding dress it looks like a bandage and blood."
Critics weren't wrong to argue that scarlet red might be "too eye-catching a color" for a wedding, according to an article published last year on Brides.com website. "Visually, it's pretty bold. In the picture, your eye is immediately drawn to the color, especially if it's next to neutral colors like white, black, gray or beige," said wedding dress designer Gabrielle Hurwitz, who spoke out against the belief that the color red might hint at an old affair with the groom.
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Not just red and white
The discussion broke the boundaries of white and red and dealt with other problematic colors. "Black doesn't fit either. Black is for funerals," one wrote, while another added: "I think the only color to avoid, other than white, is the color chosen by the bridesmaids. They need to stand out." Another viewer wrote: "Colours mean nothing. Just don't wear white and that's it. Everything else goes."
Others have noted that in some cultures the color red is actually a good sign. "It's only in America like this. In different cultures, red means luck, joy and happiness." Some users said they were explicitly instructed to come in red to the wedding. Others noted that red is common at traditional Chinese and Indian weddings because it is seen as a lucky color. In Europe, too, there are some countries that do not see this color as a problem. "It's not a problem in Spain. Totally red is common at weddings. White is the only color that is problematic. Black is usually not ideal but it's not a big deal either," wrote a viewer from Spain.
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Sophie O'Neill, senior stylist at UK-based online fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing, told Fox News Digital that wedding guests who want to wear red on Happy Day should opt for a "modest" dress, a "darker shade" and no "overly revealing or flashy designs." "Coming in red for a wedding can often seem like a risky move," O'Neill wrote, "It's important to recognize the type of event you're invited to when it comes to choosing the right dress. You can wear a red dress as long as you are aware of the general theme and formality of the wedding, to ensure a harmonious and respectful look. When wearing red as a wedding guest, it's important to find the right balance between elegance and the need to avoid outdoing the bride."
The origin of the controversial red dress myth seems unclear. Many online noted that the message about the groom's sexual past is a practice that comes from the South, but no evidence has been provided. In addition, it seems that the color red is problematic for women only, since there is no discussion on the Internet about whether men are allowed to wear red suits to the wedding and whether such an action conveys a message about the sexual past with the bride.
Brides magazine, a popular online wedding planning source that provides tips for couples and guests on the happy day, advises its readers to ignore the myth about what the color red means to wedding guests. "There are no hidden meanings to any color of wedding attire," the magazine explained.
Red is a popular color at weddings and various wedding organization websites have published guides on how to incorporate the color into the design, personal styling for the bride or groom, and guests' attire.