Red wedding dresses in Europe?

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Feb 12th, 2007, 06:31 AM
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Red wedding dresses in Europe?

A friend is getting married (to a Danish guy) and, although it is a first marriage and she is quite young, she is marrying in a bright red gown. She's quite avant guard, so I suppose this is the perfect choice for her.

Just wondering if it's true that red wedding gowns are all the rage in Europe as she says they are.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 06:35 AM
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I have two French friends who both wore red wedding dresses. One was a dark red, the other a much brighter pinky red.
When I was looking for wedding dresses in France and the UK a couple of years ago (was living in Lyon but getting married in Scotland) I noticed quite a few red dresses in French boutiques (or dresses with a red skirt or bodice), but less in the UK.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 06:36 AM
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Hi Crimbrone

I wouldnt go as far as to say Red wedding gowns are all the rage in Europe, I have seen a few bridesmaids wearing red gowns, but Ivory/White is still certainly the most popular colour in Europe, and I cant see that ever changing.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 06:36 AM
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Certainly not.

Though Brides in some countries, for example Hungary, change out of their traditional white dress into a red dress for Dancing late at night.

This is also to symbolise her move into married life. (ahem)
 
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Feb 12th, 2007, 06:45 AM
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Nice one lawchick!
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Feb 12th, 2007, 06:50 AM
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Regarding "the move" (such a cute little phrase) is that why the groom wears black?
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Feb 12th, 2007, 06:50 AM
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Interesting question! Paula Yates married Bob Geldof in a red dress in 1986. She looked great then and I think the look has stood the test of time. What do you think:

http://tinyurl.com/yvnafo
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Feb 12th, 2007, 06:52 AM
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This is going to be one of those amusing threads that keeps everyone smiling
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Feb 12th, 2007, 08:08 AM
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Well my nearly daughter-in-law has chosen a burgundy and cream dress. She didn't want white/ivory (they have a son already) and I have to say to looks stunning on her. But all the rage? No, I think most brides still opt for the trad colours. The last few weddings I've been to, in Holland and UK the brides have worn white or ivory.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 08:39 AM
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A younger friend in the region of Veneto got married a few years ago in a pinkish rose colored wedding dress. It was beautiful on her. She had quite a formal wedding and reception. A few older women didn't approve of course. But with her coloring I personally think she made a beautiful choice.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 08:47 AM
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Forget Paula's gorgeous red dress. What do y'all think that guy is wearing under his kilt?
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Feb 12th, 2007, 09:30 AM
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My daughetr recently got engaged and we're currently venue and gown searching. Even here in NYC red is in fashion - and blue, too.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 10:14 AM
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I chose not to go traditional when I got married - I wore a blue dress. It was great.

I don't know about any trends in that direction, but I think brides and grooms should wear what they like for their weddings, and if anyone doesn't approve, then I guess they don't approve. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 11:02 AM
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Red used to be a traditional colour for weddings in many french areas (white was for nobility) - the red colour has made a come back in the last 4 or 5 years and is now #2 after beige/cream and before white (and many brides look so much better and less wishy washy in red than in white don't you think ?)
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Feb 12th, 2007, 11:07 AM
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There is a colour signification for both colours - at least in latine cultures, i don't know for others : white = virginity, red = love (we can hope that love is ALWAYS granted, the other one, hmm....)
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Feb 12th, 2007, 12:26 PM
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If she were my friend, I would check her into rehab until she came to her senses.

A red wedding dress? Is your friend Patricia Field.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 01:03 PM
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Hey C,

Are you too young to remember "Better Red Than Dead"?

Le plus ça change.....

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Feb 12th, 2007, 01:40 PM
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Well, it sounds like she's telling the truth about it being, if not all the rage, then certainly a trend in Europe. Who knew?

I'm sure she'll look beautiful in red. She's thin and gorgeous with strawberry blonde hair and a pale complexion. I agree that white, aside from the obvious symbolism, isn't always the most flattering color on people.

More important, I spelled "avant garde" wrong in my initial post! I'm mortified, and am only glad I could correct myself before the board pedants (bored pedants?) went for my oh so gauche underbelly...
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Feb 12th, 2007, 02:55 PM
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endlesssummer, that photograph is stunning. How very dramatic and how very boring it makes the traditional white dresses seem.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 03:34 PM
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It didn't end well for Paula.

Red dress is a no no imho.

Anyway, everyone should wear whatever they are most comfortable in (NOT!)
 
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